Come see one of the world’s most impressive ancient ruins! Tikal is known worldwide for its impressive pyramids and sprawling ruins. This UNESCO…
Tikal is the pinnacle site of the ancient Mayan civilization. Known the world over for its impressive pyramids and sprawling ruins, this UNESCO World Heritage site was once the capital of one of the most powerful kingdoms of the ancient Maya.
Old Town Outfitters offers several Tikal Guatemala tours that allow you to experience ruins that date back to the 6th century B.C. to the 10th century A.D. Tour the Mayan ceremonial center, ancient temples and palaces surrounded by extraordinary Guatemalan jungle.
We take care of all the details on our Tikal Tours including hassle-free transport, flights, accommodations, Tikal park fees, meals, and more - so you can relax and absorb a piece of ancient history like no other.
About Tikal National Park
Tikal National Park, known as Parque Nacional Tikal to locals, is a 222 square mile (575 square kilometers) preserve recognized as a top-tier UNESCO heritage site for both the Tikal historical ruins as well as the rich natural biodiversity of the surrounding jungle.
Tikal is one of the most important archaeological complexes left by the Maya civilization. The ancient remains found at Tikal National Park show the evolution of Mayan society from hunter-gathering to farming.
Learn more about Tikal’s UNESCO status.
Tikal National Park is located in Northern Guatemala in the Petén department which adjoins Mexico and Belize. The closest town is Flores, about a 90-minute drive southwest of the park.
Tikal National Park is composed of a unique jungle known as the Maya Biosphere Reserve characterized by kapok, silk, cedar, and mahogany trees.
- Climb Temple IV, the tallest pre-Colombian structure in the Americas (270 feet, 70 meters) first hand.
- Learn about the significance and splendor of the Maya civilization.
- Experience the diverse Maya Biosphere Reserve, home to a wide range of flora and fauna, over 250 species of birds, jaguars and monkeys.
My wife and I used Old Town for two different tours (Tikal day trip and Actatenago overnight) and were equally impressed with both. The guides were very professional, spoke excellent English, and all aspects of the trip felt high quality and organized. The shop is located right off the main square in Antigua, very convenient to most hotels. Above all, we were very impressed at how punctual, responsive and detail-oriented the company was. We have frequently had tour companies be very late to pickup times without word or communicate very little information on organizational details. Old Town was excellent in this regard. As an example, our Tikal trip driver was early to pick us up from our hotel (a true rarity) and immediately gave us an information packet with all time, ticket, and air travel info. I would highly recommend this outfitter to anyone visiting the area!
In most cases, we suggest that our clients take the local flight from Guatemala City to Flores. From Flores, we arrange private transport to the Tikal National Park, approximately 45 minutes. For those DIY travelers with plenty of time or on a tighter budget, there are coach bus options that take approximately 12 hours.
The high season in Guatemala tends to be North America’s winter months. Generally, the weather is drier with clear skies starting in mid-October and running until mid-April.
The Tikal National Park entrance fee is $22 (USD) or 150 Quetzals per day per. If you choose a Tikal Tour with Old Town Outfitters your park entrance fees will be covered in advance.
Can I use $USD, Euros, etc?The local currency is called the Quetzal (ket-zahl) and is roughly 7.5 to 1 USD. You may find that you can use USD in some establishments in Antigua and other touristy spots, but Q is the preferred currency in Guatemala.
There are plenty of places to see and experience near the Tikal National Park whether you are looking for more Mayan ruins, relaxing on the shores of Lake Petén Itzá, exploring ancient caves, jungle hiking, or even crossing into Belize.
If you’re interested in expanding your Tikal adventure, allow us to craft a custom tour for you.