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Tikal Ruins Tours

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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Tikal Day Trip from San Ignacio, San Ignacio, null
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Tikal Day Trip from San Ignacio

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 37 Reviews

Take a day trip from San Ignacio to the Mayan ruins of Tikal, located in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tikal National Park (Parque Nacional Tikal). A ...  Read more

Location: San Ignacio, Belize
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $150.00
Tikal Day Trip by Air from Guatemala City with Lunch, Guatemala City, Archaeology Tours
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Tikal Day Trip by Air from Guatemala City with Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 69 Reviews

Take an exciting air tour from Guatemala City to discover the beauty and ancient history of the Mayan ruins of Tikal! After a scenic flight to Tikal, spend a ...  Read more

Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Duration: 15 hours (approx.)

From USD $339.99
Tikal Day Trip by Air from Antigua with Lunch, Antigua, Day Trips
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Tikal Day Trip by Air from Antigua with Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 37 Reviews

Discover the beauty and ancient history of the Mayan ruins of Tikal on this air tour from Antigua! Enjoy a scenic flight to Tikal and spend the day exploring ...  Read more

Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Duration: 16 hours (approx.)

From USD $369.99
Tikal Maya Ruins Full Day Tour from Guatemala City, Guatemala City, Day Trips
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Tikal Maya Ruins Full Day Tour from Guatemala City

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Discover one of Maya's most incredible architectural site. Tikal has been of the main political center during the precolonial era and is a must see while ...  Read more

Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $339.99
Day Trip to Tikal Maya Ruins Including Lunch, San Ignacio, Archaeology Tours
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Day Trip to Tikal Maya Ruins Including Lunch

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Tikal is an ancient metropolis just a short distance across the border in Guatemala. Enjoy the spectacular temples and sprawling archaeological site with your ...  Read more

Location: San Ignacio, Belize
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $163.00
Day Trip Tikal National Park from Flores, Flores, Day Trips
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Day Trip Tikal National Park from Flores

It is located in the heart of the Mayan Biosphere Reserve and was declared Natural and Cultural Heritage Historic by UNESCO as one of only three sites of this ...  Read more

Location: Flores, Guatemala
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00
Private Tikal Mayan City Tour with Lunch, San Ignacio, Day Trips
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Private Tikal Mayan City Tour with Lunch

Tikal or “Place of Voices” was the largest city of the Maya Classic Period with a population estimated to have been over 90,000 at its peak. An early ...  Read more

Location: San Ignacio, Belize
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $150.00
Tikal Day Tour, Flores, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Tikal Day Tour

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Tikal (Tik’al in modern Mayan orthography) is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centers of the Pre-Columbian Maya civilization. It is located ...  Read more

Location: Flores, Guatemala
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.00
Tikal National Park Birding Day (Peten), Flores, Day Trips
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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 ...  Read more

Location: Tikal, Guatemala
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $80.00
Tikal Day Tour from Flores, Flores, Nature & Wildlife
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Tikal Day Tour from Flores

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This full-day tour of Tikal offers the opportunity to see one of Guatemala's most amazing archeological sites. Visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tikal ...  Read more

Location: Flores, Guatemala
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.99

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