Tikal Day Trip From Guatemala City


Begin an extraordinary day trip from Guatemala City to Tikal, an ancient Mayan city nestled in the heart of a dense subtropical forest in northern Guatemala’s Petén region. This tour is perfect for travelers with limited time, as it allows them to return to their base hotel on the same day.

The Tikal tour from Guatemala City by air is a fantastic opportunity for travelers with little time or who prefer to return to their base hotel on the same day.

Tikal, located in a dense subtropical forest in the center of Petén in northern Guatemala, was one of the most important cities in the Mayan lowlands.

Its first permanentinhabitantst settled in the area around 900 BC. It saw its most remarkable growth between 700-800 AD. It built many of the structures you will explore today.

The forest of the Tikal National Park supports a great variety of animal species. During your day trip to Tikal, you may encounter ocellated turkeys, parrots, toucans, howlers, and spider monkeys, among others.

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Tikal National Park – Guatemala

Exploring Tikal: Key Sights and Wildlife

Once a significant Mayan city-state, Tikal offers a rich tapestry of history and culture. Critical structures include the towering Great Jaguar Temple (Temple I), the expansive Great Plaza, and the impressive Temple IV, which offers a panoramic view of the surrounding jungle. The Central and South Acropolises provide insights into the lives of the Mayan elite. At the same time, the Lost World Complex offers a more secluded exploration experience.

Tips for a Memorable Experience

  • Wear Comfortable Clothing: Opt for breathable fabrics and sturdy shoes for walking and climbing.
  • Stay Hydrated: Bring a refillable water bottle and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Sun Protection: Use sunscreen, wear a hat, and bring sunglasses to protect against the sun.
  • Insect Repellent: Bring a DEET-based repellent to protect against mosquitoes.
  • Respect the Site: Follow designated trails, avoid touching or climbing on the ruins, and dispose of trash responsibly.

Best Time to Visit and Duration

The optimal time to visit Tikal is during the dry season, from November to April, when temperatures are more relaxed and there is minimal rainfall. A two-day visit is recommended for a thorough exploration. However, this tour condenses the highlights into a single, memorable day.

How to Get There

Traveling to Tikal from Guatemala City is most convenient by air, with daily flights to Flores. From Flores, it’s a short drive to Tikal National Park. Alternatively, buses and rental cars offer budget-friendly and flexible travel options respectively.

This Tikal day trip promises a captivating journey through ancient history and vibrant nature, creating lasting memories of Guatemala’s rich cultural heritage.

Guatemala City to Tikal Tour


  • Tikal National Park: Explore the historic and natural wonders of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Activities: Delve into history, culture, nature, and archaeology.
  • Difficulty Level: Easy to moderate.
  • Holiday Type: Set-departure.
  • Trip Style: Suitable for couples, small groups, families, and solo travelers.
  • Comfort Level: Standard.
  • Transportation: Minibus and airplane.
  • Duration: 1 day.
  • Physical Demand: Includes walking activities.
  • Group Size: Minimum 1, maximum 20 participants.
  • Departure/Return Location: At your hotel or lodging address provided in your tour confirmation (restrictions apply).


  • Round-trip shared transportation from your hotel in Guatemala City to La Aurora International Airport.
  • Round-trip airline ticket from Guatemala City to Flores.
  • Round-trip transfer from Mundo Maya International Airport to Tikal.
  • Entrance fee to Tikal National Park.
  • Lunch and a soft drink.
  • Bilingual professional tour guide.


  • Airport fees.
  • Gratuity.
  • Any services not mentioned.
A group of travelers enjoying the main plaza of Tikal during a Guatemala City to Tikal Tour.

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From US$.340.00 P/P

    Guatemala City to Tikal Tour Itinerary

    5:00 AM: Early transfer from Guatemala City to La Aurora airport terminal for a short flight to Flores, Mundo Maya International Airport.

    6:00 AM: Arrival at Mundo Maya International Airport. A company representative will be waiting with a sign for easy identification. You will then be transferred to Tikal Park (approximately 60 minutes).

    7:00 AM: Start your Tikal day tour. Explore the twin pyramid complex, the main square with the central, south, and north acropolises, the Great Jaguar Temple, and Temple II. Continue walking through old causeways, visiting Temple III, Bat Palace, Complex N, and finally reaching Temple IV for an outstanding view of the forest and the main temples.

    Noon: Visit the Lost World complex, seven temples, and Temple V, then head toward the picnic area for a delicious meal.

    3:30 PM: Transfer back to Mundo Maya International Airport for the flight to Guatemala City. Then transfer to your hotel.

    Have You Got Questions?

    Frequently Asked Questions.

    How long does the Guatemala City to Tikal day trip take?

    The tour is a full-day excursion, typically starting early in the morning and returning by late afternoon or early evening.

    What is included in the Tikal day tour package?

    The package includes round-trip transportation from your hotel to La Aurora International Airport, round-trip airfare from Guatemala City to Flores, transfers to and from Tikal National Park, entrance fees, lunch and a soft drink, and a bilingual professional tour guide.

    What should I wear and bring for the Tikal day trip?

    Wear comfortable, breathable clothing and sturdy walking shoes. Bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, insect repellent, a refillable water bottle, and a camera.

    Is the tour suitable for all fitness levels?

    The tour is rated as easy to moderate in difficulty. It involves walking and climbing steps, so a basic level of fitness is recommended.

    Can I see wildlife during the Tikal tour?

    Yes, Tikal National Park is home to a variety of wildlife, including howler and spider monkeys, toucans, parrots, and coatis. Wildlife sightings enhance the overall experience.

    Are meals provided on the tour?

    Yes, lunch and a soft drink are included in the tour package. Additional snacks and beverages may be purchased at your own expense.

    What are the main attractions in Tikal?

    Key attractions include the Great Plaza, Great Jaguar Temple (Temple I), Temple IV, Central and South Acropolises, and the Lost World Complex.

    How do I book the Tikal day tour?

    You can book the tour through your hotel, a local travel agency, or an online tour operator. Ensure you receive a confirmation detailing the departure and return times and inclusions.

    What is the best time of year to visit Tikal?

    The best time to visit is during the dry season, from November to April when the weather is cooler, and there is minimal rainfall. However, Tikal can be visited year-round.

    Is it possible to customize the Tikal day tour?

    While the standard day tour has a set itinerary, as a tailor-made tour operator, we offer customization options for private tours, including extended visits or additional activities. Please feel free to contact us for more information.

    Have Any Questions?

    Do not hesitate to give us a call. We are happy to talk to you.

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     Tikal Day Trip From Guatemala City