Our guided tour will take you to approximately 90% of the site, including plenty of time to explore the central plaza, seven different ball courts, and the big palaces. The heart of Tikal is known as “El Mundo Perdido” (The Lost World), a truly unique archeological site. Participants will also get a chance to climb Temple 4, the tallest building on the site. Measuring 70 meters (230 feet) tall, it was built by the king Yik’in Chan Kawil. Temple 4 is the tallest pre-Columbian structure in the entire Western Hemisphere.Your professional guide will share their expertise about the architecture at the site, its history, and the flora and fauna in the area.Sunrise TourOne of the best way to experience the magic of Tikal! Departure is at 4:30 AM from the Hotel Jungle Lodge in Tikal. You’ll arrive at the site with plenty of time to watch the jungle come to life as the sun rises.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Tikal, Tikal National Park, Peten DepartmentEasily the most famous Maya city in the world, Tikal has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. With soaring iconic temples that have appeared in hundreds of films, TV shows, and documentaries, Tikal is a sprawling site located deep in the jungle of El Peten Department in northern Guatemala.The sprawling site measures over six square miles (16 square km) and has more than 3,000 surviving structures. To get the best experience, it’s definitely recommended that you explore Tikal with one of our experienced local guides. Few sights can compare the endless jungle panorama that you can glimpse from one of the pyramids built thousands of years ago.Watching the sun set below the horizon in Tikal is a magical experience. As darkness settles, the jungle will come to life. First, spider and howler monkeys will make their presence known in the tree tops. If you’re lucky, you’ll also glimpse creatures like tarantulas, foxes, wild turkeys, ocelots, coatimundis (a cross between a raccoon and a monkey), and even toucans.Besides being famous for its majestic beauty, Tikal is unique in that the main temples are spaced quite far away. Even with thousands of tourists visiting the site each year, it’s possible to be on the grounds and not see a single other human being. You’ll definitely feel a bit like Indiana Jones, discovering the long-lost ruins for the first time.Duration: 5 hours