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Tikal National Park (Parque Nacional Tikal) Tours and Activities

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Tikal National Park (Parque Nacional Tikal)
Once a powerful seat of the Mayan empire, the Tikal ruins are 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 National Park (Parque Nacional 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.
Address: Tikal National Park, Petén, Guatemala
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13 Tours and Activities to Experience Tikal National Park (Parque Nacional Tikal)

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Tikal Guided Sunrise Tour in Small Group from Flores

Tikal Guided Sunrise Tour in Small Group from Flores

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Small group of maximum 9 people, premium tour visiting the best spots to photograph the monuments. Guaranteed departure, we operate only with 1 passenger without additional charges and if we go over 9 people, we make 2 groups. Extensive tour, with enough time and flexibility, excellent for photographers. Entry fees are not included but available in advance, we pay those for you if you want, just send us a list of names, last names and ages. Excellent English-Spanish bilingual guide with deep knowledge of local history, flora and fauna and with service attitude to give a meaning to each monument visited. Enough food included: coffee to wake up, bottles of water, Mayan breakfast to go and lunch at Restaurante del Parque (gluten-free and vegan options)
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  • 10 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Tikal Sunset Tour from Flores in Small Group

Tikal Sunset Tour from Flores in Small Group

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Small group of maximum 9 people, premium tour visiting the best spots to photograph the monuments Guaranteed departure, we operate only with 1 passenger without additional charges and if we go over 9 people, we make 2 groups Extensive tour, with enough time and flexibility, excellent for photographers Entry fees available in advance, we pay those for you, just send us a list of names, last names and ages Excellent English-Spanish bilingual guide with deep knowledge of local history, flora and fauna and with service attitude to give a meaning to each monument visited Bottles of water, lunch at Restaurante del Parque included (gluten-free and vegan options)
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Tikal National Park Sunset Tour

Tikal National Park Sunset Tour

Sunset tour of Tikal National Park with round trip transportation from hotels in Flores and Tikal. You will learn about Mayan history and culture, archeology, flora and fauna, and you will see the sunset from the top of Temple IV (Two-headed Serpent Temple).
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$79.99
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Tikal Sunrise Small Group Tour from hotels in Tikal

Tikal Sunrise Small Group Tour from hotels in Tikal

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Small group of maximum 9 people, premium tour visiting the best spots to photograph the monuments. Guaranteed departure, we operate only with 1 passenger without additional charges and if we go over 9 people, we make 2 groups. Extensive tour, with enough time and flexibility, excellent for photographers. Entry fees are not included but available in advance, we pay those for you if you want, just send us a list of names, last names and ages. Excellent English-Spanish bilingual guide with deep knowledge of local history, flora and fauna and with service attitude to give a meaning to each monument visited. Enough food included: coffee to wake up, bottles of water, Mayan breakfast to go and lunch at Restaurante del Parque (gluten-free and vegan options)
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  • 7 hours 5 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Sunrise National Park Tikal

Sunrise National Park Tikal

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It is one of the best places to observe the majesty of the jungle and the great ancient Mayan culture, a perfect combination of nature and archaeology, the groups are not larger than 8 people
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  • 6 hours
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Extended Sunrise Tour, From Hotels Located in Tikal National Park

Extended Sunrise Tour, From Hotels Located in Tikal National Park

Hiking trails Staircases to temples Sunrise Wake up from the jungle Tour at dawn of the Tikal National Park. You will learn about Mayan history and culture, archeology, flora and fauna, and you will see the sunrise from the top of Temple IV (Two-headed Serpent Temple).
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Tikal Sunrise Tour from El Remate in Small Group

Tikal Sunrise Tour from El Remate in Small Group

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Small group of maximum 9 people, premium tour visiting the best spots to photograph the monuments. Guaranteed departure, we operate only with 1 passenger without additional charges and if we go over 9 people, we make 2 groups. Extensive tour, with enough time and flexibility, excellent for photographers. Entry fees are not included but available in advance, we pay those for you if you want, just send us a list of names, last names and ages. Excellent English-Spanish bilingual guide with deep knowledge of local history, flora and fauna and with service attitude to give a meaning to each monument visited. Enough food included: coffee to wake up, bottles of water, Mayan breakfast to go and lunch at Restaurante del Parque (gluten-free and vegan options)
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  • 9 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Tikal Sunset Tour in Small Group from El Remate

Tikal Sunset Tour in Small Group from El Remate

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Small group of maximum 9 people, premium tour visiting the best spots to photograph the monuments Guaranteed departure, we operate only with 1 passenger without additional charges and if we go over 9 people, we make 2 groups Extensive tour, with enough time and flexibility, excellent for photographers Entry fees available in advance, we pay those for you, just send us a list of names, last names and ages Excellent English-Spanish bilingual guide with deep knowledge of local history, flora and fauna and with service attitude to give a meaning to each monument visited Bottles of water, lunch at Restaurante del Parque included (gluten-free and vegan options)
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Tikal Sunset Tour from Tikal in Small Group

Tikal Sunset Tour from Tikal in Small Group

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Small group of maximum 9 people, premium tour visiting the best spots to photograph the monuments Guaranteed departure, we operate only with 1 passenger without additional charges and if we go over 9 people, we make 2 groups Extensive tour, with enough time and flexibility, excellent for photographers Entry fees available in advance, we pay those for you, just send us a list of names, last names and ages Excellent English-Spanish bilingual guide with deep knowledge of local history, flora and fauna and with service attitude to give a meaning to each monument visited Bottles of water, lunch at Restaurante del Parque included (gluten-free and vegan options)
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  • 7 hours 5 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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4-7 hour private bird tour in Tikal, Guatemala

4-7 hour private bird tour in Tikal, Guatemala

The adventure begins since our guide goes for you, from there he can give you besides bird data, he is also able to talk about archeology, history and flora of the place. The tour starts and your guide will show you the birds that inhabit or are passing through the park will also give you important information about them. as you progress you can also appreciate the magerous city of Tikal and some other animals. In the middle of the tour we will take a moment for lunch, consisting of a fruit, a fruit juice, a ramon cookie (local seed, characterized by being quite nutritious) sandwich with homemade bread, you can choose between four different options two of them vegetarian. Then it's time to continue the experience for a few more hours until you reach the end
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  • 4 to 7 hours
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Tikal Extended Sunrise Tour From Flores-El Remate

Tikal Extended Sunrise Tour From Flores-El Remate

Hiking trails Staircases to temples Sunrise Wake up from the jungle Tour at dawn of the Tikal National Park with round trip transportation from hotels in Flores Remate and Tikal. You will learn about Mayan history and culture, archeology, flora and fauna, and you will see the sunrise from the top of Temple IV (Two-headed Serpent Temple).
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Tikal Private Day Tour Maya Adventure from Flores

Tikal Private Day Tour Maya Adventure from Flores

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Our main focus is the conservation of our natural environment and historic heritage by promoting a sustainable and ethical tourism. We take health and safety protocols very serious as we know the well being of our guests and team is key to having the best experience in an unknown environment for our visitors. We take pride in the professionalism, dedication and passion our team has for their job. Our guides are very experienced and a have wealth of knowledge not only in archaeology but also wildlife, nature and local culture. We can tailor this tour to your needs whether it's for family, couples, groups or any special request you may have.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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2-Day Tour to Tikal and Yaxhá from Flores Island

2-Day Tour to Tikal and Yaxhá from Flores Island

In our tour, our certified guides will lead you through trails inside the jungle to make your visit an unforgettable experience, which will give you information on flora, fauna, archeology and Mayan worldview. On board the bus you will find a cooler with drinks filled with purified water and snacks. Our transportation units have passenger insurance and authorization from the Guatemalan Tourism Institute, we became creditors of the Tourist Bioseguity and Safe Travel Seals, granted by the World Travel Tourism Council
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$220.00
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