Take a day trip from San Ignacio to the Mayan ruins of Tikal, located in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tikal National Park (Parque Nacional Tikal). A professional guide leads you on a tour of the famous archeological site, once inhabited by the pre-Columbian Mayan civilization. Step foot in the heart of the jungle and experience Guatemalan history, culture, and nature all in one day! Round-trip hotel transport, crossing the border from Belize, is included.
Grab your passport and meet your local guide upon pickup from your San Ignacio hotel in the morning. Your day trip begins with an approximate 1.5-hour drive to Tikal National Park, located in Guatemala. Aboard your comfortable coach you'll cross over the border hassle-free!
The ruins of more than 3,000 palaces, temples, ceremonial platforms, ball courts and plazas dot this UNESCO World Heritage Site that once served as a religious, social and political hub for the Maya people. Throughout your visit, your guide shares historical background on the ancient kingdom.
Head to Complex Q and R, where you'll see twin pyramids with altars set in front of the temples.
Visit the Central Acropolis, a maze of courtyards and smaller temples. Gaze in awe at the great plaza, whose massive Temple — the Temple of the Grand Jaguar — was built to honor and bury King Moon Double Comb. Here, three rooms are located inside the 144-foot (44-meter) temple, whose steep external stairs lead to the top. Take in the sight of Temple IV (the Double Head Serpent), Tikal’s tallest structure at 212 feet (64 meters) high. The intriguing Temple II, commonly known as the Temple of the Masks, also sits in this part of the park near the Great Plaza. The upper frieze was once adorned with gigantic stone and stucco masks!
Enjoy a delicious lunch in Tikal National Park before you explore the ruins on your own. Afterward, your guide will transport you back to Belize with drop-off at your hotel in San Ignacio.