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Tikal Day Trip by Air from Guatemala City with Lunch

Guatemala City, Guatemala

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  • 15 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Offered in: English


Discover the ancient ruins of Tikal and gain a deeper understanding of Mayan culture and traditions on this Tikal day trip by air from Guatemala City with lunch. Take a scenic flight from the nation’ capital and make your way to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed archeological park in the comfort of an air-conditioned coach. Wander the jungle with your expert guide who will offer up facts, stories and history about the temples that surround you. Get the most of your time in Guatemala with this truly memorable day trip!
  • Day trip to the Mayan Tikal ruins by air from Guatemala City
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tikal National Park to discover the ancient Mayan ruins
  • Explore one of the pre-Colombian civilization’s largest archaeological sites with your expert guide
  • Round-trip airfare, lunch and all entrance fees included

What's Included

  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • English- and Spanish-speaking guide
  • Gratuities
  • Drinks
  • Departure tax from Mundo Maya Airport US$ 3.00 per person

Meeting And Pickup

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Start time

04:15 AM

Pickup details

Departure Point: Tour departs from most Guatemala City hotels. Pick up time will be within 15 minutes of the established departure time in your confirmation. Return point: Returns to original departure point

What To Expect

This extraordinary day trip from Guatemala City showcases the best of Mayan architecture, culture and tradition. Enjoy a scenic flight over lush countryside as you make your way to the jungles of Guatemala and the ancient ruins of Tikal. 

Your friendly guide will collect you from your Guatemala City hotel  and transport you to the local airport where you’ll head out on a small plane bound for the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site of Tikal National Park. The 341-square mile (550 sq km) park is home to thousands of ancient structures and plenty of Mayan history.

Your expert guide will take you through Tikal’s major highlights including the Central Acorpolis, maze of courtyards and dozens of small temples. You’ll see the impressive twin pyramid complexes and temples that were once used for Mayan rituals. You’ll enjoy a local lunch I the park with fellow travelers and have additional time to explore at your leisure before returning to the Flores airport and making your way back to Guatemala City.

Tikal National Park

Upon arrival at Flores Airport, you'll be driven to Tikal National Park (Parque Nacional Tikal), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With an area of more than 341 square miles (550 sq km), this national park contains thousands of separate ruin structures scattered around, each full of fascinating history. Visit the Mayan ruins with your expert guide and explore everything from the Central Acropolis, a maze of courtyards and small temples, to Complex Q and R, where you'll see twin pyramid complexes with altars set in front of the temples. Visit the massive Temple I, the Temple of the Grand Jaguar. Across the way, visit the equally beautiful Temple II, the Temple of the Masks. Next, enjoy a delicious lunch at Tikal National Park before having some free time. Then, head back to the Flores airport to begin your transfer back to Guatemala City.

4 hours Admission Ticket Free

Temple I

Your guide will show you Temple I, located in the Great Plaza, it is also known as the Temple of the Gran Jaguar because of a lintel that represents a king sitting upon a jaguar throne. Temple I is a typically Petén-styled limestone stepped pyramid structure that is dated to approximately 732 AD.

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • The flights from Guatemala City are at the following time: Guatemala - Flores Departure: 6:30am - Arrival: 7:30am Flores - Guatemala Departure: 8:15pm - Arrival: 9:10pm *Schedule may vary subject to airline.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • *Change fee applies.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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      Frequently Asked Questions

      The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

      Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Tikal Day Trip by Air from Guatemala City with Lunch?

      A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
      • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
      • Face masks required for guides in public areas
      • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

      Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Tikal Day Trip by Air from Guatemala City with Lunch?

      A:The policies on sanitization are:
      • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
      • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
      • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

      Q:What is the social distancing policy during Tikal Day Trip by Air from Guatemala City with Lunch?

      A:The policy on social distancing is:
      • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

      Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Tikal Day Trip by Air from Guatemala City with Lunch?

      A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
      • Guides required to regularly wash hands
      • Regular temperature checks for staff

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      Do get up the Mundos Perdidos pyramid as the view is breathtaking.
      117 reviews
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      Great Day Trip!
      Gabriel_L, Dec 2021
      It's a great way to see Tikal if you are limited on time. I spent about 4.5 hours in Tikal, and I think that's enough time to see pretty much everything there with the tour guide (Aquilino), who is very friendly and knowledgeable about Mayan history and culture. Here's how it went (FYI): I got picked up at a hotel in Zone 9 in Guatemala City at 4:30am; checked-in with Aeromar/G Airways to Flores (Note: you can bring liquid onboard, there's no liquid limitation on domestic flights in Guatemala...and it's important because once you pass security, there's only a waiting hall with bathrooms and nothing else). Flight was on-time, 50 min to Flores. Once at Flores at around 7:30, I was greeted by someone with a sign with my name on it. I hanged out at the cafeteria next door until 8am when we (the tour group) departed for Tikal. It took about an hour and a half to get to Tikal, and we made couple stops: first to check out the model of the Tikal site with bathrooms and shops for about 15-20 min; second was a quick stop to take picture of the lake. We arrived at Tikal at about 9:30. On the way walking to the different temple, we ordered lunch (a choice of beef, chicken, port, veggie, comes with rice and veggie). The lunch is served after we were done with the tour at Tikal, and the restaurant is within the site. I think we got to the restaurant at about 2:30 and after that we left the site. Since we got a bit of time, for those who were flying back to GUA, the tour guy arranged a quick stop at Flores Island for 50 min (4:30-5:20ish) before we were dropped off at about 5:30 at the airport for the 7:20pm flight back to GUA. At the Flores Airport, there's a cafeteria where I had a quick dinner before flight. Other options are available across the street slightly to the east of the airport where there's a shopping center with Pizza Hut, McDonald's and Taco Bell. Again, after security at the airport, there's waiting hall with bathrooms only. Flight back was on-time and got picked up again at GUA back to the hotel. Everything went smoothly with no issues. It's a long day but it is perfect if you are short in-time and really want to visit Tikal (which is the best Mayan site I've visited so far, and I've been to Tulum, Coba, Chichen Itza, Altun Ha, and Iximche)
      3 travelers found this review helpful
      Adventure of a lifetime!
      Shruti_D, Aug 2022
      Incredible tour! Our guide was so knowledgeable about the history/archeological findings and great at spotting wildlife. We saw toucans, an armadillo, spider monkeys, howler monkeys and a tigra. The lunch was delicious as well and had both non veg and veg options. It was a long day but we were able to have a full day in Tikal and take our time to see everything. Would absolutely recommend booking with this group!
      Worth it
      Sandra_U, Jul 2022
      We were a little skeptical of this tour at first. We were picked up by a driver who smelled bad - like he hadn't showered in a week. He picked us up from the hotel, picked up two more from another hotel, and dropped us off at the airport with no direction or assistance. The 4 of us wandered around until we figured out where to go and what to do. Upon arrival in Flores, everything was seamless. The driver there was great, and the English-speaking tour guide (his name was unusual, begins with an E) was exceptional. The site was as impressive as we had imagined, and E gave us a thorough tour. We had time to climb everything we wanted and got a nice lunch at the on-site restaurant as well. Overall, a worthwhile experience.
      Fatastic place - must see!!!
      Marek_L, Dec 2021
      It was really a fascinating trip - throughout history. Beautiful place, architecture and atmosphere. Guide (Aquilina) - very professional, speaking very good English and sympathetic.
      Super cool trip from Guatemala City...
      Mychal, Feb 2016
      Super cool trip from Guatemala City. You fly up to Flores early in the morning. About an hour drive up to the park. The trails are fairly easy to walk, but climbing the different temples could be challenging if you're not in some decent shape. You don't have to climb the temples if you don't want to. The Tikal ruins are absolutely amazing and are truly a sight to see. I highly recommend this tour. The guide for the day was Abel, he was fantastic, spoke perfect English and had so much knowledge to share. The lunch in the park after the tour was good as well. Be prepared to pay a few bucks for beverages at lunch as they're not included. Overall, was a great day and would have loved to spend more time at the ruins.
      This was a fantastic tour. Our guide...
      JEDADIAH J, May 2014
      This was a fantastic tour. Our guide Manuel spoke English very well. He was very knowledgeable. The trip was exactly what I wanted: a plane trip from Guatemala City to Flores, a bus ride to Tikal, a walking tour of Tikal, a lunch, and a flight back to Guatemala City. Perfect.
      This is a great trip that hits all...
      Rebecca O, Mar 2018
      This is a great trip that hits all the important spots in Tikal. This a truly exceptional option for someone that does not have many days in Guatemala but wants to see Tikal.
      We were picked up from the hotel...
      Darlene_J, Feb 2018
      We were picked up from the hotel promptly at about 4:45 am and brought to the airport. Note the airline you'll be flying because it is totally ticketless. You will take a small plane to Flores we flew TAC air. The shuttle was waiting for us when we landed. Flores is SO different from the airport in Guatemala City. It's not frantic, it's clean and it feels safe. The tour was great. Hiking through the jungle, we saw spider monkeys and heard the howler monkeys. Our guide pointed out different fauna and the area was beautiful. There were so many ruins and it was almost overwhelming. It is a very long day. Here are some things to keep in mind. It is very humid. The trails were VERY slippery. You will do a lot of walking I think it was over 5 miles of walking per fitbit and you will climb a LOT of steps although this is optional, but I highly recommend going to the top of the pyramids for a better view. The lunch was onsite at about 2:30pm, and it was very good. You should bring a little snack and a water, as you will be doing a lot of walking between the time you land and lunch. I am a 57 year old woman in reasonable shape and by the end of the day I was exhausted. It was SO worth it, but plan on a very long day. My only complaint was the flight back from Tikal. The gate agent insisted my ticket was issued by mistake and wouldn't let me on the plane until a later flight even though my ticket clearly indicated I was suppose to be on the earlier flight. The tour company made my travel companion wait in Guatemala City until my later flight arrived. This was an infuriating end to a very nice day. The airline didn't even attempt to listen when I insisted I was part of the tour that was on the plane...If you have 16 hours in Guatemala City, I would absolutely recommend this tour.
      A group of 10 of us traveled to...
      Judith W, Feb 2018
      A group of 10 of us traveled to Guatemala to visit friends living there temporarily. We considered Tikal a must see, even though we only had one day to squeeze it in. Several people in our group have bad knees and were worried about being able to keep up. When I met our guide, Benny, at the airport in Flores I told him about our concerns. He arranged for an open bed truck with bench seats to take us quite a bit of the distance and let us out to see the Temples and walk the rest of the way and then a return trip back on the truck. It made all the difference. Thunderstorms were predicted for the day of our trip and I was worried it would ruin our trip, but we only had a smattering of rain drops no big deal. Benny was a great guide. Lunch was good. We all enjoyed the trip very much.
      This was an excellent all day tour...
      Clive B, Jul 2016
      This was an excellent all day tour from Guatemala City. Be prepared for a long day! Collected from hotel at around 5am, then a 7am flight of around 45 minutes in a tiny plane to Flores. Meal box on the plane was an unexpected bonus, even if nothing special. Then taken by mini bus to Tikal - about an hour and a quarter drive, plus a 20 minute stop at a shop with souvenirs and provisions. No pressure to buy anything. Tikal itself very impressive. Lots of different buildings in various states of repair, but managed to walk up about six of them which offered a different perspective and some great views across the jungle. The guided walk around the site was quite relaxed, and lasted about 5 hours 9.30am to 2.20pm with a very knowledgeable guide. As someone who hates being rushed and not seeing most of the site this was really good - although some on the tour seemed to want their lunch earlier. Lunch was provided on the way out of the site - not the greatest of meals, but did provide some much needed food and drink, and there was a reasonable choice of dishes. On the way back we also had time to stop for half an hour in Flores itself, by the lake, which was pleasant. Highly recommended if you have a full day to spare in Guatemala.
      This day trip will give you a taste...
      Margareta M, May 2016
      This day trip will give you a taste of the rich historical surroundings - our guide was fluent in english and knew a lot :- highly recommended
      The tour itself was amazing. Truly a...
      KAREN M, Jan 2016
      The tour itself was amazing. Truly a GREAT experience. The ONLY issue I had was when we were checking in at the Flores airport to fly back to Guatemala city, they had the nerve to charge 20 quetzales each person as a tax fee. I told them that my tour had already been paid for and the clerk was rude and said talk to the tour company about it, but you are not boarding without paying for it. An advanced notice would have been appreciated. But, the food was GREAT and a wonderful experience.
      Tikal is beautiful and well worth...
      Randall D, Feb 2016
      Tikal is beautiful and well worth the early morning departure. A side trip to the lake near Flores was very nice. However, we arrived at the airport for return to Guatemala City several hours early. This was a disappointing and boring ending to an otherwise great adventure.
      I have only good things to say about...
      Edward_D, Mar 2014
      I have only good things to say about the tour and the local vendor who provided it. Even though our flight from Guatemala City to Flores/Tikal was delayed by technical problems, the guide met our delayed flight and made up time in Tikal by his expert knowledge and ability to perfectly adapt the pace to our small group's interests (very active and extensive walking).
      Our trip to Tikal was fantastic...
      Ann W, Jun 2014
      Our trip to Tikal was fantastic. Viator made it so easy. They picked us up at our hotel, flight was easy, airport pickup in Flores was easy. Our guide, Fernando, was excellent and spoke terrific English. It was an amazing trip. Well-organized. I would use Viator again for other trips.
      Trip was good, but an unknown person...
      Swapan B, Nov 2013
      Trip was good, but an unknown person died with possibly heart attack at Tikal during our visit. There was no medical emergency medical help, not even a walk i-talki to contact any emergency personnel. It is dangerous place to visit without any emergency help. We found out the batteries for Walk i-talki is out over a year. I will not recommend any one to take this trip with this kind of situation.
      Very Interesting tour. Everything...
      grigol b, May 2014
      Very Interesting tour. Everything were on high level. Exactly at 5 AM, responsible person pick up me to Guatemala city Airport. At Flores Airport our guide meet me and some other persons with shuttle. We reached Tikal site at 10 AM and immediately we started to explore this amazing place. Great. Special thanks to our guide Lopez (name is very difficult for me). He supported us for exploring not only historical monuments, but very nice nature and animals from this region.
      Our trip was fun and very...
      Cindy J, Jan 2014
      Our trip was fun and very informative. The guide spoke understandable English and took us all over the park. He knew the park well and lots about the Mayan culture and practices. Also, lunch was good. We were picked up at our hotel and returned at the end of the day, which was very helpful. However, I wish that I had an itinerary for the day telling me what time the flights were. The time frame did was not according to the website.
      Made Tikal come alive!
      Jay_R, Feb 2022
      The Mayan ruins just blew us away and to know that only 20% have been discovered! From the hotel pickup to the flights, the tour and ending with the hotel drop-off everything worked like clockwork! Luis, our guide was fantastic in showing us all the sights and making Tikal come alive for us. His extensive knowledge and positive nature made the tour even more enjoyable! Will recommend this tour and Guatemala as a tourist destination to all my friends!
      Great time and wonderful...
      Jessica_H, Jan 2022
      Great time and wonderful guide…………. Would highly recommend it. It was a lot of walking and great lunch
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