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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.

Tikal
Tikal
Tikal
Tikal
Tikal

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.

Tikal HIGHLIGHTS

Moments to look forward to

10 days | $$

Friends Vacation Exploring Mayan Ruins

I think efforts are being made, and change can be slow. People are aware of the problems of pollution in the air and lake.
Friends Vacation Exploring Mayan Ruins
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An Unforgettable Trip to Tikal

Visiting Tikal is a one of a kind experience that we recommend to anyone traveling to Guatemala. Our family is fairly active and this exploration type vacation was just what we wanted.
An Unforgettable Trip to Tikal
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7 days | $$$

Adventure, Relaxation, & Mayan Explorer

Our entire trip in Belize was flawless. Drivers and tour guides met us on time every day. All details with transportation and hotels were great. Any future trip I take to Central America will be booked with Anywhere.com
Adventure, Relaxation, & Mayan Explorer
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9 days | $$$

A Grand Family Anniversary Trip

Belize is beautiful and completely exceeded our expectations. This special 50th wedding anniversary celebration trip for the 10 of us went flawlessly, and we all couldn’t wait to come back!
A Grand Family Anniversary Trip
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13 days | $$

Active Couple Mayan Culture Explorer

We loved GUATEMALA. This was our first visit to Central America and found the country intriguing, complex, and exciting. Hope to visit Central America and South America in the future. Would definitely recommend traveling to Guatemala for friends and family.
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Accommodations

Incredible Stays

Hotel Tikal Inn
Hotel Tikal Inn
Hotel Tikal Inn

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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Jungle Lodge Hotel
Jungle Lodge Hotel
Jungle Lodge Hotel

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 ruins and rainforest that protects several endangered species. The schedule for electricity in this hotel is the following: 5:30 - 08:00 13:00 - 15:00 17:00 - 22:30 It may be the possibility that there is no HOT WATER between this hours.

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Hotel Jaguar Inn
Hotel Jaguar Inn
Hotel Jaguar Inn

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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