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Tikal

Vacation Travel Guide
Tikal which includes heritage elements and building ruins

Take a step back in time as you discover a magnificent collection of Mayan palaces and temples set amid a jungle.

Walk beneath a rainforest canopy as you spot towering temples, pyramids and dwellings at the pre-Colombian city of Tikal. Learn about the evolution of an ancient Mayan civilization. Watch monkeys swing between treetops and spot exotic birdlife. Set within the striking Tikal National Park, Tikal is one of the Americas’ largest excavated Mayan sites. It dates back to the 6th century B.C. and was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 1979.

Discover dozens of courtyards, palaces, plazas and temples as you walk around the expertly preserved ruins. Some stand imposingly and poke through the treetops while others sit hidden behind lush foliage. Imagine a time when Tikal served as a center of economic, military and political activity. Marvel at the artistic talents of an age-old civilization.

A major highlight is the Gran Plaza, home to the 154-feet (47-meter high) tall Temple of the Grand Jaguar. Climb to the top of the Temple of the Mask for sweeping views over the ruins and jungle. Wander around the labyrinthine courtyards of the Acrópolis Central, thought to be where noblemen once resided.

Go to the Plaza of Seven Temples, flanked by a row of identical pyramid-like structures. Don’t miss El Mundo Perdido, a complex that showcases architectural styles from the pre-classical to late-classical periods.

As you walk, look for varied wildlife. See howler monkeys, spider monkeys and some 300 bird species. Arrive early for the best wildlife-spotting opportunities.

Be sure to visit the Museo Lítico, located at the Visitor Center. See displays of ceramics and stelea (carved stone slabs). Check out the scale model of how the city may have looked in A.D. 800.

Tikal is open daily and there’s an admission fee. Maps of the site are available at the Visitor Center for a small fee. Knowledgeable guides are also available to rent. Allow at least a full day to see all of the sights.

Situated about a 1-hour drive from Flores and a 40-minute drive from El Remate, it’s easy to get to Tikal via public buses. Travel agencies in Flores and El Remate also arrange daytrips with transport and admission fees included.

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Top Hotels Close to Tikal

Hotel Jaguar Inn Tikal
Hotel Jaguar Inn Tikal
3 out of 5
Tikal, Tikal National Park
The price is $41 per night from Aug 11 to Aug 11
Situated in a national park, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tikal, Temple II, and Lost World Pyramid. Temple IV is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away.
3.8/5Good! (73 reviews)
Great lodging
"Walking distance to Tikal. No frills stay. Great service. The owner is very responsive and is able to provide transportation even last minute."

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2021

Hotel Jaguar Inn Tikal
Jungle Lodge Hotel
Jungle Lodge Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Parque Nacional Tikal, Tikal National Park
The price is $105 per night from Jul 29 to Jul 29
Situated in a national park, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Maya Biosphere Reserve and Tikal. Temple II and Lost World Pyramid are also within 1 mi (2 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (231 reviews)
"Everything was what we expected other than the electricity being limited to certain hours. Not much to do in the evening other than a pool table. Outside the park the tour guides are overly aggressive and pushy. You don't really need a guide but they will misinform you of the circumstances. Overall ..."

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2021

Jungle Lodge Hotel
Hostal Jungle Lodge Tikal
Hostal Jungle Lodge Tikal
3 out of 5
Parque Nacional de Tikal, Tikal National Park
The price is $56 per night from Jul 29 to Jul 29
Situated in Tikal National Park, this hostal is within 1 mi (2 km) of Maya Biosphere Reserve, Tikal, and Temple II. Lost World Pyramid is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) ...
4.3/5Excellent! (150 reviews)
"perfect setting to explore Tikal, and to enjoy the jungle. One thing that could be improved is Wifi. It was terrible at best."

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2021

Hostal Jungle Lodge Tikal
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Aruma Hotel
Aruma Hotel
2.5 out of 5
El Remate, El Remate, El Peten
The price is $27 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
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Jungle Lodge Hotel
Jungle Lodge Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Parque Nacional Tikal, Tikal National Park
The price is $105 per night from Jul 29 to Jul 29
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Hotel Jaguar Inn Tikal
Hotel Jaguar Inn Tikal
3 out of 5
Tikal, Tikal National Park
The price is $41 per night from Aug 11 to Aug 11
Hotel Jaguar Inn Tikal
Hostal Jungle Lodge Tikal
Hostal Jungle Lodge Tikal
3 out of 5
Parque Nacional de Tikal, Tikal National Park
The price is $56 per night from Jul 29 to Jul 29
Hostal Jungle Lodge Tikal
Hotel Tikal Inn
Hotel Tikal Inn
3 out of 5
Parque Nacional Tikal, Tikal National Park, Peten
The price is $50 per night from Jul 30 to Jul 30
Hotel Tikal Inn
La Lancha by Francis Ford Coppola
La Lancha by Francis Ford Coppola
3.5 out of 5
Lake Peten Itza, El Remate, Peten
The price is $149 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
La Lancha by Francis Ford Coppola
HOTEL GRINGO PERDIDO
HOTEL GRINGO PERDIDO
1.5 out of 5
Carretera Principal - San Andrés, 3 KM, El Remate, Peten
The price is $30 per night from Jul 31 to Jul 31
HOTEL GRINGO PERDIDO
Hotel Camino Real Tikal
Hotel Camino Real Tikal
4 out of 5
Lote 77, Parcelamiento Tayasal, San Jose Peten, Peten
Hotel Camino Real Tikal
Palomino Ranch Hotel
Palomino Ranch Hotel
3 out of 5
Carretera a Tikal, km 30. Petén, El Remate
Palomino Ranch Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.