At dawn Tikal becomes a magical place, with the sound of birds and mammals, even though sometimes the mist don't let see the sun, the experience is extraordinary. Enjoy Tikal in a great way, guided tour through virgin jungle paths, visiting the major archaeological maya buildings, some of them can be climbed as the tallest maya construction: Temple of the Double-Headed Serpent, with 212 feet high. Tikal is cultural and natural UNESCO site. Tikal National Park encompasses 576 square kilometres of jungle and thousands of ruined structures. Tikal grew into an important ceremonial, cultural, and commercial centre over the centuries. Most of the city’s huge temples were constructed during the eighth century AD when Tikal became the greatest city in the Maya world with a population of perhaps 120,000. The Museum of the University of Pennsylvania, the Guatemalan Institute of Anthropology and History restored Tikal’s structures during the 1950s and 1960s. More recently the cooperation of Spain has donated resources to restore some other structures. Today Tikal is to Guatemala what the Great Pyramids are to Egypt, a national symbol and a source of pride in the past. The Temple of the Grand Jaguar (Temple I) and the Temple of the Masks (Temple II) loom like a pair of colossal bookends of opposite sides of the Great Plaza, a vast expanse ringed by terraces, palaces and ball courts. Temple I rises some 48 meters above the plaza’s eastern end. A stone stairway leads up to the top of the pyramid with nine platforms, corresponding to the nine levels of the Mayan underworld. STARTS 03:15 The activity starts when we pick you up at your hotel in Flores 04:30 The walk starts in the Tikal parking lot ENDS 10:30 The walk ends in the Tikal parking lot 12:00 The activity ends when we leave you at your hotel in Flores THINGS TO BRING Packed breakfast or energy bars Best walking shoes Rain coat Water bottle Best clothing for warm weather INCLUSIONS a. Tour Guide in Tikal b. Transfers Hotel / Tikal / Hotel EXCLUSIONS a. Meals c. Entry fees (must acquire both, sunrise and day) i. Tikal sunrise Q20 per person with Guatemalan DPI or Q100 for other nationalities ii. Tikal of day Q25 per person with Guatemalan DPI or Q150 for other nationalities Note: You can buy your tickets to Tikal directly in Banrural or, if that is too complicated, we can buy your Tikal tickets for you. We will need your name, last name and passport number for that, then you pay us when we meet. ADDITIONAL INFO For this tour of sunrise you must acquire a ticket of sunrise with value of Q100 which allows you to be in the ruins area until 7:30 am, also you must acquire for this day a ticket of the day with the value of Q150, any Banrural agency or at the entrance to the park at least the day prior, as the ticket sales in the park open at 6 am and the tour begins at 4:30 am and ends after 10:00 a.m. Only local cash is accepted to pay for tickets. Only people from 13 years and older pay the park entrance fee The entrance to the Tikal museum is 30 GTQ, an entrance is valid for the two museums in the park and must buy at the entrance to the park For this tour it is important to pack something to eat or order a day before a breakfast to take at your hotel, as it takes energy to develop the walk. Notes: *) Bring plenty of bottled drinking water and sunscreen. The Peten has a tropical climate similar to that of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. **) There are also no ATM’s in Tikal so make sure to bring enough cash with you. ***) We do not guarantee see the sun, because of the weather, we see the sunrise only 10% of the times, however, it is very interesting to enjoy the awakening of the jungle.