Tikal Peten Guatemala is the ruin of an ancient city, which was likely to have been called Yax Mutal, found in the rainforest Guatemala, a Chiclero (gum-harvester), reported the ruins to La Gaceta, a Guatemalan newspaper, which named the site Tikal. After the Berlin Academy of Sciences’ magazine republished the report in 1853, archeologists and treasure hunters began visiting the forest. Today, tourism to the site may help protect the rainforest. It is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centers of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. It is located in the archaeological region of the Petén Basin in what is now northern Guatemala. Situated in the department of El Petén, the site is part of Guatemala’s Tikal National Park and in 1979 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tikal was the capital of a conquest state that became one of the most powerful kingdoms of the ancient Maya. Though monumental architecture at the site dates back as far as the 4th century BC, Tikal reached its apogee during the Classic Period, c. 200 to 900 AD. During this time, the city dominated much of the Maya region politically, economically, and militarily, while interacting with areas throughout Mesoamerica such as the great metropolis of Teotihuacan in the distant Valley of Mexico. There is evidence that Tikal was conquered by Teotihuacan in the 4th century AD.  Following the end of the Late Classic Period, no new major monuments were built at Tikal and there is evidence that elite palaces were burned. These events were coupled with a gradual population decline, culminating with the site’s abandonment by the end of the 10th century.
A Deposit of 40% is taken to reserve the booking the balance to be paid in cash at the time of the tour pickup.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Burns Avenue San Ignacio
DEPARTURE TIME Please be ready at least 15 minutes before departure
INCLUDED
Transportation to and from Tikal Licensed guides
All Entrance fees Lunch, Bottled water.
NOT INCLUDED
Souvenirs
Guide gratuity
Departure Taxes

Please note that there is a minimum of two persons for this excursion. Please note that after your booking we will be in touch to get all the details, hotel accommodation etc.

1

Departure

We leave from Burns Avenue San Ignacio Town.
2

Transfer to Belize Guatemala Border

Roughly 10 minutes drive west of San Ignacio Town we come to the Belize Guatemala Border. Here we pay exit fees and switch over to our Guatemalan Tour van.
3

Guatemala and Tikal

After crossing the border we make our way to TIKAL, a short one hour drive. Stopping only to place our orders for lunch, and then to the park to pay entrance fees.
4

Tour of Tikal

On arrival at Tikal, guests can use the bathroom, water up and its off on tour, hiking much of the time inside the rain-forest this is truly a nature lovers dream tour.
5

Lunch and Return to City

After your tour of Tikal, guests are served a delicious local lunch after which its return to the border for your return to San Ignacio.