Tikal Private Day Tour: Ethical and Sustainable Maya Adventure from Flores
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Tikal National Park
Embark on an ethical and sustainable Maya adventure with our private day tour to Tikal. Discover the natural environment, historic heritage, and local culture while ensuring the well-being of our guests and team. Tailored to your needs.
Duration: 9 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
Highlights
  • Tikal National Park - Our tour guide will pick you up at your hotel and after an hour and 30 minute drive you’ll arrive at Tikal National Park. You will visit the main highlights and get the opportunity to climb some of the most important structures. To get the full understanding of the greatness of this civilization, your guide will explain the dynastic history of the rulers of this great city and full description of the structures and what you are observing.
  • Great Plaza - Most of this interesting hike will be under the canopy of the trees so you´ll be well protected from the sun but under the watch of Spider and Howler monkeys and the many species of birds found in Tikal.

Twin Pyramid Complex Q will be one of our stops before getting to the Great Plaza, a commemorative complex unique to Tikal and your first opportunity to climb a pyramid and your first carved monument of the 29th king of the ruling dynasty.

After a short walk passing through another Twin Pyramid Complex you get to an original causeway which takes you exactly behind the most iconic temple in Tikal, The Great Jaguar Temple.

  • Temple I - To get a better understanding of their lifestyle, we take a detour and explore the residential structures in the Central Acropolis and then move to the North Acropolis which is where most of the royal tombs were found. This will leave you in front of Temple I, the Great Jaguar Temple and in the middle of the Great Plaza.

  • Temple II - Here, you will be perfectly positioned to get the best picture of the iconic Temple I, the mortuary temple of one of the most important rulers of Tikal, Hasaw Chaan Kawil.

  • Lost World - Your guide will lead you to the plaza with the earliest evidence of occupation in Tikal and an opportunity to climb the Great Pyramid. The view from here is incredible, you will a 360 degrees view over the canopy of the trees and the tallest structures at very close distance for some amazing photographs. This is also where you wait for the sunset when you do a later tour. The Lost World Complex was very important for the mayas as it was their Astronomical Observatory Complex.

  • Temple IV - One of the main highlights of the tour is going up one of the tallest single constructions in the western hemisphere.
    Definitely a privileged place to stand since in the heyday of this sophisticated city, only the ruler and the high priest were allowed to have this view. Now looking over the canopy of the trees and a clear sight of the tip of Temples I, Temple II and Temple II.
    This temple is also very popular and sometimes known as the Star Wars Temple because in 1977 the producer George Lucas included a scene from this very point for the movie Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope.

  • Tikal National Park - After this wonderful experience you will make your way down through trails in the forest to the restaurant and enjoy a hot, delicious local dish and a cold drink of your choice…

  • Flores - After a hot lunch and cold drink, we drive you back to your hotel in your air conditioned vehicle where surely you´ll have a snooze after having an amazing day.

What's Included
  • Private transportation
  • Lunch
  • In-vehicle air conditioning
  • Entrance Fees and Taxes
  • Mosquito Repellent
What's Not Included
  • Tips for Guide and driver.
  • Carbonated beverages
Additional Information

Our primary aim is to preserve natural landscapes and historical sites, encouraging sustainable and responsible tourism. We prioritize health and safety measures as it’s crucial for the well-being of our visitors and team, especially when introducing people to new and unfamiliar surroundings. We boast the professional, committed, and passionate nature of our staff. Our tour guides come with significant experience and a vast understanding not just of archaeology, but also wildlife, nature and local customs. We offer customizable tours catering to families, couples, groups or any unique requests you may have.

  • Operated by: Maya Adventure Travel
  • We adapt the duration and pace of the tour to our guests in a way to still provide them with the best experience possible and give them a full understanding of the maya civilization and importance of Tikal within the Maya World.
  • The Park provide seated shared transportation on a truck from the entrance to the Main Plaza for people that have difficulty walking.
Location
Tikal National Park
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
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Joanryan
Feb 27, 2024
Perfect tour of Tikal - Reyes could not have been more gracious and interesting in guiding our family to and through Tikal. Make sure to hire him to be your guide!
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Justin_m
Feb 16, 2024
Reyes was extremely... - Reyes was extremely knowledgeable on everything from Mayan history to botany, and I highly recommend him and this tour!
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Rth33187
Feb 2, 2024
Awesome tour, awesome guide - This was a gorgeous, comprehensive tour! Reyes was awesome and we learned so much. He is so knowledgeable and personable. It was an experience we will never forget.
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Brenda_s
Dec 17, 2023
We travelled with Ronald,... - We travelled with Ronald, it was a great experience! Very knowledgeable and was able to answer a variety of questions, he was kind and patient and kept good care of my 74 year old aunt that travelled with us. Highly recommend traveling with Ronald!
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761tracyr
Dec 4, 2023
Best tour leader in Belize - Reyes organised a 9 day tour of Belize for us and was a wonderful tour leader throughout. His enthusiasm and passion is second to none and nothing was too much trouble. His love and knowledge for Tikal and Bird watching is especially infectious and you just want to find out more. I would highly recommend using Reyes as he gives you the personnel touch which makes such lasting memories.
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U2237xjanap
Nov 25, 2023
Tikal tour - The views were amazing. The tour was tiring, a lot of walking but well worth it. Our guide Reyes was excellent. Very friendly and knowledgeable.
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Lawrence_d
Nov 4, 2023
Do not miss seeing Tikal! - Wow! That’s all I can say. The site is so amazing and even though this was a whirlwind day trip from Guatemala City (the day after we arrived), the early morning was worth it to experience Tikal. Our guide was fantastic and we had enough time to explore everything we wanted to see!
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193benedictn
Oct 14, 2023
An excellent 4 day tour with Reyes - We had an excellent 4 day with Reyes and Maya Adventure Travel. We were recommended his company by several people on the Expat Guatemala Facebook group. Our itinerary was jam packed we were able to see a lot of different things. Reyes was a great tour guide for a number of reasons, he was knowledgeable, friendly and flexible with our group. We had an 8 year old boy who wasn't too interested in the history of the Mayan culture and preferred to clamber up ruins and search every nook and cranny for passageways and bats. Reyes was understanding of this, even if he had to deviate from his standard tour a little. Day 1 Flores -> Yaxha: Reyes picked us up early and we headed to Yaxha. We did a short boat tour and saw a few crocodiles and then visited a Mayan site on a nearby island and were able to see our first howler monkeys and Mayan ruins. In the afternoon we visited each of the structures in Yaxha and learned about their history with Tikal and neighboring towns. We got a great view of the landscape and sunset from the astronomical complex in the evening. Day 2 Yaxha -> Belize -> Tikal: It was a busy day, but a great way to break up learning about history with a bit of adventure. Reyes made crossing the Belize border super simple, he's a dual Guatemalan, Belizean so he knows all the ins and outs. My family really liked to stopping at a small local kitchen to try some fry jacks for a late breakfast. We enjoyed the zip lining but particularly enjoyed cave tubing through approximately 1km river in underground caves. It's something we haven't experienced anywhere else. We were able to make it back to Tikal by sunset. Day 3 Tikal -> Uaxactun -> Tikal Uaxactun is an interesting site that's about a 45 minute car trip from Tikal. Part of what makes it fascinating is that it's managed by a local community that's living in the center of the ancient site. Many of the buildings remain unexcavated, but the ones that are demonstrate the importance of the site. We liked that there were basically no other tourists there. In the afternoon and evening we explored Tikal which is obviously the highlight when it comes to the size and quantity of Mayan architecture. We visited each of the temples and enjoyed the sunset from the top of one of them as toucans sat in the trees nearby. Our son really enjoyed clambering up and down everything that he was able to and we enjoyed hearing about the power struggles between Tikal and neighboring cities. Day 4 - Tikal -> Flores We did a half day where we headed back to Flores and explored the Arcas Animal refuge which is well worth a visit. They had a few animals that I'd never seen before, like the jaguarundi. After this we visited El Mirador which has a great view back to Flores and of the surrounding area. Overall, we highly recommend Maya Adventure Travels and Reyes.
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Selena_p
Jul 5, 2023
So worth it!! - Amazing private tour, Reyes was extremely knowledgeable about Tikal and it’s flora and fauna, he was well prepared for all or questions.. we covered every angle of Tikal and Reyes made sure to take the best photos and videos of this amazing experience. Thank you again for a great tour
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Ken_a
Jun 28, 2023
Great Tour of Tikal - Reyes did a great job. Took the time to explain the buildings, hieroglyphics, and history of the Mayan civilization. Many interesting facts given. He was also patient and allowed us to go at our own pace. Great pics also. Pickup and return at our hotel in Flores. Overall 5 stars and would highly recommend.
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