Tikal
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  • Travel AL 04
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    Tikal Archaeological Site
    Tikal is an amazing archaeological site and a must do when in Guatemala. There are numerous sections to this site, and you can easily spend an entire day there. Climbing to the top of the pyramids provides great views out across the tree tops.
    Visited December 2022
    Written April 28, 2023
  • Jo F
    Whaley Bridge, United Kingdom449 contributions
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    We’ll worth a visit
    Definitely worth a visit. We booked a day trip from San Ignacio through Belize Caving Expeditions, and the whole thing was managed smoothly. Our guide Willy was so knowledgeable, and took us to all of the significant areas of the site. You can climb to the top of the temples which is an amazing experience, and the jungle setting makes for a beautiful walk around.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 11, 2023
  • a wandering friend
    St. Petersburg, Florida227 contributions
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    Simply amazing!
    You will not be disappointed with the ruins that he called! I was able to take an early morning flight from Guatemala City into Flores and then make the 2-hour drive to the tical park and arrived before noon. I recommend two to possibly 3 days to see the entire park. Definitely do the sunrise and sunset you won't forget it!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written May 28, 2023
  • 624gerrih
    Cambridge, Massachusetts337 contributions
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    Day trip from Belize
    We drove ourselves from Belize to see Tikal on a day trip. I have been told it is best to visit early in the morning or close to sunset. We were there mid-day and it was HOT! The hike up to the ruins is mostly shaded but you are mostly in the sun once you get on site. Very interesting and complete Mayan ruins worth the trip to see.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 4, 2023
  • TravelMore
    Parker, Colorado148 contributions
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    Spectacular Mayan ruins!
    Amazing! We took a tour from San Ignacio and everything about this place was fantastic. We had a nice leisurely tour through the whole park, mostly taking trails through the jungle so there was a lot of shade, which was nice on a very hot day. The park is awesome and it’s huge, so much to see! There are so many structures here that have been excavated and so many more that are still completely covered up. It’s awesome. Climb to the top of the temples and get a sweeping view over the canopies of the jungle and you can see the tops of other temples peeking out of the tops of the trees. Part of Star Wars IV was filmed here so if you’re a fan it’s cool to see some of the places that are in the movie. But the real star is of course learning about the Mayan culture. The tour ends at the grand plaza which is amazing. We loved exploring around the temple and the necropolis. If you’re staying nearby, you definitely need to come here. An unforgettable day!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 16, 2023
  • Kat
    Glasgow, United Kingdom41 contributions
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    Beautiful morning tour 🦎🦜🕷️
    Tikal is a must-see in Guatemala! We took a tour which set off from Flores at 4.30am, so we arrived at the site at around 6am and it was perfect. It wasn’t hot yet and with our guide we saw so much wildlife that you are less likely to see when the site is busier later in the day- toucans, tarantulas, monkeys! I would highly recommend visiting Tikal in the early morning and getting a tour guide so you really get the full experience.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 23, 2023
  • Deborah L
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    What to expect when visiting Tikal
    You can buy your tickets online in advance. At the entrance, I presented a digital version of the PDF confirmation on my phone and was not asked to show my passport. Since I did not hire a guide, I bought a very nice map at the entrance for 25Q. There are stands in the park selling cold drinks like water for 10Q and Gatorade for 20Q. Stay hydrated! Although there are shaded areas, it was very hot and you should expect to be in the sun at times so adequate sun protection is a must. The one restaurant that was open outside the park was not very good and was overpriced so I'd recommend eating before you go and taking food/snacks with you.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 26, 2023
  • Sue Per
    Guatemala96 contributions
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    Out of This World!
    Amazing! such a wonderful ancient city demonstrating such an advanced civilization whose heritage in science is still current nowadays like the Mayan Calendar and number zero. The park is very well preserved having restored pyramids and temples. By the time of our visit, there was a Mayan ceremony at the main square, and the acoustic was impressive. Views from the top of the buildings are an experience out of this world, which by the way it's the location for Yavin at Episode IV.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Traveller162014
    Leeds, United Kingdom1,084 contributions
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    Fantastic Day Trip
    I really enjoyed walking around Tikal, taking in the Mayan ruins and being able to climb some of the structures to catch some of the amazing views of the rainforest. We had a guide so it was interesting to learn more about the history, although I struggle to pay attention to these things so I can't really remember any of it now. My highlights were seeing and hearing howler monkeys, a puma, toucans, those capybara things and these racoon type animals - one attacked a child though, my advice there would be not to let your kids feed the wildlife.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written August 28, 2023
  • worktotravel14
    Trenton, New Jersey2,318 contributions
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    Magnificent
    As one of our side trips while visiting Belize, we made an excursion to Tikal. There are varied opinions on how to do Tikal, but after general research we decided to book through our hotel. This day trip starts fairly early, usually around 8:30am and it takes a couple of hours to get to Tikal if going from Belize. You are back before evening. Going with a tour has it's benefits, including easy transport up to the entrance of the main site, and bathroom strops where you can buy way overpriced snacks and Guatemalan goods. I would recommend an overnight trip for those who can do it. Tikal is simply magnificent because of how much of it has been exhumed. You enter by temple 1, the temple of the jaguar and make an entrance through the gran plaza. It takes an hour or so to climb various temples and explore the accessible parts of the living quarters and gran plaza. You can also take a small hike through the forest, through magnificent old trees - hundreds of feet high, and hike another temple to see a vista of tree tops and Temple IV peeking through the trees. It is very interesting to learn how they learned and the principles (and ideas) that surround the pyramid architecture. Now that I've learned about Belizean ruins, I am actually more inclined to spend more time in Belize as their Mayan presence is actually just as significant in Guatemala -- and the spaces are far less commercialized.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 5, 2023
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Grzegorz P
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Mar 2024 • Friends
Amazing, stunning, magnificent.
In general Tikal is great place to visit. The park is really huge, there are many monuments. At some of them You might climb. There is much shade because of dense forrest so You do not feel that it is so hot there. You might encounter howler monkeys, spider monkeys, parrots and coati:)
To get to sunrise You need a guide. We were there with Mr. Sergio Crasborn (Crasborn Travel) and we were very satisfied. Not only he has huge knowledge about Tikal but also Guatemala in general. He also helped us to get to Uaxactun ruins and Yaxha ruins and even to Semuc Champey.
I fully recommend going to Tikal and spending there as much time as possible .
Remember bringing water and comfortable shoes (sandals or sneakers)
Written April 8, 2024
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Floyd_9
Leek, UK59 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Couples
We had started in Honduras & were working our way up to Mexico via the Maya archeological ruins. Viaventure provided our drivers & guides in Guatemala & they were all very professional & to be recommended. HOWEVER, Luis our driver & Loyd, our guide around Tikal, deserve a special mention. It is a big site but he paced us. We were able to climb the various buildings whilst avoiding a lot of other people & we personally enjoyed a nice lunch in El Meson in the park. He showed us wildlife & provided much more information than just walking around with a guide book.
Written March 29, 2024
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333lovetotravel888
New Jersey554 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Couples
If you love Mayan history and ruins, we have to visit Tikal. It is as impressive as Chichen Itza but minus the crowds. Tikal is such a huge complex that it is advisable to have a knowledgeable guide to show you around. We took a private tour with Sergio, owner of Crasborn travel. Sergio knows Tikal like the back of his hands. Sergio purposedly took us to less crowded trails to see animals and birds besides avoiding the sun and crowds. We paid extra to stay around sunset and it was mesmerizing. Thanks to Sergio, we learned so much about Mayan history and Guatemala.
Written March 28, 2024
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Ken B
Green Lake, WI42 contributions
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Feb 2024 • Friends
The photos don’t do it justice. It an amazing place to learn about Mayan culture. I recommend a tour guide to provide the rich details of this historic site. If you can check out the nearby city of Flores too.
Written March 6, 2024
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Blaine W
Toronto, Canada2 contributions
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May 2023 • Solo
I have travelled to a lot of Mayan and Incan ruins across Central and South America. Including Tulum, Machu Picchu, Chichen Itza, and Tikal has been my favorite so far. The grounds are huge, and feels very untouched. Since everything is spread out, you can always find a spot where you have complete serenity, other then the abundant wildlife that calls the area home.
Written March 1, 2024
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LJO
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Jan 2024 • Friends
This should be on everyone's bucket list. It is magical and breathtaking. A short trip on a bus takes you up to the temples. You are close to many animals and can hear and see howler monkeys throughout the hike. Although you can no longer climb The Great Jaguar, there are still several other temples you can climb. The views from the top are incredible. This is a must see when you visit Guatemala.
Written February 23, 2024
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Chekist
Arlington, VA37 contributions
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Dec 2023 • Solo
Truly one of the great archeological sites in all of the Americas. Tikal is a must visit site. The largest city nearby is Flores, capital of the Department of Peten. There is a small international airport. Tikal is also an easy day trip from Belize, although staying in the area for more than a day is advisable. Probably a good idea to hire a guide at the site if you drive yourself. There are guidebooks and maps available at the park visitor's center.
Written February 9, 2024
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Richard B
Edinburgh, UK4,011 contributions
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Feb 2024 • Couples
Of course it's a 5. You probably knew that anyway. Seriously though, a hidden gem less well known than than many major UNESCO sites.

That said, the scenery, the expansive nature of the site and natural scenery is the reasons why you wanted to go there in the first place.

Flanked by stunning scenery and wildlife, Tikal is a large site that with a little effort can be done in a day. That said, a reasonable effort would be required and a moderate amount of fitness likewise.

A few of the buildings have wooden staircases for the elevated views The site is large and you are able to feel uncrowded and at peace to enjoy the area without coaches galore with thousands of visitors.

So, if it's a unique experience with few crowds, Tikal it is. Easily accessed from Flores circa 1 hour.

If you are traveling in a rental car as a visitor without a guide or your, be warned.

********At the first entry gate you will be given a timed ticket. There are very strict speed limits of 45 km/h to protect wildlife. A second gate is about 10-15km away. If you arrive early and have been speeding - then your caught.*****

No big deal.
Written February 1, 2024
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Murton68
Gillingham, UK491 contributions
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Jan 2024 • Couples
Absolutely fantastic place to visit. There are various temples and getting to them requires a bit of a hike, not too strenuous just lots of tree roots etc to navigate.

It is possible to climb the temples and take in the breath taking views, that is quite strenuous and I only managed one!

We heard a lot of howler monkeys which gives the place a Jurassic Park feel. There were also a number of spider monkeys and coatis to see.
Written January 24, 2024
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Journey794674
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Jan 2024 • Couples
You can’t miss this if you are coming to Guatemala. We had visited Mayan sites in Mexico but this deserves to visit all to itself. My husband a I went with a lovely guide, Luis, who had been born in the park as his parents had worked on the archeological site and knew the place very well. Despite my vertigo I managed the wooden steps up two of the temples which gave fabulous views over the site.
Written January 7, 2024
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