Our hotel in Tikal National Park puts you in the heart of the larger Mayan rainforest region, just steps from one of the largest and best preserved Mayan ruins. The park itself is a UNESCO world heritage site, one of the few that is inscribed both as a historical, archeological wonder and for its geography and stunning landscape.
Visiting Tikal will make you feel like you’ve been transported to another world, in a galaxy far, far away--Tikal was the inspiration and filming location for the “jungle moon” in the original Star Wars!
Unlike some pre-Columbian peoples, the ancient Mayas were not a centralized power, instead sprawling over powerful city-states throughout what is now Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador. At its height, Tikal was a powerful city-state inhabited by thousands of people.
The structures that stand today were built of limestone, and include soaring temples, a royal palace, as well as everyday shops, homes, a jail, and even courts for Mayan sports. The five core buildings that dominate the remaining city are simply called Temple I to V, each with their own unique features that tell us about Mayan history. Our hotel’s tour guide will take you into Tikal, and help unravel the mysteries of the Maya with you, including when and how the city began to collapse.
Like many sites, Tikal was never truly “lost,” as the location was passed down for generations. It was only in the 1950s, when an airstrip was built in nearby Flores, that the site began to be excavated and studied in depth. It is still being explored and carefully conserved, with an estimated 90% of the city still uncovered due to the growth of the rainforest all around!
The soaring heights of Tikal’s temples also provide an unbeatable view over the forest. Climbing a thousand-year-old temple to watch the sunrise over an ancient city and the lush tropical forest that surrounds it is a sight you will never forget.
Tikal National Park is part of the larger conservation area called the Maya Biosphere Reserve. It is the largest tropical forest in Central America, covering thousands of kilometers and home to a huge spectrum of plant and animal life.
In Tikal National Park around our hotel, you may spot jaguars, pumas, coatimundis, spider monkeys, tapirs, and so many more. Howler monkeys may be your alarm clock, and colorful wild turkeys are everywhere in the forest.
The animals in the national park live amongst the jungle’s protected lush vegetation. Trees sacred to the Maya still flourish here, and the forest is home to wetlands, lakes, rivers, streams, and cenotes. To make the most of your stay, we offer bike and horseback riding tours through the forest!
Our most famous and spectacular hotel package for the most-visited site in Guatemala. Follow our guide through dark forest, climb the highest temple in Tikal, Temple IV, and experience the awakening of the jungle. Listen to the sounds of the animals as a new day dawns over this majestic city, as the sun spills over a spectacular view over the Peten Jungle. This is followed by the regular tour of the most important temples of Tikal.
English speaking guide. 4 - 8 a.m. (4 hours approx. - entry tickets are not included, must be bought on entry to the ruins).
A different, more relaxed and spiritual tour. Watch the sunset from one of the temples of the main plaza, and as night falls you get to see the heavens and the stars in their maximum splendor, with zero light contamination. The guide will tell you stories about the Maya and their cosmology.
English speaking guide. 5:30 - 8 p.m. (3 hours approx. - entry tickets not included, must be bought on entry to the ruins)
The classic tour done by the majority of people visiting Tikal for the day, 4 hours of history about Tikal and the Mayas, and the area’s wildlife and plants. It covers the most important areas of Tikal and the forest. Can be taken in addition to another tour, with secondary areas for a wider and more in-depth view of the site.
English speaking guide. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (4 hours approx. - entry ticket is not included, must be bought on entry to the ruins).