Tikal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the largest and best understood ancient lowland Mayan cities. Located in the Petén Basin of Guatemala and containing numerous excavated temples and palace ruins, archaeologists believe that some of the architecture dates to the 4th century BC. There is evidence that the city was conquered in the 4th century AD and later abandoned in the 10th century. Tikal was rediscovered in 1848, but it was not until 1955 that the University of Pennsylvania began an archaeological project to investigate the ruins and open them to tourists. Today, Tikal is visited by thousands of people each year and continues to be the site of modern-day Mayan ceremonies.
Your day trip to Tikal will begin bright and early at 5:00am with a 2.5-hour drive through the Yalbac rainforest and to the western border of Belize. Once you cross the border into Guatemala, you will enjoy a scenic 2-hour drive through the Petén Basin to the Tikal National Park. For your 4-hour exploration of the ruins, you will have an extremely knowledgeable and experienced guide. You will have the opportunity to climb the temples and soak in the spectacular view of this ancient city nestled in the heart of the tropical rainforest. Most of the hiking will be on jungle trails, which will give you ample opportunities to view birds, monkeys, and other types of wildlife.
After your adventure is complete, a delicious lunch will be waiting for you at a recommended restaurant.
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Tour Duration: 5:00am – 7:00pm
Included: Transportation, border crossing fees, entrance fee, tour guide, breakfast, lunch, soft drinks.
Not Included: Souvenir shopping
Level of Difficulty: Moderate – involves hiking, steps and hill climbing
Location: Petén, Guatemala
Travel time: A scenic 4.5-hour drive to Tikal.
Remember to bring: Passport, hat, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, camera, insect repellent, and souvenir money.
Minimum Participants: Two (2) persons.
Price: USD 300 plus 12.5% GST per person