Tikal Maya Ruins

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Tikal Guatemala Maya jungle view

Tikal is Guatemala’s pride and joy… And this isn’t without merit since it is considered one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centers of the pre-Columbian Maya Civilization. It is absolutely AMAZING!

The Maya began building this monumental ancient city around 600 B.C. and at its peak some 1,500 years ago, it was a wealthy metropolis, home to an estimated 100,000 Mayas, as well as an important religious, scientific, and political center.

The site is located within a national park that is comprised of 222 square miles of jungle that is home to an abundance of wildlife – such as coatis, pacas, tyras, armadillos and ocellated turkeys.

Tikal Day Tour from San Ignacio, Belize

Great Plaza at Tikal
The Great Plaza at Tikal

Day trip tours to the Tikal Maya Ruins from Belize typically leave San Ignacio around 7:30 AM and return by 5 PM. From the Belize-Guatemala border, it takes 1.5 hours to arrive in Tikal.

Things to bring on tour:

  • A valid passport
  • Spending cash for souvenirs (US currency is accepted)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Camera
  • Light hiking shoes is best but closed toe sandals are ok
  • Hat and sunglasses?

Things to consider

  • Tours typically cost $150 USD per person
  • Belizeans aren’t allowed as guides in Guatemala therefore you’ll have to use a Guatemalan guide
  • Tikal entrance fee is approximately $25 USD
  • Lunch, water and sodas are typically provided

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