Tikal Ruins Tours

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Once a powerful seat of the Mayan empire, Tikal is now the most famous archeological site in Guatemala and one of the most-visited sets of Mayan ruins in all of Latin America. The UNESCO World Heritage Site, consisting of temples, plazas, and pyramids, was first settled around 700 BC, and modern visitors still get swept away by their beauty and powerful aura.

The Basics
Tikal stands apart from other sites of Mayan ruins due to its location deep in the jungle and its easy access, as the roads leading to one of the most popular attractions in Central America are well-maintained. Guided tours make it seamless to visit the ruins on a bus, shuttle, or airplane from as near as Flores or as far as Antigua and Guatemala City, or across the border from San Ignacio, Belize—even on a day trip. Those who want to stay longer can take an overnight tour or book a hostel or campground for the night, which gives opportunity to watch the sunrise from the top of an ancient pyramid.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • It’s best to book a tour with round-trip transportation or plan to stay the night as Tikal is in a somewhat remote location.
  • Some of the not-to-miss highlights include Temple of the Grand Jaguar, Northern Acropolis, and Temple of Inscriptions.
  • Visitors can explore an onsite museum to learn more about the ruins’ history and rediscovery.
  • Lodging and camping are available outside the park.

How to Get There
As one of the most popular attractions in the region, Tikal is easy to access. The ruins are located in El Peten, and regular shuttles run from Guatemala City, Antigua, Lake Atitlan, and Belize. Flights help you make the most of your time, as the shuttle rides can last upwards of 12 hours.
Many guided tours include worry-free transportation.

When to Get There
Visit during the rainy season, generally May through October, for the fewest crowds (though come prepared with rain gear). Park hours are 6am to 6pm and are strictly enforced.

Lord of Chocolate
As the capital of a conquest state, Tikal served as a center for trade and economy, growing to a population of almost 100,000 before its decline. Some of its more noteworthy characters include Jasaw Chan K'awiil I, also known as Au Cacao (Lord Chocolate!), who conquered the chief rival Mayan state of Calakmul around 695 AD.
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Address: Petén, Guatemala
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Tikal Day Tour

Discover the ancient Maya civilization during this unforgettable 7-hour visit to Tikal, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the culture’s most important urban centers. Spend your trip visiting Tikal’s most impressive structures like Temple IV, The Central Acropolis, Complex Q and many more, learning about the building techniques and history of this vibrant people from your guide. Your Tikal visit also includes site entrance fees, lunch, a guide and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$70.00
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Day Trip Tikal National Park from Flores

Uncover the mysteries of the ancient Mayas with a full-day tour of the Tikal archeological site from Flores. Venture into the UNESCO-listed Tikal National Park for a guided tour of the park’s Mayan ruins, including the fascinating Central Acropolis, the grand Temple II and the Lost World. Finish your adventure tucking into a 3-course lunch of typical Guatemalan cuisine. This small-group tour includes pick-up and drop-off from the Mundo Maya International Airport in Flores.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Tikal Day Tour from Flores

See one of Guatemala’s most incredible archeological sites and climb through ancient ruins at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tikal National Park (Parque Nacional Tikal). Your expert guide will lead you on a tour through the jungle—and through history, and share stories about old world cultures and traditions that date back all the way to the Mayans. This full-day tour from the city of Flores, Santa Elena Peten or Mundo Maya International Airport includes an up-close look at the temples and plazas of Tikal, a traditional Guatemalan lunch and roundtrip transportation to your hotel or airport.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Tikal Maya Ruins Full Day Tour from Guatemala City

Uncover the ancient mysteries of a Mayan monument on a full-day trip to the Tikal Ruins from Guatemala City. The towering temples of the Tikal Ruins reign solemnly over the dense rainforest: alongside your guide, you’ll explore the archaeological site and observe exotic flora and fauna along the way. Learn about Tikal’s historical significance from culture-rich commentary and admire prominent architectural features such as the iconic Temple I and the Central Acropolis.  Lunch and round-trip transport from your Guatemala City hotel are included in the tour.
  • Duration: 14 hours
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US$339.99
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Day Trip to Tikal from Flores

The massive grounds and temple structures of Tikal are brought to life on a guided tour, which tells the stories behind this UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mayan ruin that you might otherwise miss. After pickup from your Flores hotel, visit top Tikal sites like the Great Plaza, Temple IV, and Lost World Complex before eating lunch and returning to your accommodation.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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US$40.00
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Tikal National Park Birding Day (Peten)

From the Island of Flores Peten  are one hours to drive (65 km) is one of most  known and recommended hotspots to bird watching in Guatemala,  the bird watcher people who love nature, wildlife, history and the archaeological.  Come here to still increasing your life checklist. We invite you to explore the diverse tropical wildlife in forests and plantations in the extension of 55,005 hectares.
  • Duration: 1 day
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