- 15 hours (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
Discover one of Maya's most incredible architectural site. Tikal has been of the main political center during the precolonial era and is a must see while traveling through Guatemala.
- All entrance fees included
- Hotel pickup included
- Round-trip airfares
- Vegetarian meal option available
- Led by a local guide
- Day trip (destination A to B)
- Roundtrip Hotel Transfers to/from Guatemala City Airport and Guatemala City Hotels
- Roundtrip Flight from Guatemala City to Flores by TAG or Avianca
- Roundtrip Transfers from Flores Airport to Tikal Archaeological Park
- Entry/Admission - Temple I
- Entry/Admission - Temple II
- The listed price does not include a $3 per person departure tax, payable at the time of tour check-in. The departure tax is required by our local supplier and/or the local transit or governing authority and is not within our control.
- Meals, unless specified
Most of Guatemala City Hotels
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
All flight times are approximate and subject to change due to weather conditions and weight restrictions.
Returns to original departure point
You will be picked up at your hotel in Guatemala City and transferred to Guatemala International Airport - La Aurora, to take your flight to Flores.
Upon arrival at Mundo Maya Airport, you will then be transferred to Tikal archaeological site. During this tour you will have the opportunity to walk through the jungle and admire the many species of local flora and fauna. Here, discover the impressive splendor of Tikal, which means “place of voices”. The park, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979, spans 576km squared. In addition to the main temples and plazas, there are several sites not to miss.
The Major Plaza is the Archaeological Park of Tikal, surrounded by impressive buildings such as Temples I and II, called the North and Central Acropolis. Also, there is a range of wakes and altars that play a part of the dynamic history of the Mayan Civilization in Tikal. At the end of the tour a traditional lunch will be served.
The Temple of the Grand Jaguar (Temple I) and the Temple of the Masks (Temple II) loom like a pair of colossal bookends on opposite sides of the Great Plaza, a vast expanse ringed by terraces, palaces and ball courts.
Temple I rise some 50 meters above the plaza's eastern end. A stone stairway leads up the pyramid's nine tiers, corresponding to the nine levels of the Mayan underworld.
The central part of the ancient city alone contains 3,000 buildings and covers about 16 square kilometers. Tikal is also part of the one-million-hectare Maya Biosphere Reserve created in 1990 to protect the dense forests of the Petén.
At the end of our adventure through the jungle we will have time for lunch (Included).
In the afternoon, you will return to Airport Mundo Maya in Flores to take a flight back to Guatemala City. Upon arrival in Guatemala City, you will then be transferred back to your hotel.
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
- A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- At the time of purchase is an essential requirement to book the air ticket for each passenger: Passport first name and last name,Birth date, Nationality, Passport Number, Gender, is required at time of booking for all participants.
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- May be operated by a multi-lingual guide (english and spanish)
- A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
- Take into consideration that your transfer from the Airport to your hotel after the flight back from Flores its sharing with other passengers, so if the airline arrives early at the scheduled arrival time of your flight, you must wait at the airport until our staff arrives to pick you up.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Tikal is an absolutely amazing place! It is, without doubt, not to be missed by anyone with an interest in Mayan civilization or a passion for ancient cultures. The park is massive and the sights are awe-inspiring. A good deal of walking is involved and, if you're up to it -- and you should be! -- climbing some of the oldest structures in the Western Hemisphere. You'll love it!
On the not-so-positive side are the following:
1. We were scheduled to be picked up at 4:00 a.m. for a 6:30 a.m. flight. Why? Our hotel was only 10 minutes from the airport and domestic Security took no more than 5 minutes. So, we had nearly 2 hours to wait. Not a good way to begin the day.
2. After the flight, the bus trip from the airport to Tikal took about an hour. There was a stop for shopping at a roadside store devoted to tourists. I get the reason for it, but I could have done without it.
3. There were 2 tour guides on the bus, one for English-speakers and one for Spanish-speakers. Knowing both languages, it was clear that one tour guide had more information and was far more engaging than the other. This was a distraction, especially when I ended up with the less engaging of the two due to my wife's less-than-fluent knowledge of Spanish.
4. Our tour guide, while filled with facts, was not at all engaging nor entertaining. Worse, we learned next to nothing about what life was like for those who lived in Tikal. This is a key reason my rating of the trip is not higher.
5. We were given lunch at 2:00 p.m. NOTHING was provided before. No water, no snack, no fruit. This seems to be an important oversight. Lessons should be taken from Costa Ricans, who would have been appalled by the lack of graciousness shown on this tour.
6. The flight back to Guatemala City was the last hurdle. Our flight was delayed by about an hour, with no communication provided about when we were to leave or IF we were to leave. Someone from Viator should have been present to quell our anxieties.
In sum, Tikal is a marvelous place to visit but bring patience, food and drink and hope for a good tour guide.