Tikal Ruins

Tikal Ruins: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Flores: Tikal Ruins Day Tour

1. From Flores: Tikal Ruins Day Tour

Tour the Tikal Mayan Ruins on a day trip from Flores. Enjoy a stunning sunrise before driving through the wild jungle and hiking through the breathtaking ruins with a local guide. Meet your driver at the meeting point by the entrance to Flores island. Drive out from the city towards the archaeoligical site and watch the sky burst into crimson color with the sunrise. Enter the jungle as you continue your adventure and be introduced to your guide at the start of the winding forest trails. Start hiking and admire the scenery as you trek, discovering the temples, pyramids, ruins, and palaces of the Mayans. Listen to the chirping birds and spot monkeys swinging through the trees. Learn about the history of Mayan culture and how these wonders of archaeology were built and used.

From San Ignacio: Tikal Maya Site Day-Trip with Local Lunch

2. From San Ignacio: Tikal Maya Site Day-Trip with Local Lunch

Start with pickup from San Ignacio at 7:00 AM, and take a 15-minute drive to Guatemalan border. Be assisted at the border by your guide, and continue on the 2-hour long journey to Tikal. Discover the ancient Mayan site of Tikal which is considered to be one of the most spiritual locations on earth. Once at the national park, see the abundance of wildlife surrounding the temples. Discover how the Mayan civilization built inspiring temples and cities that formed a vast complex of religious, social and political power.  Enjoy a guided tour of the main sights of the complex, which is estimated to have over 3,000 structures including palaces, temples, ceremonial platforms, ball courts, terraces, plazas, causeways, and reservoirs. See several of the main temples including the tallest structure which measures 212 feet.  After visiting the main parts of Tikal, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Then, drive back to San Ignacio you can stop at the local gift shops, with arrival back in San Ignacio at approximately 4:30 PM.

Tikal Day Tour From Flores With Lunch

3. Tikal Day Tour From Flores With Lunch

Discover the impressive splendor of Tikal, which means Place of Voices. The park, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979, spans an area of 576 square kilometers. During this 8-hour tour you’ll have the opportunity to walk through the jungle and admire the many species of local flora and fauna. In addition to the main temples and plazas, there are several other sites not to miss. See the Major Plaza surrounded by impressive buildings such as Temples I and II, or the North and Central Acropolis. See the altars that played a role in the dynamic history of Tikal’s Mayan civilization. At the end of the tour you’ll enjoy a traditional lunch.

Tikal & Yaxha Archaeological Sites: 2-Day Tour

4. Tikal & Yaxha Archaeological Sites: 2-Day Tour

Experience the wonders of 2 of Guatemala’s most important Mayan archaeological sites. On this 2-day tour you’ll explore ruins and learn about the more than 100 wildlife species that live in and around the parks. Day 1: Tikal morning tour You’ll be met at your hotel in Flores by an expert guide and head out on an hour’s drive to the Tikal archaeological site. You’ll explore the site on a 3-hour guided tour and learn about the temples and ruins you encounter, dating from the Mayan Classic period. At the end of the tour you’ll be transferred back to your hotel. Day 2: Yaxha sunset experience Today your driver will meet you at your hotel at noon to take you on a tour of the Yaxha archaeological site. See the ruins and explore jungle in the park. After sunset you’ll be transferred back to your hotel in Flores. Please note that the price of the tour does not include a local guide at Yaxha, or the entrance fees to the 2 parks.

From Flores: 2-Day Tikal & Yaxhá Tour

5. From Flores: 2-Day Tikal & Yaxhá Tour

This tour can begin from Flores or El Remate. The tour is designed to visit Tikal, one of the most amazing places you will ever visit. Then on the second day, you will visit the archaeological site of Yaxhá, considered both a cultural and natural monument. Day 1 Tikal - 07:30: Pick-up from your hotel in Flores to start the tour. You will make a stop at the airport in order to pick-up travelers coming from Guatemala City - 07:55: Transfer to one of the most important archaeological sites of the Mayan World- Tikal. Its name means 'Place of Voices,' built during the Maya Classic Period - 09:00: Upon arrival at Tikal archaeological site, your guide will show you the layout of the complex of temples and acropolis. Visit Complex Q and R, then to the central acropolis, Temples I of the Grand Jaguar and the Temple II Los Mascarones, regarded as one of the most important within the complex. You will also make a visit to the Lost World - 14:00: Return to the visitor center for lunch - 15:30: Transfer from the park to your hotel Day 2 Yaxhá - 07:55: Departure to the archaeological site of Yaxhá - 09:00: Arrive at Yaxha, a former ceremonial center and city of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. The facilities have evidence of Teotihuacan influence in their architecture and stelae. You can find the only twin pyramid complex outside of Tikal, also known as the Stelae Plaza - 13:00: Time for lunch - 15:30: Transportation back to your hotel or airport

Guatemala: 10-Day Mayan Explorer Adventure

6. Guatemala: 10-Day Mayan Explorer Adventure

Spend 10 days in Guatemala exploring the country’s stunning landscape of volcanoes and mountain lakes. Learn about the Mayan lifestyle, shop at traditional markets, visit ancient ruins, and hike up a volcanic peak. Transfers and first-class public bus service are included, as is basic hotel accommodation with private bath. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Guatemala City – Antigua Your driver will meet you at Guatemala City’s Aurora Airport for the transfer to your Hotel in Antigua. Day 2: Antigua – Lake Atitlan Today you’ll travel from Antigua to Panajachel, where you’ll stay overnight with a Mayan Family in San Jorge village. Experience the local Mayan lifestyle. Day 3: Lake Atitlan by Boat Take a boat tour to visit Mayan communities along the lake, including San Pedro, Santiago, and San Antonio. Day 4: Panajachel – Chichicastenango – Antigua (Thursday and Sunday only) Travel from Panajachel to the Chichicastenango Market, the largest market in Guatemala, where vendors offer colorful clothing and souvenirs. You’ll have time to bargain and do a lot of shopping and interacting with Mayan sellers. Day 5: Antigua – Pacaya Volcano Active Trek Your driver/guide will pick you up at your hostel for the transfer to the bus station. You’ll have a 1-hour ride to the Pacaya Volcano base, and then hike for 2 hours to the volcano’s peak. Day 6: Antigua – Lanquin – Semuc Champey You will be transferred from your Antigua hotel to Lanquin, travelling for the whole day. Day 7: Lanquin – Kanba (Kanba Caves and Semuc Champey Day Tour) A local guide will meet you at your hotel to begin this day tour. Experience the pristine KanBa Caves and relax by the crystal clear waters of the Semuc Champey pools. Day 8: Lanquin – Semuc Champey – Flores Your will be transferred from Lanquin to Flores by shared van, travelling for the whole day. Day 9: Flores – Tikal The driver will meet you at your hotel for your transfer to Tikal park. Arriving early in the morning, you’ll be among the first visitors and have a chance to see monkeys in the jungle area. Explore the ancient Mayan ruins. Day 10: Flores – Guatemala City You have a free day in Flores to relax on the amazing beach of Lake Peten Itza. That night you'll be transferred by first-class public bus on the overnight service to Guatemala City for your departure.

Guatemala City: Tikal Full-Day Tour by Air

7. Guatemala City: Tikal Full-Day Tour by Air

Travel from Guatemala City to Tikal on a full-day tour. Enjoy an early morning flight from Guatemala International Airport to Mundo Maya Airport in Flores, at which point you will then be transferred to Tikal archaeological site. While in Tikal National Park, you will have the opportunity to walk through the jungle and admire the many species of local flora and fauna. The park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, includes untamed nature, as well as many main temples, plazas, and altars. As you tour the site, your guide will share with you the history of the site and share insights about the Mayan culture. At the end of the tour a traditional lunch will be served. In the afternoon, return to the airport for your flight back to Guatemala City. Upon arrival in Guatemala City, you will then be transferred back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Tikal Ruins

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 46 reviews

Awesome guide!! The best we had travelling around Latin America in 6 months! Redo (Mr López) was excellent and showed us around as well as pointing out species of birds, monkeys, and other animals along the way. He made the tour not only interesting but really fun at the same time. His time talking Spanish and translating in English was even and for that, he was just the best! We loved the tour, thank you Redo and the driver of course!

We absolutely loved this tour. Very well organized and our friendly guide gave us lots of information about the site. We totally recommend this activity!

Mariela was fantastic and very knowledgeable. We had a wonderful time and would absolutely book a tour with them again.

Amazing experience and our guide was so knowledgable and great sense of humour too!

Leo was absolutely fantastic and incredibly knowledgeable.