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Embark on a Tikal Adventure: Unforgettable Tours from Guatemala City
If you’re ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure that will transport you back in time, look no further than Tikal. This breathtaking ancient Mayan city, located in the heart of Guatemala’s jungle, has plenty to offer.
With its towering pyramids, intricate temples, and rich history, Tikal is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in ancient civilizations and world heritage sites. And with expert tour guides and convenient departures from Guatemala City, embarking on a Tikal adventure has never been easier or more accessible. Get ready for an experience you’ll never forget!
Getting to Tikal From Guatemala City
Transportation is an essential part of the puzzle when traveling to Tikal from Guatemala City. The Mayan ruins in Tikal National Park are approximately 330 miles north of Guatemala City, so you’ll need to plan how you plan to reach your destination.
Tikal day tours from Guatemala City are available but require a short flight to carry you to and from, as driving both ways and absorbing the wonders of the ruins isn’t feasible in a single day.
Private transfers and shuttle buses are the most popular options for getting to Tikal from Guatemala City, although planes are ideal for a single-day trip. However, if you want to soak up the sights of Guatemala on your journey to Tikal, driving is the perfect option.
In our guided tours, we take you to the awe-worthy sights between Guatemala City and Tikal as we journey north. This way, the trip doesn’t feel overly long and is split into parts with stunning views and cozy lodgings tucked into the journey.
Exploring Tikal: Stops on the Tour
At Caravan, we offer several Guatemalan tours. Tour to Tikal from Guatemala City in our guided tour that takes you through the country, exploring various sights and activities before circling back to the capital. Your itinerary looks like this:
- Day one starts when you touch down at La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City, Guatemala. You’ll check into your hotel, enjoy dinner, and relax before the activities begin on day two.
- Day two takes you to the Popol Vuh and Ixchel Museums. The former is teeming with Guatemala’s pre-Columbian cultures, featuring collections of Mayan pottery and jewelry. The latter boasts the remnants of the indigenous Guatemalan tradition of textile weaving. The afternoon is filled with sightseeing and leisure activities.
- On day three, a lengthy scenic drive carries you from Guatemala City to Lake Petén Itzá, a beautiful lake in the Carribean region.
- Day four brings you to the ruins of Tikal, the grandest of all Mayan cities. Meander the ancient streets, soak in the sights, and explore the accessible ruins.
- On day five, you’ll find yourself at Flores Island, a charming colonial-style island on Lake Petén. Shop for souvenirs and handmade crafts. After lunch, take a drive to Rio Dulce and take a brief boat ride to reach Catamaran Island.
- Day six takes you on an invigorating 30-mile jungle cruise. The afternoon is dedicated to leisure time, allowing you to soak up the sun at the pool or explore the exotic grounds of your hotel.
- On day seven, you’ll visit Quiriguá, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch, you’ll continue to Guatemala City.
- Day eight wraps up your tour, closing out the excitement after a morning breakfast at your hotel and a transfer to the airport.
Tikal Adventures: Activities and Experiences
As you make your way through Guatemala to reach Tikal, you’ll find an impressive array of activities and attractions to fill your days. With a Caravan guided tour, you get to soak up the fun through various adventures, from meandering through museums teeming with historic pieces to exploring the ruins of Tikal.
- Learn about Guatemala’s history: Our tour from Guatemala to Tikal provides ample opportunity to learn of Guatemala’s history, from the museums on day one to the ancient Mayan ruins on day four.
- Enjoy the sights: From the French-styled National Palace and Metropolitan Cathedral to the lush jungles and Mayan ruins, there’s plenty to see in Guatemala. Keep an eye out for the jungle’s resident tropical birds, toucans, and monkeys as you travel!
- Immerse yourself in a time capsule: Transport yourself back in time as you walk through the remnants of the greatest Mayan city – Tikal. Several buildings are still standing, a testament to the immense greatness this city once possessed. The monoliths of Quiriguá add to the experience, showcasing remarkable art from years gone by.
- Shop for souvenirs: Watch for quaint, handmade souvenirs in shops along the way! These are a great way to remember the fun you have along the way.
- Take a thrilling jungle cruise: The day six Rio Dulce jungle cruise is an invigorating way to travel up the river, taking you through narrow canyons enveloped in vegetation and teeming with wildlife. You’ll visit the small fishing village of Livingston and pass by the 16th-century Castillo de San Felipe.
Explore All Tikal Has to Offer in a Guided Tour
Flanked by lush vegetation, Tikal offers an immense array of opportunities for history buffs and adventurers alike. This majestic area has much to offer and plenty to enjoy, making it a must-add to your bucket list. If you’re ready to take a Tikal tour from Guatemala City but don’t want to worry about the details, a guided tour might be the perfect fit.
With Caravan’s guided Tikal tours, you don’t need to worry about the little details – we’ll handle them for you. We have you covered, from transportation and activities to lodging and food. Book your Guatemalan adventure today by calling 1-800-CARAVAN or 1-312-321-9800!
Why Travel with Caravan?
Why Travel with Caravan?
Excellence Since 1952
You can trust our years of experience with tours of superb quality and excellent value. Caravan has enjoyed the same family management and ownership since 1952.
For your safety, Caravan cancelled most 2020 and all 2021 tour departures and refunded 100% of all payments received. See Caravan’s Covid-19 Terms of Travel.
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In 1965, Roger Mudd hosted a two-hour CBS TV special on Caravan Tours. This TV production took about one month to make and was so successful it inspired the 1968 romantic comedy movie “If it’s Tuesday this must be Belgium.” In the early 50’s the Mayor of Dublin presented Caravan with the Key to Dublin for bringing the first American tour to the city after WWII. Since then, Caravan has been recognized as a pioneer in travel. You can trust in our stability, experience and dedication to quality.
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