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11 Best Tikal Tours To Book in 2024

Looking for the best Tikal tours? You’ve found them, all included in this detailed post so you can choose the best option according to your plans and where you are!

Believed to have been the capital city of an incredibly powerful Mayan kingdom, and regarded as one of the most important sites from this ancient empire, Tikal, which means Place of Voices, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. It’s a must-visit on your Guatemala itinerary(or even on your Belize one!)

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I was so glad I went on a (sunrise) tour to Tikal! I learnt so much that I would have never learnt if I had visited on my own! Below you’ll find the very best Tikal tours to experience this impressive site to the fullest

I generally use Get Your Guide and Viator to book tours around the world, as they offer reliable and high-quality excursions and an excellent cancellation policy. If your plans change and you can’t make the trip, you can cancel most activities up to 24 hours in advance and get a full refund. This is especially appreciated during current times and allows for flexibility. 

Tikal Tours from Guatemala

Best Tikal Tours from Flores, Guatemala

➤ The Archeological focus Tikal SUNRISE Tour is ideal for early risers. You’ll witness sunrise on the Tikal ruins, and explore them with a knowledgeable guide before the big crowds arrive. This gives you chance to snap memorable pictures, both of the ruins and the wildlife you’ll be spotting.  

This Tikal tour also includes: Breakfast and lunch, mosquito repellent, water refill, and roundtrip transportation. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

➤ This Tikal Day Tour from Flores takes you around the impressive site, one of the most important in pre-Columbian Mayan history, as you learn about the role it played and marvel at the main temples. You’ll also get to meet the flora and fauna that inhabits the jungle, and enjoy a traditional lunch before heading back to Flores. 

This tour also includes: Roundtrip transportation, entrance to the Park, and a knowledgeable guide. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

➤ The Archaeological Focus Tikal Sunset Tour allows you to explore the area in the golden hour, wandering around the ancient temples and plazas as the day draws to an end. You’ll be accompanied by a bilingual guide who will provide insights into the ruins’ history and the local wildlife. 

This tour also includes: Roundtrip transportation, lunch, water refill, and mosquito repellent. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Best Private Tikal Tours from Flores, Guatemala

➤ If you want personalized attention as you tour Tikal in Guatemala, you can book this Tikal VIP Tour to share the transfer with your friends or family and benefit from having an expert guide all you yourselves. You’ll be picked up from your hotel or the airport and wander around the massive ruins, learning about the Guatemalan and Mayan history and archeology. It lasts around 7 hours, so if you want a Tikal express tour, this is as close as it gets!

This tour also includes: Lunch, private transportation, bottled water, Tikal tickets, and car insurance. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

➤ The 2-Day Mayan Ruins Tour of Tikal is perfect for those interested in discovering Guatemala’s archaeological sites and becoming an (almost) expert in Mayan traditions, culture, and history. You’ll embark on a 2-day adventure that will take you around Tikal Archaeological Park with a knowledgeable guide on the first day, and explore Yaxha, an ancient ceremonial center with over 500 structures and ball courts, on the second. 

This Tikal ruins tour also includes: Overnight accommodation, breakfast and 2 lunches, roundtrip transportation, and a professional guide. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Best Tikal Tours from Antigua

➤ The Tikal Day Trip by Air from Antigua includes the airfare to fly to the town of Flores, from where you’ll be transferred to the archaeological site. You’ll enjoy a full-day tour around the Tikal ruins, where you’ll learn about the site’s importance to the Mayans and have multiple opportunities for pictures, as well as a wonderful bird’s eye view over the jungle  

This tour also includes: Roundtrip flight, lunch, entrance fees, and all transfers, including hotel pick up and drop-off. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

➤ The Tikal and Yaxha Overnight Trip also takes you to the town of Flores by air, and to discover two amazing Mayan ruins: the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tikal and Yaxha, a sacred Mayan center. You’ll visit each ruin on consecutive days, and enjoy overnight accommodation with breakfast near Tikal. 

This tour also includes: Airfare, 2 lunches, hotel pick up and drop-off, and a guide. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Best Tikal Tours from Guatemala City

Tikal is 326 miles (524.6 km) from Guatemala City, so if you’d like to go on a day trip to Tikal, the most reasonable option is to fly there. Luckily for you, there are tours that include roundtrip airfare and transfer to and from the airport, so you don’t have to go through all the hassle. Check out the best Tikal National Park tours from Guatemala City! 

➤ With the Tikal Day Trip by Air from Guatemala City you’ll fly to the town of Flores, located near the Tikal ruins, and be transferred directly to the site, which you’ll explore with a knowledgeable guide. Being one of the largest pre-Colombian archeological sites, it boasts over 3,000 structures that include temples, plazas, and ball courts; you’ll enjoy a substantial lunch after all that walking around! 

This tour also includes: Roundtrip airfare, hotel pick up and drop-off, and entrance fees. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

➤ You can also join a Tikal and Yaxha Overnight Trip from Guatemala City. You’ll fly to the Tikal Archeological Park, which you’ll explore in-depth with the commentary of your guide, and then spend the night nearby, before heading to the Mayan ruins of Yaxha the next day. You’ll also get to spot the wildlife as you immerse yourself in the Guatemalan jungle. 

This tour also includes: Roundtrip airfare, hotel pick up and drop-off, overnight accommodation, breakfast, 2 lunches, and entrance fees. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Tikal Tours from Belize

Staying in Belize instead? Do not fret, because there are fantastic tours to Tikal from Belize as well! Check them out. 

Best Tikal Tours from San Ignacio, Belize

➤ The Tikal Day Tour from San Ignacio is a full-day trip which you’ll enjoy accompanied by a professional guide, so besides marveling at the impressive Mayan structures (there are over 3 thousand!) you’ll also understand their meaning and history. You’ll then have free time to roam around them after a quick lunch break. 

This tour also includes: Hotel pick up and drop-off, lunch, and park fees. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

➤ The Private Tikal Mayan City Tour departs from your hotel in San Ignacio and offers a full day of exploration around this ancient site, where you’ll get to see temples, plazas, and ball courts and learnabout the traditions of the civilization which inhabited it. Your private guide will be ready to answer your questions, and you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. 

This tour also includes: Private roundtrip transportation, professional guide, and lunch. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

  • Virginia Bello

    Virginia is a writer originally from Montevideo, Uruguay. She left her career as a TV Producer to gain more freedom and never looked back. She's been traveling the world full-time ever since! Virginia has traveled extensively through Latin America, Europe and Asia. You can currently find her gallivanting through Southeast Asia.