Tikal National Park

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Maya Archaeology Tour Maya Archaeology Tour

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Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park

In the heart of the jungle, surrounded by lush vegetation, lies one of the major sites of Mayan civilization, inhabited from the 6th century B.C. to the 10th century A.D. The ceremonial center contains superb temples, palaces, and public squares accessed by means of ramps with remains of dwellings scattered throughout the surrounding countryside.

Tikal National Park is located in Northern Guatemala's Petén Province within a large forest region extending into neighboring Mexico and Belize. Embedded within the much larger Maya Biosphere Reserve covering almost 5 million acres, Tikal National Park is one of the few World Heritage sites noted for its extraordinary nature, cultural, biodiversity and archaeological importance. Tikal National Park is comprised of over 142,000 acres of wetlands, savannah, tropical broadleaf and palm forests with thousands of architectural and artistic remains of the Mayan civilization from the 600 B.C. to the decline and eventual collapse of the urban center around 900 AD.

Tikal’s diverse ecosystems and habitats are home to a wide variety of fauna and flora. Five cats, including Jaguar and Puma, several species of monkeys and anteaters and more than 300 species of birds are among the notable wildlife. The forests areas boast more than 200 tree species and over 2000 higher plants recorded.

Tikal National Park

Alongside it’s stunning size and beautiful surrounds, Tikal is one of the most important archaeological complexes left by the Maya civilization known to date. The main monumental architecture including palaces, temples, ceremonial platforms, ball-game courts and roads lined with residences are found in the 1,000-acre inner urban area of the site. Many of the existing monuments preserve decorated surfaces, including stone carvings and mural paintings with hieroglyphic inscriptions, which illustrate the dynastic history of the city and its relationships with urban centers as far away as Teotihuacan and Calakmul in Mexico, Copan in Honduras or Caracol in Belize. Outside of the main site more than 25 secondary sites, known historically to serve protective purposes and check in points for the trade route, can be found.

Research has revealed numerous constructions, carved monuments and other evidence bearing witness to highly sophisticated technical, intellectual and artistic achievements that developed from the arrival of the first settlers (800 B.C.) to the last stages of historic occupation around the year 900. Tikal has enhanced the understanding not only of an extraordinary past civilization but also of cultural evolution. The diversity, history, surrounding landscape and overly impressive archaeology of Tikal National Park makes it a place not to miss on a Guatemala adventure.


Tikal & Peten Accommodations


Villa Maya Peten
Villa Maya hotel is surrounded by gardens and splendid views of the lakes Petenchel and Monifata. Each of the 56 rooms feature an en suite bathroom with hot water, private balcony, phone, A/C and ceiling fan.

Guatemala Family Adventure Tour


Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel
Located in the Heart of the Maya World, minutes away from the magnificent Tikal, Uaxactún and Yaxhá ruins. You can experience the richness of the jungle at its best in Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel. Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel baosts just 19 spacious suites with views of the lagoon.

Maya Archaeology Tour


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