Tikal Travel Guide

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Tikal Things to Do

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    Keel Billed Toucanet In Tree Top Behind Temple IV 2 more images

    by mrserious Written Sep 25, 2005

    From the tops of temples you may find toucans in the trees. When walking the trails through the jungle between temples, look up to see monkeys in the trees. My pictures of the monkeys didn't turn out as the light conditions were difficult.

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    • Architecture
    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • Archeology

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Tikal Transportation

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    by euzkadi Updated Aug 20, 2006

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    The best to get to Tikal is by plane. A short 25 minutes flight from Guatemala City to Flores. Also you can reach Tikal from Belize, or Can Cun.
    From Flores airport you can get one of the tourist minibuses to the National Park of TIkal. 1 hour ride.
    Or you can visit Tikal by road, a 7 hours ride from Guatemala city, with great views of the rain forest jungle.

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Tikal Shopping

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    by cher_36 Written Jan 18, 2004

    There is a souvenier shop and restarant at the Park. Prices are higher than in Flores so if you are going on to Flores pick up stuff there. If going further into Guatemala, things will be considerably cheaper than in Flores, as some travellers told us. We found prices much cheaper than Belize.

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    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • National/State Park

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Tikal Warnings and Dangers

  • by IrishFairy Written Sep 16, 2005

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    Beware of people selling bus tickets back to Belize - they will sell you a $35 ticket (which I think is the right price) but will only get you a bus to the border of Belize, where they will leave you. Always go with a reputable bus company with a proper office or recommendation.

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    • Backpacking
    • Mountain Climbing
    • Historical Travel

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Tikal Sports & Outdoors

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    by gerardust Written Oct 30, 2007

    I went on a tour to Tikal and Yaxha and it was just awesome! We canoed to an island on a lake with Mayan ruins and rode bikes on jungle trails to another hidden Mayan site where we camped out and it was all just unique and there was no one else in most places we went which made it all extra special!

    Equipment: You should be able to arrange this trip by yourself, rent bicycles in Flores, bring your own tent and camping gear, bring food too. I just took a tour with these guys I found on the internet. They were amazing!

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    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • Camping
    • Cycling

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Tikal Favorites

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    by craigcameron Updated Jan 20, 2006

    Favorite thing: If you plan to spend the day at Tikal bring a packed lunch as the food available at the site is not good and overpriced. To gat decent food would be hiking back to the hotels, which is a waste of time. Mid afternoon find a shady spot away from the hoards and dream of Mayan worlds, your imagination should have been well fed.

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    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • Archeology

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    by cher_36 Written Jan 18, 2004

    Favorite thing: Temple IV

    Fondest memory: My fondest memory is getting up at 5:30 am, in the dark (no power) and hiking through the park in the dark to get to the top of Temple IV for sunrise. Reaching the top of the Temple and looking out over the jungle canopy I heard howler monkeys for the first time. Wow!

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    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • National/State Park

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