Tikal

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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.

Top Hotels Close to Tikal

Hotel Tikal Inn
Hotel Tikal Inn
3 out of 5
Parque Nacional Tikal, Flores, Peten, 17013
The price is $63 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8
$63
per night
Mar 7 - Mar 8
Stay at this 3-star lodge in Flores. Enjoy free WiFi, room service, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
3.8/5 Good! (191 reviews)
"A wonderful location to explore Tikal from. The staff are all very helpful and polite. The guides are excellent. The accommodations are a bit dated and rustic, but clean and comfortable. I especially enjoyed the pool area and surrounding gardens. Good food and service in the restaurant and periodic ..."

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2023

Hotel Tikal Inn
Jungle Lodge Hotel
Jungle Lodge Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Parque Nacional Tikal, Flores, 17001
The price is $104 per night from Feb 12 to Feb 13
$104
per night
Feb 12 - Feb 13
Stay at this 3.5-star hotel in Flores. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (320 reviews)
"What an incredible gem at the base of Tikal"

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2023

Jungle Lodge Hotel
Hotel Jaguar Inn Tikal
Hotel Jaguar Inn Tikal
3 out of 5
Tikal, Flores, 20001
The price is $69 per night from Feb 15 to Feb 16
$69
per night
Feb 15 - Feb 16
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Flores. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in ...
3.8/5 Good! (102 reviews)
Good Hotel to stay
"Nice location, comfortable, clean hotel just nearby the park"

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2023

Hotel Jaguar Inn Tikal
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.

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Aruma Hotel
Aruma Hotel
2.5 out of 5
El Remate, Flores, El Peten
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Jungle Lodge Hotel
Jungle Lodge Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Parque Nacional Tikal, Flores, 17001
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Hotel Tikal Inn
Hotel Tikal Inn
3 out of 5
Parque Nacional Tikal, Flores, Peten, 17013
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Hotel Jaguar Inn Tikal
Hotel Jaguar Inn Tikal
3 out of 5
Tikal, Flores, 20001
Hotel Jaguar Inn Tikal
Hostal Jungle Lodge Tikal
Hostal Jungle Lodge Tikal
3 out of 5
Parque Nacional de Tikal, Flores, 17001
Hostal Jungle Lodge Tikal
Hotel Camino Real Tikal
Hotel Camino Real Tikal
4 out of 5
Lote 77, Parcelamiento Tayasal, San Jose Peten, Peten
Hotel Camino Real Tikal
La Lancha by Francis Ford Coppola
La Lancha by Francis Ford Coppola
3.5 out of 5
Lake Peten Itza, Flores, Peten
La Lancha by Francis Ford Coppola
Hotel Gringo Perdido
Hotel Gringo Perdido
1.5 out of 5
Carretera Principal - San Andrés, 3 KM, San Jose Peten, Peten, 17022
Hotel Gringo Perdido
La Casa de Don David
La Casa de Don David
2.5 out of 5
Calle a Tikal, Flores, Flores, Peten
La Casa de Don David
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.