Tikal
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  • Karyn D
    177 contributions
    Excellent example of Mayan archeology
    This was a wonderful excursion from Belize. Only 75% of the site has been excavated and the remainder is still covered by rain forest to protect it. It is also now a protected animal sanctuary. It is easy to wander around and see it all. It is a wonderful example of Mayan history and shouldn't be missed.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 5 March 2023
  • yalibrarian
    San Antonio, Texas359 contributions
    A Gem of an Experience
    Although I had seen Tulum and Coba in Mexico, Tikal was like moving up to the big leagues. This site was full of archeological treats and many Mayan stories to be told. It is very spread out, so plan on a lot of walking in the heat. Sunscreen, water, and bug spray are a must. There are many clean restrooms and benches to rest throughout the park and a dense jungle between sites. We spotted howler monkeys, spider monkeys, ocellated turkeys, aracaris, and toucanettes. If so inclined, there are several temples to climb (well, the scaffolded steps next to it). We ate lunch at the on-site restaurant after touring for half a day. Great Mayan fare, including chicken, rice and beans, fresh corn tortillas, fresh fruit, and to-die-for hibiscus juice. We booked our tour through our ecolodge (Table Rock) in Belize and everything was flawless. Highly recommend Jorge if you can get him. Crossing the border was seamless with our tour guides
    Visited March 2023
    Written 16 March 2023
  • Uluwhehi
    Denver, Colorado249 contributions
    Otherworldly
    The place is amazing- we spent all day in the park and did not see everything although we walkex 12 miles. Recommend the sunset tour. get to the sunset place early bc it fills up with people.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 27 March 2023
  • duckygirl98
    Evergreen, Colorado53 contributions
    Fernando- great Tikal guide! Book through jungle lodge
    Fernando led my family on a half day Tikal tour. He was fantastic. Knowledge of architecture, history, local Mayan traditions, trees and flowers, animals. He was delightful. Booked through Jungle Lodge
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 April 2023
  • Travel AL 04
    59 contributions
    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 28 April 2023
  • Jo F
    Whaley Bridge, United Kingdom448 contributions
    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 11 May 2023
  • a wandering friend
    St. Petersburg, Florida227 contributions
    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 28 May 2023
  • 624gerrih
    Cambridge, Massachusetts337 contributions
    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 4 June 2023
  • TravelMore
    Parker, Colorado148 contributions
    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 16 June 2023
  • Kat
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom35 contributions
    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 23 June 2023
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LJO
22 contributions
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 23 February 2024
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Chekist
Arlington, VA37 contributions
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 9 February 2024
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Richard B
Edinburgh, UK4,011 contributions
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 1 February 2024
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Murton68
Gillingham, UK491 contributions
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 24 January 2024
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Journey794674
38 contributions
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 7 January 2024
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Paul Sandmann
Berlin, Germany88 contributions
Dec 2023 • Solo
I still remember the howler monkeys screaming through the jungle when climbing up the ancient pyramids of Tikal. I had made it my goal to climb all of them. Tikal is one of these magical places on planet earth you just have to visit once in your life.
Written 31 December 2023
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RG B
Sacramento, CA135 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
Tikal is an amazing Mayan ruins site. While only a fraction of the buildings, temples and other structures have been excavated and restored this site vividly demonstrates the incredible accomplishments of the Mayan civilization. A good tour will take most of the day and involve a lot of walking/climbing. For anyone interested in Meso-American history, this stop is a MUST.
Written 1 December 2023
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Penboy7
Tuckahoe, NY194 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
We woke up a little after 2am in order to make it to Tikal before 4am. We entered the park with our experienced guide, Israel, and a flashlight and walked to the Grand Plaza where we ascended a platform on Templo II and waited for the sunrise. That morning there was a heavy mist that muted the spectacle, but we remained on the platform long after everyone else left as the morning sun burned the mist away. Gorgeous view!

We went on to explore the enormous site, one of the most well-preserved Mayan cities, and the enormous temples in various stages of restoration. The temples were primarily used for astronomical purposes as the complex Mayan culture studied the night skies. It is amazing to think of these structures as complex calendars that provided critical information to the population. Those who have visited other Mayan sites, particularly Teotihuacan outside Mexico City, can appreciate the cultural significance of this ancient people who ruled this particularly area for around to 2,000 years.
Written 28 November 2023
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worktotravel14
Trenton, NJ2,306 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
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.
Written 5 November 2023
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Captain Charles G
Key Biscayne, FL360 contributions
Sept 2023 • Solo
This is a must-see kind of place! I would compare it to Egypt but in Central America for its wonders of architecture, art, and culture.
Written 15 September 2023
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