Tikal is the most important Mayan civilization in Guatemala. It is located in the middle of the Tikal National Park, in the department of El Petén, in the north of the country.

Declared Natural and Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 1979, Tikal is part of the Maya Biosphere Reserve.

The complex houses more than 3,000 archaeological elements in the middle of the jungle. Inhabited since the sixth century B.C. until the tenth century A.D., The Plaza Mayor stands out, surrounded by several acropolis, and wonderful temples such as the Temple of the Great Jaguar or Temple I, built to bury the King Luna Double Comb. The Temple of the Two-headed Serpent or Temple IV, the tallest in Tikal with magnificent views of the park. The Temple of the Masks or Temple II, the Temple of the Jaguar Priest or Temple III with different carvings on the lintels and the Temple of the Inscriptions or Temple VI.

It is magnificent to see how the pyramids appear among the thick vegetation of the jungle.

The Tikal National Park has two museums:

  • Stelae Museum, houses important stelae
  • The Sylvannus G. Morley Museum, houses a reconstruction of the tomb and the funeral goods of Ha Sawa Chaan K’awil, one of the builders of Tikal

If you have a chance, I recommend visiting the park at dawn. You can usually enter at 4 in the morning, with a guide that takes you to Temple IV to enjoy one of the best sunrises in the world, the awakening of the jungle, with thousands of noises of all the fauna that inhabits it, the roar of the jaguar, the howl of the monkeys, the beating of the toucans and the parrots. An experience you will never forget.

Schedule

Every day from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Rates

There are different rates:

  • General: foreigners
  • Reduced: Guatemalans
  • Free: children under 12 and Guatemalans on Sunday

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