Tikal Archaeological Site

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Attraction
Type of Attraction
Archaeological Site
District/Region
Guatemala
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Highlights
  • Maya Temples
  • History
  • Amazing Views
  • Jungle

About Location
Tikal is an ancient Mayan citadel in the rainforests of northern Guatemala. Possibly dating to the 1st century A.D., Tikal flourished between 200 and 850 A.D. and was later abandoned. Its iconic ruins of temples and palaces include the giant, ceremonial Lost World (Mundo Perdido) Pyramid and the Temple of the Grand Jaguar. At 70 meters, Temple IV is the tallest pre-Columbian structure in the Americas.
 
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San Ignacio Town
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Discover northern Guatemala’s most incredible Mayan ruins and enjoy the island of Flores in the Lake Petén Itza. Uncover the mysteries of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tikal, perhaps ... morethe most elaborate of the ancient Mayan cities, on day 1 before continuing on a relaxing day in the Petén Itza lake with a tour knowing the legends of the Itzaes the las tribu to be conquered by Spanish.

Your exploration of Tikal and Flores includes transportation from your hotel in San Ignacio, tour to Tikal, overnight accommodation, a guide, lunch in Tikal and breakfast on the second day.

Learn about the mysteries of the Maya people as you admire their innovative engineering and majestic temples and enjoy the colourfull city of Flores and the amazing waters of the Peten Itza lake.

Covering more than 341 square miles (550 sq km) the grounds of Tikal are home to several thousand individual structures. Start your exploration from the city’s Central Acropolis, home to a labyrinth of courtyards, temples and small interior rooms, before proceeding to Complex Q and R, site of the twin pyramids and a beautiful religious altar area out front. Then continue on to Temple I, also known as the Temple of the Grand Jaguar, which was built to honor Mayan King Moon Double Comb. This 144-foot (44m) high temple contains an enclosure of several small rooms leading to the steep stairs that climb to the temple’s peak. You’ll also check out the nearby Temple II, known to experts as the Temple of the Masks to head up to Temple IV and its astonishing rainforest view and finish the Tikal tour with lunch at the site. After you will be driven to the city of Flores where your accommodation is and where you will enjoy the nightlife of the place. Start your second day with included breakfast at your hotel, we give you the option to have a tour on the lake of Peten Itza (not included) before leaving for the sunset tour in Yaxha…

Spend the day wandering through the fascinating ruins of this sprawling ceremonial complex on the shores of Lake Yaxha, occupying a total area of 92 square miles (237 square kilometers). During your exploration, you’ll check out the Big Astronomical Complex, Avenue of the Pilgrims and Twin Pyramid Complex, plus much more.

Your Yaxha visit also covers entrance fees, a guide, lunch and round-trip transport from a central meeting point.

Highlights

Explore the Mayan archaeological site of Yaxha Visit the wealth of ancient structures like the Big Astronomical Complex situated on a 92 square mile (237 square kilometer) site Discover the different epochs of Mayan culture and buildings, including its early classic period from AD 250 – 600 Learn about Mayan ceremonial practices and building techniques What You Can Expect Yaxha View The city was located on a ridge overlooking Lake Yaxha. The name of the city derives from the Mayan for “blue-green water”. It is a notable survival of a Classic period place-name into the modern day.

The Yaxha kingdom is estimated to have covered an area of 237 square kilometers (92 sq mi) and to have had a peak population of 42,000 in the Late Classic period. The Yaxhá-Nakum-Naranjo circle is considered the “best-kept secret of the Maya World”, it covers a total area of 37.160ha and is part of the Reserve Maya Biosphere. To the west is the Tikal National Park, and north is the Biological Corridor Tikal-Mirador-Rio Azul. Arrival at the Interpretation Centre Yaxhá. The tour includes the visit of Astronomical Minor Complex, Avenue of the Pilgrims, Square Columns, Patio IV of the South Acropolis, Big Astronomical Complex, Residential Group, Watery Avenue, group Maler, North Acropolis, Plaza of The Birds, The Causeway, Twin Pyramid Complex and the Temple of the Red Hand (structure 216).
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Day trip to Tikal from Belize 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 ... moreone of the largest archaeological sites of the pre-Columbian world Round-trip hotel transport by comfortable coach included

What You Can Expect to Explore Tikal on a day trip from Belize!

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! After one hour we will do a stop in a souvenir shop where a part of our Tikal Go souvenirs you can see the best scale model of Tikal and a replica of the tomb found in temple 1 of the most important ruler of the city Jasaw Chan Kahuil.

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 the 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 wooden steps of temple 2 and admire the astonishing view of the main square facing temple 1 Grand Jaguar Temple the simple of Guatemala, built to honor Jasaw Chan Kahuil more easily know as Lord Chocolate for the number of beans of cacao they found in the tomb. 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.

There is a lot to see in Tikal a place where flora and fauna live together in harmony where you can learn a lot of history and see the deep of the Guatemalan rain forest. Ran out of monkeys and raccoon, turkeys and more than 200 species of birds living in freedom. Forget for 4 hours about the civilization and understand why the Mayans live there…

Don´t miss Tikal while in Belize you will regret it
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150
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Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
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When in the area, visiting Tikal is a “must-do” because of its importance, beauty and transcendence. Once a powerful seat of the Mayan empire, Tikal is now the most famous cultural ... moreand natural preserve an archeological site in Guatemala and one of the most-visited sets of Mayan ruins in all of Latin America. It is the largest excavated site in the American continent containing some of the most fascinating archeological remains of the ancient Maya civilization. Here, you will be amazed to see how the Maya civilization built inspiring temples and cities that formed a complex of religious, social and political power; revealing a culture of an ancient civilization that is still practiced amongst the Mayas in Guatemala today, with the exception of bloodletting rituals or human sacrifices. Tikal is estimated to have over 3,000 structures including palaces, temples, ceremonial platforms, ball courts, terraces, plazas, causeways and reservoirs. The great plaza comprises of several temples; Temple I 150 ft. high, temple II 120 ft. high, the double-headed serpent (temple IV) is the tallest structure in Tikal being 212 ft. high. Due to the importance and the magnificent combination of natural and archaeological remains, it was declared a heritage of humanity by UNESCO. Experience wildlife and jungle surrounding the temples, witness the howler monkeys and their powerful howl while they keep watch over their home. This personal encounter with the lost world shall be a truly unforgettable experience.
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140
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Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
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Tikal national park is located in Guatemala, 75 miles west from San Ignacio or 2 hrs 30mins drive. Tikal is the most magnificent of all Mayan archaeological sites. Tikal has its beginnings ... morearound 600 BC and in the late classic period the architecture excelled all world capitals, the population was of 100,000. The site is dominated by 5 enormous steep side limestone temples that rise over 200 ft from the forest floor; only 2 are allowed for climbing. 3000 structures have been identified and 20% has been excavated. The park has an area of 222 sq miles and has had no human settlement for the past 1000 yrs. It is home to 300 species of birds, 5 species of felines, 3 species of primates, deer, anteaters, and snakes making it a true tropical rainforest experience.
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San Ignacio Town
Tikal is among the world’s travel wonders, many considering it one of the most spiritual spots on earth. With wildlife surrounding the temples, it is a naturalist’s dream come true. ... more

Maya civilization built inspiring temples and cities that formed a complex of religious, social and political; many of the remnants in Tikal reveal the culture of this ancient civilization. Tikal has over 3,000 including palaces, temples, ceremonial platforms, ball courts, terraces, plazas, causeways, and reservoirs. The great plaza has temple 1 150 ft high, temples 2 120ft high, the double head serpent (temple 4) the tallest structure in Tikal 212 ft high, and the Lost World. Tikal is truly outstanding evidence of a long-lasting dynamic culture. Due to the importance and the magnificent combination of natural and archaeological remains it has been declared a heritage of humanity by UNESCO.
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Belize City
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This trip is a full-day adventure to a UNESCO world heritage site that is the largest archaeological site of the pre-Columbian day. You will need your passport to cross the border. ... moreOur knowledgeable guide will be with you step by step. Tikal is a worthy 1.3 hours drive from Belize border. This package includes lunch, snacks, and water. book today to go back in history. Tikal is the ruin of an ancient city, which was likely to have been called Yax Mutal, found in a rainforest in Guatemala. At Tikal, you might be about to see Five different cats, including Jaguar and Puma, several species of monkeys and anteaters and more than 300 species of birds are among the notable wildlife. The forests comprise more than 200 tree species and over 2000 higher plants have been recorded across the diverse habitats.
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175
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Departs From:
Belmopan City
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This trip is a full-day adventure to a UNESCO world heritage site that is the largest archaeological site of the pre-Columbian day. You will need your passport to cross the border. ... moreOur knowledgeable guide will be with you step by step. Tikal is a worthy 1.3 hours drive from Belize border. This package includes lunch, snacks, and water. book today to go back in history. Tikal is the ruin of an ancient city, which was likely to have been called Yax Mutal, found in a rainforest in Guatemala. At Tikal, you might be about to see Five different cats, including Jaguar and Puma, several species of monkeys and anteaters and more than 300 species of birds are among the notable wildlife. The forests comprise more than 200 tree species and over 2000 higher plants have been recorded across the diverse habitats.
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150
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Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
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This trip is a full-day adventure to a UNESCO world heritage site that is the largest archaeological site of the pre-Columbian day. You will need your passport to cross the border. ... moreOur knowledgeable guide will be with you every step of the way. Tikal is a worthy 1.3 hours drive from Belize border.

This package includes lunch, snacks, and water. book today to go back in history. Tikal is the ruin of an ancient city, which was likely to have been called Yax Mutal, found in a rainforest in Guatemala. At Tikal, you might be about to see Five different cats, including Jaguar and Puma, several species of monkeys and anteaters and more than 300 species of birds are among the notable wildlife. The forests comprise more than 200 tree species and over 2000 higher plants have been recorded across the diverse habitats.
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125
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Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
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Visit one of the largest and most important Mayan places in Central America. The driver of Tikal Go will pass by you to your hotel in San Ignacio and will take you to the border with ... moreGuatemala.

He is going to explain all the procedures to cross the border and on the other side, your Guide of Tikal Go will be waiting for you to start the tour.

Don’t worry about long queues at the entrance to Tikal, we take care that you don’t have to get off the car and we’ll buy the tickets in advance for you.

Once we are in the Park, let your imagination fly
Enter a mysterious world where there are more than 3000 structures and only 30% of them are discovered.

We’ll tell you how the Mayans lived as meanwhile we pass through the Palaces of the Mayan Aristocracy, teach you what their values were, their structure, their religion.

After a great hike, we will arrive at Central Park where you’ll get to know the spectacular Pyramid symbol of Guatemala: The Grand Jaguar.

We will climb the Temple of the Masks: The Temple 2.

After that, we’ll continue our journey in El Mundo Perdido to understand where the City started and the calculation accuracy of the ancient civilization.

But it does not end here!!! We’ll finish the tour climbing one of the highest pyramids in the world: Temple IV, with a height of 64 meters, which has been used as a stage for several films, one of them the first Star Wars movie of 1977, as well as the eleventh James Bond movie of 1979.

After 3 to 4 hours of tour, we’ll end up delighting with typical Guatemalan food in the best restaurant in the Park.

In conclusion, discover the history of the Mayans and delve into their culture where science, mathematics, wars, arranged marriages between families, religious sacrifices and their impressive capacity to build make us understand how this civilization was one of the most important the history of mankind.
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This is the mother of all Mayan sites! Your experienced tour guide will take you on this all-day excursion leaving from Benque Viejo del Carmen, Belize. Your guide will help you cross ... morethe Belize/Guatemalan border, then you will travel a couple of hours to Tikal National Park, located in Guatemala’s northern Peten region. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Guatemala along the way! Tikal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is definitely worth the day trip from Belize. Inside the park, there is a diverse population of subtropical flora and fauna and notable wildlife such as jaguars, pumas, several species of monkeys, anteaters (known as pizotes), and more than 300 species of birds roam the park. Tikal was a major Pre- Columbian Period political, military, and economic epicenter for the Mayan people. It is by far one of the biggest and most important of the many Mayan archaeological sites located across Central America. The city has been mapped and covers over 6.2 square miles and features over 3,000 structures. The Great Plaza, centrally located at Tikal has been seen in several different films. In addition to The Great Plaza, your guide will take you to other notable structures such as Temple IV, the tallest structure in Tikal, which offers stunning views of Guatemala, including other Mayan sites in the area; El Mundo Perdido (The Lost World), and the Plaza of the Seven Temples. There is so much to explore! This is definitely a must-see for those interested in Mayan history and archaeological sites!
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495
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Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Our guests are picked up from their resort or hotel as early as 6 am to take a boat or flight over to the mainland. It is an hour boat ride or a short 15-minute flight over to Belize ... moreCity, where you will board our air condition van and head towards the Guatemalan border.

Once there, we will cross into Guatemala, switch vans and start our way towards Tikal. The journey is very scenic, and include stops along the way for shopping at local gift shops and for restroom breaks. After a two hour journey into Guatemala, we will arrive at Tikal. You will get a guided tour of the site, take pictures, climb some temples and see some wildlife before heading back to the Belize/Guatemala border.

Since this is an overnight adventure, we will be staying at a resort in San Ignacio town over on the Belize side, near the Belize/Guatemalan borders. You will be able to roam the town in the night, maybe even enjoying some tacos or burritos.

Early the following morning, we will pick you up and start our day with a journey towards the caves. Yes, we will take you cave tubing, giving you another adventure you will not forget. After that tour into the Mayan underworld, we will head back to Belize city where you will take a 1 pm boat or flight back to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.
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200
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$
275
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Departs From:
Hopkins
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This trip is a full day adventure to a UNESCO world heritage site that is the largest archaelogical site of pre Columbian day. You will need your passport to cross the border. Our ... moreknowledgeable guide will be with you step by step. Tikal is a worthy 1.3 hours drive from Belize border. This package includes lunch, snacks, and water. book today to go back in history. Tikal (/tiˈkɑːl/) (Tik’al in modern Mayan orthography) is the ruin of an ancient city, which was likely to have been called Yax Mutal, found in a rainforest in Guatemala. At Tikal, you might be about to see Five different cats, including Jaguar and Puma, several species of monkeys and anteaters and more than 300 species of birds are among the notable wildlife. The forests comprise more than 200 tree species and over 2000 higher plants have been recorded across the diverse habitats.
$
275
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Provider:
Discover northern Guatemala’s most incredible Mayan ruins and enjoy the island of Flores in the Lake Petén Itza. Uncover the mysteries of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tikal, perhaps ... morethe most elaborate of the ancient Mayan cities, on day 1 before continuing on a relaxing day in the Petén Itza lake with a tour knowing the legends of the Itzaes the last tribe to be conquered by Spanish.

Your exploration of Tikal and Flores includes round-trip transport from your Belize hotel, overnight accommodation, a guide, 2 lunches and breakfast on the second day.

Get up close to native wildlife as you adventure into the Guatemalan jungle 1 night of accommodation, breakfast, lunch, transportation, hotel pickup, and drop-off.

Learn about the mysteries of the Maya people as you admire their innovative engineering and majestic temples and enjoy the colourfull city of Flores and the amazing waters of the Peten Itza lake.

Start your Mayan adventure with an early morning pickup from your Belize hotel, continue on to the sacred Mayan site of Tikal National Park (Parque Nacional Tikal). Covering more than 341 square miles (550 sq km) the grounds of Tikal are home to several thousand individual structures. Start your exploration from the city’s Central Acropolis, home to a labyrinth of courtyards, temples and small interior rooms, before proceeding to Complex Q and R, site of the twin pyramids and a beautiful religious altar area out front. Then continue on to Temple I, also known as the Temple of the Grand Jaguar, which was built to honor Mayan King Moon Double Comb. This 144-foot (44m) high temple contains an enclosure of several small rooms leading to the steep stairs that climb to the temple’s peak. You’ll also check out the nearby Temple II, known to experts as the Temple of the Masks and finish the Tikal tour with lunch at the site. After you will be driven to the city of Flores where your accommodation is and where you will enjoy the nightlife of the place. Start your second day with included breakfast at your hotel, before making a boat tour of the Peten Itza Lake. Visit the zoo of Petensito and the River of San Miguel in this 2-hour tour in one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. You will have lunch in one of the best restaurants in Flores where you can try the Whitefish typical of the lake. After lunch, you will return to Belize.
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350
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
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Enjoy a close encounter with Guatemala’s vibrant wildlife on this full-day bird-watching tour in the Maya Biosphere Reserve. With the help of an expert private guide, visit bird-watching ... morehotspots like Ixpanpajul Nature Park, Tikal or Yaxha, and have a chance to spot more than 400 different bird species, including the famous.

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 Belize hotel and all park fees are not included.

Highlights

Full-day bird-watching tour from Belize

Enjoy bird watching, Tikal Park or Yaxha Park Spot and identify rare and native birds with an expert guide from the Perfect tour for nature lovers!

This private tour can be customized to your interests and ensures you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide

What You Can Expect

This tour offers round-trip transportation from your hotel or airport to the park.

The admissions are also included and you will be accompanied by a bird specialized guide.

Lunch includes great grilled beef with rice, salad, tortillas, soup, and dessert.

Drinks are not included with lunch only 1 bottle of water per person during the tour.

Do not miss this great adventure and explore with us the wonders of the Mystery Green World.

Some destinations for sightings are Tikal, Ixpanpajul, Yaxha and Lake Petén Itza.

ASK FOR MORE INFO THIS TOUR IS TOTALLY PERSONALIZED
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AMAZING Tour!!! Highlyyyyyy recommend!!
Our tour started early. Our first driver Victor picked us up, promptly at the arranged time, right at the front door of our hotel!! It was amazing! We switched guides at the border of Guatamala. Victor was incredibly personal. He was completely fluent in English and Spanish. Both were necessary for this trip. During the drive to the border we were trying to soak up all of his knowledge. Victor has ... more been a local guide for a long time and is well polished. He knows everything you'd expect a guide to know and a whole lot more. When we arrived at the border of Belize/Guatemala, Victor walked into immigration with us and took care of all of the finances and made sure that we safely made it through to Guatemala. He also delivered us personally to the next guide, Christian, and introduced us to each other. Christian was also incredibe. He was responsible for driving us the hour or so drive to Tikal and getting us into the park and showing us all of its beauty. He was also a wealth of information. We again eagerly soaked up as much as we could. He also gave us the correct amount of time to ourselves where we were able to just enjoy the momentand enjoy how special the grounds that we were standing on. He graciously photographed us with our cameras. On the drive back, he took us to an amazing spot for lunch. We were treated like royalty there. The food was absolute perfection and service top notch. We're SO glad we invested in this tour. We truly feel enriched. The tour cost was expensive for us. It was worth every penny and we can't imagine doing it any other way. When all the costs are considered: two guides, two vans, 9 hours of driving with expensive Belizean fuel costs, immigration costs, park entrance fees, lunch costs, this tour truly is a tremendous value. Thank you so very much to Victor and Christian for ensuring this memory lasts a lifetime.
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One of the most popular tours from Belize, and especially from San Ignacio. This can be done as a day trip, crossing into Guatemala. A must-see for all the Star Wars fans. You will need your passport. Most tours leave San Ignacio by 7am and return by 5pm.
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