Archeological focus Tikal SUNRISE and Wildlife Spotting Tour (North and West)

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What's included

  • Breakfast to go: an apple, a banana, a guatemalan champurrada (thin round cookie), a tayuyo (corn tortilla with refried beans inside), coffee and water refill

 

  • Air-conditioned vehicle

 

  • Lunch at Jaguar Inn Restaurant, 5 options (gluten-free and vegan options)

 

 

  • Professional Excellent English-Spanish Speaking tour guide

 

  • Tikal Map

 

  • Mosquito Repellent Application

 

  • Water refill in the vehicle

 

What's excluded

 

Sunrise and Day Entry fees to Tikal for a total of US$34 only payable for guests of 10 year old and on.


Departure Point

 

Traveler pickup is offered

 

We pick up from the door of any hotel or Airbnb in Flores, Tikal, El Remate, Santa Elena, San Benito, San Andres and San Jose Peten. Guests staying in San Miguel must come by boat to Raices Restaurant in Flores Island for pick up.


Additional Info

 
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

 
  • Not wheelchair accessible

 
  • Are seat belts available? Yes

 
  • If you are the only adult in your group and you pick a small group option, departure is always guaranteed, however, if no other adult reserves for that same schedule, we will operate your activity as private, which will have an increase of 50% of the price for you. In that event we’ll charge this surcharge in person during the service. We cannot notify you about this possible surcharge in advance because usually, some other guests book at the last minute.

 
  • Bring the best walking shoes

 
  • Bring a raincoat just in case

 
  • Bring the best clothes for hot weather

 
  • Bring a flashlight (or you can use your phone's flashlight)

 
  • Bring a canteen or bottle to refill water 

 
  • Most travelers can participate

 
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers when a small group, if you book a private option, we’ll have one guide for every 9 travelers.

 

Cancellation Policy

 

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

 
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.

 
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

 
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.

 
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Archeological focus Tikal SUNRISE and Wildlife Spotting Tour (North and West)?

 

A:The policies on sanitization are:

 
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized


Q:What is the social distancing policy during Archeological focus Tikal SUNRISE and Wildlife Spotting Tour (North and West)?

 

A:The policy on social distancing is:

 
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience


Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Archeological focus Tikal SUNRISE and Wildlife Spotting Tour (North and West)?

 

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

 
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

  • Regular temperature checks for staff

Inquire Booking

1. Tikal National Park 

 

The activity begins when we pick you up at your hotel, when booking, please choose the time according to the location of your hotel. In case you don't know the location of your hotel yet, just book the cheapest tour option, later you let us know your hotel location and if there is a price difference, you can pay it to our guide. 

 

The walking tour begins at Gate 2 of Tikal National Park at: 

 

From March 22 to September 21: at 4:00 am 

From September 22 to March 21: at 4:30 am 


Duration Of Each Way Of Transfer By Location Where We Pick You Up 

 

a. Tikal: 00h: 05m 

b. El Remate: 01h: 00m 

c. San Jose, Peten: 01h:20m 

d. San Benito, Santa Elena Flores or Flores Island: 01h: 30m 

e. San Andres: 02h: 00m 



 

Tikal has two titles of UNESCO, it's cultural and natural heritage of humanity, that's why we'll spend more than six hours exploring different archeological monuments and to go from monument to monument, we'll use nature trails with a high chance of spotting some species of wildlife.



 

2. Temple IV

 

First thing, we will climb this temple with you to wait for sunrise from the top, enjoying the most wonderful view and the sounds of the waking up wildlife, then we will have breakfast up there. We developed the sunrise tour because our guests deserve to see Tikal first thing in the morning to appreciate wildlife when it is more active as well as at the end of the day. The main attraction of this tour is the awakening of the jungle with the noise of birds and howler monkeys, the sunrise is seen only 20% of the time, as it is usually cloudy or foggy. The official name of this temple is Temple of the Double Headed Serpent, as when the temple was discovered, it had a wooden carved lintel with the sacred double headed serpent carved on it, now this wooden carving is in a famous museum. The nickname of this temple is Temple of Star Wars as back in 1977 the movie director George Lucas came to Tikal to film part of the original Star Wars Movie, Episode IV "A New Hope"



 

3. North Acropolis

 

This complex was used as a Royal Cemetery for the kings and queens of Tikal, it's compared with an onion, because of the multiple layers of interesting architecture it revealed, in some of these layers we can see the masks of the rain god and the sun god. The guide communicates efficiently with all guests. During the tour, the guide accompanies you to climb the monuments to explain the most important details while you are above the monuments. We take you to the best spots to take pictures at the right times, this is ideal for photographers and we'll see many Mayan structures.



 

4. Great Plaza

 

The Great Plaza is the place in Tikal with the largest amount of energy, it's also the most restaured complex of this mayan site, it has multiple stelae, some of them with carving showing the portrait of some kings of the city. This complex was excavated back in the 1960's by the Museum of University of Pennsylvania.



 

5. Central Acropolis

 

We'll explore this complex with you, it was built as the residential area of the royal family of Tikal, it has 6 courtyards, 3 of them have been restored, this complex was also probably the place to host to all the royal visitors that came to Tikal from other mesoamerican cities for diplomatic reasons. It has a palace with 5 floors and some of the lintels on the doors of this palace are still the original wooden lintels placed by the people who built it about 14 centuries ago and the wood is still in good shape.



 

6. Templo II,Tikal,Guatemala

 

We'll climb this temple with you and enjoy the best view of the Great Plaza, looking at the masks carved on top of this temple. The view from this temple is a great chance to take a picture of Temple I, North Acropolis and the Great Plaza.



 

7. Temple I


We will walk around the most iconic monument of Tikal taking pictures of it from different angles. The official name of this temple is Temple of the Great Jaguar because when the temple was discovered, it's original wooden lintel has a Great Jaguar carved on it; now, that beautiful carving in wood is in a famous museum. Back in 1960's when archeologist excavated this temple, they found underneath this temple, the greatest treasure ever found in Tikal, it was the burial of Hasaw Chaan K'awil, the most famous king of the dynasty of Tikal, the jewelry over the skeleton of the king included 16.5 pounds of jade jewels.



 

8. Tikal National Park

 

The walking tour ends at Gate 2 of Tikal National Park at 10:30 am and we offer you a hot meal and a cold drink at the Jaguar Inn Restaurant. After eating you can walk around the visitor center to see more wildlife, visit the scale model or buy souvenirs. The activity ends when we drop you off at the location we picked you up, or it can be to a different location, but for this, you need to let us know in advance. This tour is ideal for passengers flying from Flores Airport (FRS) that afternoon on the flight: TAG 5U131 leaving to Guatemala City at 14:15

Highlights

 

  • Premium tour visiting the best spots to photograph the monuments.

 
  • Guaranteed departure, we operate only with 1 guest (surcharge applies).

 
  • Extensive tour, Sunrise and Archaeological (two in one) with enough time and flexibility, excellent for photographers.

 
  • Hassle free entry fees, those are not included because price varies according to nationality and age, but available in advance, we pay those for you, then you reimburse our guide during the service.

 
  • Excellent English-Spanish bilingual guide with deep knowledge of local history, flora and fauna and with a service attitude to give a meaning to each monument visited.

 
  • We will walk approximately 6 to 8 kilometers during this tour, but not consecutively. The longest walk between two stops is approximately 20 minutes.

 
  • Bring your camera! We love taking photos, we will show you the best spots.

Route

  1. Tickets check point
  2. Complex Q
  3. Temple of the Double Headed Serpent (IV)
  4. The North Group
  5. North Acropolis
  6. Temple of the Masks (II)
  7. The Great Plaza
  8. Temple of the Great Jaguar (I)
  9. Central Acropolis
  10. Restaurante Jaguar Inn