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Tikal Tour from San Ignacio Belize with TikalGo

By Luis Manzanero 5/24/2018 3 minutes


Belizing goes to Tikal!


Tikal is one of the most popular archaeological sites in all of Central America and a UNESCO world heritage site. Every year thousands of people visit this site to experience and see the remnants of an advanced civilization that once flourished. While Belize and Mexico have numerous astonishing Archaeological sites, Tikal is considered to be the biggest Archeological site in all of Central America, with approximately 220 square miles.



Just this week, the Belizing team got the opportunity to visit Tikal with one of our most trusted tour providers, TikalGo. We were ecstatic for this trip! Having the opportunity to experience and see breathtaking views and wildlife was a dream come true for Derrick, Nico and myself. Tikal is definittely a must for anyone’s summertime adventures!

What to expect when you travel to Tikal?

Traveling to Tikal from Belize is quite easy and an adventure – at least, that is how TikalGo made of us feel.

Early Tuesday morning, Don Carlos from TikalGo Tours, picked us up in his comfortable, air-conditioned van at the Belize/Guatemala border. He mentioned that he also does pick-ups at San Ignacio Welcome Center or a particular hotel in town, depending on the tour package you've reserved.

Before taking off on our two-hour journey from the Guatemalan border, we were told that we would stop at a souvenir shop, where we can enjoy some coffee, use the restrooms, and buy any souvenirs that captured our eyes. I have always been amazed at how artistic and intricate some of these arts and crafts are. What was so exciting to see as well, was a local craftsman making wood carvings inside the building.

The aroma of freshly brewed coffee was incredible as well. It lured me to wait in a line for a cup. There, I managed to meet some of the other tourists who were in the van and we talked about their travel experiences. We were also asked what we wanted for lunch, providing us with different options to choose from.

Once we got enough snacks, souvenirs, coffee, and sorted our lunch options, we then moved back into the van and drove towards Tikal.


On our way, we came across a lake that is the third largest lake in Guatemala, approximately twenty-three miles long and three miles wide, and up to five hundred feet at its deepest point, according to our tour guide.

We then drove for another fifteen minutes where we eventually made it to the entrance of the national park where Tikal is located. Just a few minutes in, we saw spider monkeys swinging and climbing up the tree branches! The jungle kept getting denser as we drove, until we came across some buildings and a sign that welcomed us to Tikal. We quickly stretched and prepared to go on a journey under the jungle canopy; but first, we grabbed a bottle of cold water from one the coolers for the hike.


Our tour guide then directed us to one of the trails that would lead us to one of the main temples in Tikal. The guide was well-spoken and was keen in answering our questions. Every response led to another question, which made this tour exciting for me.

Captivated by an interactive tour guide and birds chirping above and around us, we quickly came across some of the smaller temples in Tikal. We learned that many of these temples were still unexcavated, mainly due to preserving the biodiversity of the jungle and wildlife that now flourish in the area.

Hiking under the jungle canopy is one of the activities that I enjoyed the most, this was a major highlight of this tour. There is nothing like breathing fresh air combined with the aroma of humus around.

I was perplexed by the sheer size of some of the structures. Thankfully, there were wooden steps with railings to make the journey to the upper world much easier! This journey up the temple was still a bit tiring, but the view from the top was so beautiful! From there I could have judged the distance it would take us to walk the other temples in the area, only peeking out slightly above the canopy. Once we made it back down, we took a break to use the restrooms, rehydrate, and get some more snacks for the rest of the tour.

From here, we once again hiked under the canopy for a few minutes until we came across a bigger opening, where we saw the main temples and plazas. Many of us scattered in different directions and would then meet between two of the main temples. There, we sat down and took cover from the midday sun under the shade provided by the only tree between these two temples. I truly did not want to leave this spot. I was in complete Zen mode, almost taking a nap when our tour guide and my stomach reminded me that it was lunchtime!


Lunch was spectacular! Lunch was provided inside a cabin under the canopy. We were greeted with wet towels to cool off and a friendly staff. Once we cooled off with these towels, we were served vegetable soup with freshly made corn tortillas as an appetizer.  I do not recall the exact name of the cuisine we got for lunch, but I recall ordering beef as my meat option. The beef was grilled, served with vegetable rice, and a salad. I was a bit concerned about my vegan companions but was happy to find out they also had different cuisines for different diets. I was about to leave to have a quick meeting with the Belizing team when we were surprised with watermelon and pineapple as dessert. After devouring the dessert, the group started to walk towards the exit. It was time to head back home! :/

Tikal was truly a magnificent experience, and I would go return any time for a full day of adventure. We would like to give a massive thank you to TikalGo for offering this tour to the Belizing team. We were content with the entire Tikal experience. Book your Tikal adventure today and let's go Belizing in Guatemala with TikalGo! 
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$
275
/ Person
Departs From:
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 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
Provider:
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
$
319
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
 (1)
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 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).
$
108
90
/ Item
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Provider:
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! 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 steep staircase of the 144-foot (44-meter) Temple of the Grand Jaguar, built to honor a Mayan king. 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.

After a refreshing lunch break inside the park, satisfy your inner archaeologist during free time to explore the ruins independently.

Make this special and magic trip to the center of Tikal!
$
93
50
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$
154
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
 (4)
Provider:
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
$
66
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$
132
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Provider:
Step back in time to explore the mysteries of the Maya during this 8-hour visit to Yaxha, one of the largest urban centers of this ancient culture.... more

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.

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).

Luis Manzanero

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