During the Classic Period from AD 250 to 900 Tikal was one of the most powerful Mayan cities and dominated a large part of the Mayan world politically, economically and militarily.
Large plazas surrounded by tall temple pyramids and royal palaces dominate the central area of the site. With a height of up to 70 m (230 ft), the pyramids in Tikal were among the tallest man-made structures in the Americas until the first skyscrapers appeared in North America.
The general decline of the Mayan civilization in the 9th century AD did not spare Tikal, however. The city was abandoned and lay buried under tropical rainforest until it was rediscovered in the 19th century.
Serious scientific exploration of the site began in the 1950s and many restoration projects have been carried out by North American universities in cooperation with Guatemalan institutions. Tikal is now the best understood of all the ancient Mayan cities, although many mysteries still remain.
The ruins of Tikal are part of Tikal National Park, which spans an area of 570 square km (220 square miles). Tikal is easily accessible by shuttle bus from the airport in Flores.
Visit the Mayan ruins of Tikal and learn about the fascinating history of one of the most powerful Mayan cities during the Classic Period!
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The Mayan ruins of Tikal are famous for their grand plazas, royal palaces and monumental temple pyramids. They are easy to reach by shuttle bus from the airport in Flores, which makes them a great destination for a weekend tour while you study Spanish in Antigua.
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Weekend tours to Tikal are available every weekend, year round.
|2-day Tikal Tour:||US$555.00 per person|
Included: Airport transfers, round-trip airfare, 1 night hotel, tour of the ruins with a bilingual guide
Not included: Meals, drinks, tips
Payment: Payment in full must be received at least 14 days before the tour begins; or at the time of booking if less than 14 days before the tour.
Cancellation policy: Full refund minus a US$50.00 cancellation fee if you cancel more than 14 days before the tour begins. No refund or credit for later cancellations or no-shows.
Tikal is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the Mayan world and is a popular destination for Guatemalans and foreign travelers alike. Particularly on weekends there can be many visitors in the park, but it is rarely crowded.
Some of the tall temple pyramids can be climbed and permit a magnificent view of the surrounding ruins and jungle. The climb can be strenuous, though, as the pyramids are quite steep.
The hotel we work with is located inside of Tikal National Park, only a few minutes on foot from the ruins. The hotel has a restaurant and a swimming pool.
Tikal is located in the middle of a large area of jungle and depends on generators for its electricity, which are switched off at night. You won't have internet access in Tikal and cell phone coverage is very spotty.