Tikal

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Tikal, with its towering Mayan ruins and vast primary forests, is one of Guatemala’s most awe-inspiring sites. The ruins are undoubtedly the country’s best—huge temples and limestone pyramids dominate the landscape. The structures are a part of the Tikal National Park, a huge protected area that helps conserve some of Guatemala’s most pristine outdoor areas. Visiting Tikal is an absolute must while in Guatemala.

The Tikal National Park is the oldest and most famous national park in Guatemala. Created in 1956, it covers 222 square miles (575 sq. km) of primary tropical forest and protects all manner of plant and animal species. The Mayan ruins – many of them perhaps still undiscovered – fall under this protection too. As such, trips here offer travelers the opportunity to experience some of Guatemala’s best natural and cultural attractions.

The park is massive and lies at the edge of the Maya Biosphere Reserve. Visits to the park can range from a day to a week—it really depends on how much time you have and how much you want to do. Daytrips are usually a sufficient amount of time to see the ruins. Staying in the park overnight, however, will allow you to enjoy its offerings in an unhurried and uncrowded fashion. As other travelers leave, you’ll have the whole place to yourself. Watching the sunrise or sunset from the top of Temple IV is magical.

There are three lodges and a campground within the Tikal National Park. The lodges are fairly comfortable and allow you unparalleled access to this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Their rooms are fairly comfortable and can include a private bathroom and ceiling fan. There are more basic options – including dormitories, hammocks, and camping – available as well. Electricity within the park can be spotty, but is usually quite reliable in the morning and evening.

As far as food goes, your best bet is to eat at one of the lodges. They usually have dependable fare that includes meat dishes, sandwiches, pastas, and salads. There are also comedores within the park that serve basic Guatemalan food.

An alternative to staying in Tikal is to book a hotel in Flores or El Remate. Both destinations are lovely and set along Lake Petén Itzá.

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Birding Tour at Tikal

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On the first day of your journey, you’ll start your exploration of the area’s wildlife on a trail through the jungle of the Tikal National Park. Eventually you will...

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Tikal One Day

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Tikal National Park is the most amazing tour where you will be taken back thousands of years to the seat of the Maya Culture.

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Uaxactún Tour

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This tour takes you to Uaxactún, one of the oldest Maya cities in Guatemala. Uaxactún is notable for its astronomical observatory, and is thought to be the place...

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Yaxhá Tour

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Come explore the fantastic Mayan site of Yaxhá on this tour. Yaxhá is the third-largest Mayan site in Guatemala, and hosts an impressive collection of plazas and...

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Tikal by Bus

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Be at the bus station for departure from Guatemala at 9:00 pm luxury bus hostess service, snack, video and bathroom.

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Collective Tikal

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On this visit to Tikal, you’ll visit the Great Plaza, Temple I, II, III and IV, and the astronomical observation complex.

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Birding at Tikal and Yaxhá

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Over three days and two nights, you'll get to explore two of the most influential cities in the Maya kingdom. Both Tikal and Yaxhá offer ancient, intriguing...

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Jungle Lodge Hotel

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A stay at the Jungle Lodge grants you proximity to the Tikal National Park, which draws visitors from all over the world. The national park is home to world-famous Mayan...

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Hotel Jaguar Inn is set within the incredible Tikal National Park. This hotel has an amazing location and accommodations that are simple but sufficient.

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Hotel Tikal Inn

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The Hotel Tikal Inn is one of a handful of hotels located within the Tikal National Park. The hotel has big room, a swimming pool, and an unbeatable location.

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