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Unforgettable Adventures Await: Tikal Tours From Flores
A Tikal tour from Flores takes you through captivating sights, adventures, and activities to create memories that will last a lifetime. Explore the mysteries of a crumbling city, once lost in time and concealed by thick vegetation. Tikal, once one of the greatest Mayan cities, boasts remarkable constructions and towering pyramid-style temples that still stand tall today.
Follow in the footsteps of European explorers who discovered the ruins in the mid-19th century and history enthusiasts who have flocked to the site ever since. While in Guatemala, make the most of your journey by visiting the colorful, colonial-style town of Flores.
The Ruins of Tikal: A Rich History
Flanked by lush vegetation and nearly concealed in the heart of the jungle, the ruins of Tikal sit, remaining a testament to years gone by. Tikal, known initially as Yax Mutal in honor of ruler Yax Ehb Xook, was once one of the greatest Mayan cities.
For many years, it flourished, housing many people that bustled around its streets, plazas, and palaces. It boasted remarkable construction for its time, featuring massive Mayan pyramid-style temples, several of which still tower over the city today.
Its origins date as far back as 1000 B.C., although some believe it originated in around 700 B.C. The timeline is fuzzy, as pinpointing exact origins can be tricky, but most historians agree on this general origin.
The city saw ups and downs throughout the years, with booming years when the city flourished and lows plagued by disease and starvation. Eventually, around 900 A.D., the city began its final decline, much like the rest of the Mayan empire.
Historians believe a combination of factors led to its demise. Incessant warfare took its toll, and combined with severe droughts, epidemic disease, crop failure, and overpopulation, the city began to implode. Today, we call this period the collapse of Classic Maya.
Soon, the city was gutted, becoming a shell of its former self. The buildings sat empty, and the streets were void of the previous hustle and bustle. For many years, the city was vacant, save for a few migrant farmers.
In the 1500s, Spanish colonists arrived in the area, but Tikal remained hidden, concealed by the thick jungle. It wasn’t until the mid-19th century that European explorers “discovered” the ruins, stumbling upon them as they traversed the area.
After discovery, Tikal became an intriguing mystery for historians and archaeologists alike. They flocked to the site, excitedly uncovering rich pieces of history that paint a picture of what life was like in Tikal. In the following years, Tikal became a popular tourist destination and eventually earned a place as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of Tikal National Park.
Nestled on beautiful Lake Peten Itza, just one hour south of Tikal, Flores Island is a must-see on your journey through Guatemala. This picturesque town is teeming with captivating sights and entertaining activities to fill your days.
It’s a small island situated on Lake Peten Itza in Peten, Guatemala. The quaint town is bursting with colors, boasting vibrant hues along buildings, boats, and streets stretched throughout it. Its colonial-style houses and laid-back atmosphere lend to its charming character.
As you meander through the streets, take time to stop at booths and shops along the way for souvenirs and handicrafts to remember your time here. Enjoy delectable cuisine and beverages at local eateries and cafes to keep you full as you shop.
Maximizing Your Tikal Tour From Flores
When visiting Guatemala, Tikal and Flores are worthwhile visits. The former is famous for its rich history, while the latter is a must-see for its quaint, colorful style. To maximize your Guatemala trip, tick both off your bucket list in one Guatemalan adventure.
There are a handful of ways to do this. If you want to focus on Tikal and Flores on your trip, you might choose to stay in the area and look for Tikal day tours from Flores. This is an excellent option for those who prefer to plan the details of their trip themselves, as it gives you more flexibility to choose where you want to go and when.
In contrast, you might prefer the convenience of a fully guided trip. If that sounds like you, you may choose to tour Tikal from Flores as part of a pre-planned trip. With our guided tours at Caravan, you’re along for the ride, meaning we handle the details for you so you can enjoy your trip. We plan your itinerary, ticking off must-see places and activities throughout Guatemala to maximize your adventure.
Days four and five of our Guatemala, Tikal, and Rio Dulce tour will take you to Tiakl and Flores Island, with a full day dedicated to exploring the ruins of Tikal.
Make the Most of a Guatemalan Adventure With Caravan
Whether interested in history, culture, or simply soaking up the local atmosphere, Tikal and Flores offer an unforgettable adventure that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. If you’re excited to dive into the adventures that await you in Guatemala, a guided tour might be the perfect fit.
Our Guatemala, Tikal, and Rio Dulce tour takes you to Tikal and Flores, among other places, ensuring you can make the most of your trip. While you’ll still have plenty of time to shop, relax, and complete activities of your choosing, we cover the details for you, from transportation and lodgings to food and activities. Ready to book an adventure? Call us at 1-800-CARAVAN or 1-312-321-9800 to get started!
Why Travel with Caravan?
Why Travel with Caravan?
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