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Visit the incredible ancient city of Tikal on this day trip from San Ignacio. Once a powerful city center during the Classic Mayan period, today Tikal is a UNESCO World Heritage site that draws scores of visitors each year. Your professional guide will take you across the border into Tikal National Park in Guatemala and lead you on a fascinating tour of the sprawling archaeological complex. Round-trip transport from your San Ignacio hotel and all park fees are included.

Highlights

  • Day trip to Tikal from San Ignacio
  • Visit Tikal National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Tour the ruins of Tikal with a professional and informative guide
  • Learn about the Mayans who built one of the largest archaeological sites of the pre-Columbian world
  • Round-trip hotel transport by comfortable coach included

What You Can Expect

Tikal Day Trip from San Ignacio

Explore Tikal on a day trip from San Ignacio!

Visit one of the largest and most important Mayan sites in all of Central America. Your professional guide will pick you up at your San Ignacio hotel for the roughly 1.5-hour drive to Tikal National Park. You will be assisted in all border crossing procedures to enter Guatemala safely and hassle free. Be sure to bring your passport! 

Once inside the park, let your imagination run free as you explore highlights among more than 3,000 structures that archaeologists have excavated so far. Learn about daily life and religious practices of the ancient Maya while wandering through the maze of the Central Acropolis, and envision the excitement of an elite sporting match in the ball courts.  

Tikal boasts an array of magnificent ceremonial temples. Climb the steep staircase of the 144-foot (44-meter) Temple of the Grand Jaguar, built to honor a Mayan king. A set of twin pyramids with altars will greet you at complexes Q and R. Marvel at the Temple of the Masks, which was once adorned with intricate ceremonial mask carvings. Perhaps most impressive is the oft-photographed Temple IV, also known as the Double Head Serpent. The tallest structure in Tikal at 212 feet (64 meters), this pyramid rises majestically above the jungle canopy. 

After a refreshing lunch break inside the park, satisfy your inner archaeologist during free time to explore the ruins independently. Your guide will then take you back to Belize and drop you off at your San Ignacio hotel to digest the incredible sights of the day. 

Customer Reviews

Edward L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We had a wonderful trip to Tikal. The site is amazing. The border crossing process was clearly communicative and fairly easy. There is an amazing scenic drive to the ruins and lunch was provided for us. Our guide was great and very knowledgeable. I learned a lot about this ancient culture. The views from atop the temples are indescribable. Highly recommend this tour.

Murtyvaranasi

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Wonderful trip. Strongly recommend tour. Drivers in Belize and Guatemala were good, tour guide alright. Tour and site are remarkable. Worth the price.

Denise B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This was an excellent tour with an excellent guide....Elmer. A fabulous young man that loves his country and culture. He was so knowledgeable and pleasant. I would highly recommend him to anyone.

Harrison H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Wonderful sight and wonderful tour. Border crossing procedures were clearly communicated and the transportation to and from Tikal was excellent. The guide chose our walking tour route to avoid as many crowds as possible. He also had great insight into the history of the site. For future travelers: lunch is late in the afternoon around 2:30PM, so I recommend bringing a snack along.

Lo United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Made sure to keep in contact, and as a lone traveller made it very easy for me to join the group. The tour was great, Mr Louis looked after us and showed us everything with a great commentary. Definitely worth going to this site.

Steven S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very informative and interesting. The driver and guide had all the details of our border crossing handled. We simply had to pay the departure tax and we were off to Tikal. Highly recommend this tour to Tikal as it is an amazing place to see. The drive from San Ignacio through the Guatemalan countryside is beautiful as well.

jcsluis

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

First of all, our family saw Chichen Itza first before seeing Tikal because of CI's New 7th Wonder status. However, Tikal, in my opinion, was SO MUCH more better!!!!! DID I SAY THAT?!?!? It may be 2 hours into Guatemala, but it is so worth it. There are a LOT more temples and pyramids to see and climb at Tikal. There are still unearthed temples in plain sight, and archeologists digging around the area while we were there. And being in the middle of the jungle just adds to the ambiance of this place.

Donna W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Our guide was knowledgeable and accommodating. I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to go to Tikal.

tanyaewilliams

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Awesome experience and worth the money.

A driver picked us up from our San Ignacio hotel and took us to the border where he handed us off to their Guatemalan counterpart who then drove us 2 hours to Tikal. We picked up our guide, Elmer, on the way. Elmer asked if we prefer a tour in Spanish or in terrible English. Since we don't speak Spanish we opted for terrible English : And to our surprise Elmer spoke English perfectly! He was so knowledgable about the site and Guatamala in general, fun to listen to and spend time with. He has a great eye and spotted almost all of the wildlife he had told us about on the drive over! It was a fun perk to see them all.

Tikal is phenomenal, mind-blowing! We are so glad we opted for a longer tour to visit the most impressive ancient Mayan site in the area.

We were also fed a snack of green mango and oranges with pumpkin powder. A fun native treat! Lunch was also served on the way back at a restaurant. Fajitas were on the menu.

Immo B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Fantastic day out with a friendly knowledgeable guide!

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