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Tikal Day Trip with Local Lunch from San Ignacio

San Ignacio, Belize
Tikal Day Trip with Local Lunch from San Ignacio

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icon9 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Visit the incredible ancient city of Tikal on this day trip from San Ignacio. Once a powerful city center during the Mayan period, today Tikal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that draws scores of visitors each year. Your professional guide takes you across the border into Tikal National Park in Guatemala, and leads you on a fascinating tour of the archaeological complex. Round-trip transport from your San Ignacio hotel and all park fees are included.
  • Day trip to Tikal from San Ignacio
  • Visit Tikal National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Tour the ruins of Tikal with a professional and informative guide
  • Learn about the Mayans who built one of the largest archaeological sites of the pre-Columbian world
  • Round-trip hotel transport by comfortable coach included
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Hotel pickup and drop-off within San Ignacio town limits
Departure tax fee (US$ 19 per person, due on day of travel)
Hotel pick-up and drop-off outside San Ignacio town limits

Departure Point

6 Far W St, San Ignacio, Belize

Ground floor of Elviras Building by Ervas Restaurant

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Visit one of the largest and most important Mayan sites in all of Central America. Your professional guide will pick you up at your San Ignacio hotel for the drive to Tikal National Park. You will be assisted in all border crossing procedures to enter Guatemala safely. Be sure to bring your passport.

Once inside the park, let your imagination run free as you explore highlights among more than 3,000 structures that archaeologists have excavated so far. Learn about daily life and religious practices of the ancient Mayans while wandering through the maze of the Central Acropolis, and envision the excitement of an elite sporting match in the ball courts.

Tikal boasts an array of magnificent ceremonial temples. Climb the steep staircase of the 144-foot (44-meter) Temple of the Grand Jaguar, built to honor a Mayan king. A set of twin pyramids with altars will greet you at complexes Q and R. Marvel at the Temple of the Masks, which was once adorned with intricate ceremonial mask carvings. Perhaps most impressive is the oft-photographed Temple IV, also known as the Double Head Serpent.

After a refreshing lunch break inside the park, satisfy your inner archaeologist during free time when you can explore the ruins independently. Your guide will then take you back to Belize and drop you off at your San Ignacio hotel.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is recommended you wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Note: departure tax fee is due on day of travel in cash
  • Please note: a minimum of 2 passengers is required in order for this tour to operate. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Hotel pick up and drop off included in pricing is for hotels within San Ignacio town limits. For hotels outside of San Ignacio a surcharge applies
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Belize Family Adventure
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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • "A very hot day with lots of walking so don’t forget water and comfortable shoes." See review
  • "Its a long ride from Belize but it is well worth the drive." See review


101 Reviews
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Memory we will never forget
, Dec 2021
Our guides , Leo and Eduardo were amazing . Leo is very knowledgeable and obviously proud of his culture and the Mayan beliefs which made the tour interesting . The ruins themselves were just beautiful. The drive was a little hairy on a rainy day but it was a bonus adventure mudding .
What started as Tikal plans but turned to anxious pending back up plans turned out amazing with this company
, Jul 2021
We originally purchased this tour and we’re super excited but then we were informed due to COVID and not being in phase 2 they couldn’t provide it.It was a real bummer but understandable. However they did offer an alternative and despite us not doing our research on it as I did with this tour, we agreed and by far exceeded experience and expectations. We called late the night before from our hotel desk because no one confirmed our pick up time or if Tikal was still a go. We had someone respond right away and the next day bright and early we got picked up from our hotel. Leo was our tour guide grabbed us early barely took a coffee and we went to caracol among other mini stops on our way back. Maybe phase 2 will lift by end of July if not, and you’re worried about having a gap filler for your excursions and up for the challenge I highly recommend their option to go to Caracol. Tikal was more expensive by $25 or so, I was expecting a refund but after doing the actual full day trip and had such an incredible experience I don’t think I needed to even bother for the price difference. The food they offer as well is delicious
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great Mayan site
, Mar 2020
The place is incredible, totally worth to go. The guide was super friendly, knew a lot about the site and the culture. The tour took a bit longer than expected (we were supposed to be back in San Ignacio around 16 but we arrived 17:30) so have in mind that it can be longer.
1 traveler found this review helpful
A must see!
, Feb 2020
Booking was easy & the communication has been brilliant. We were picked up from our hotel & travelled to the border in a comfortable vehicle. We then crossed the border where our guide was waiting. Another comfortable air con vehicle. Our guide was very knowledgable, we were probably in Tikal for approximately 3-4 hours. It’s absolutely incredible & mind blowing what the ancient Mayan’s have done. After the tour we had a lovely lunch & headed home. A very hot day with lots of walking so don’t forget water& comfortable shoes. Most of the walking is under the tree canopy but it was still hot. A full day too but well worth it
Tikal Day Trip
, Feb 2020
We were picked up at our hotel on time and driven to the Guatemala border where our guide helped us cross and introduced us to our guide for the day. We had a fantastic day viewing many of the temples and pyramids of Tikal. We climbed four. Our guide was knowledgeable answered every question. After walking around Tikal for about five hours we had a great lunch and sis a little souvenir shopping before heading back to San Ignacio. I would absolutely recommend this tour.
Awesome day trip from Belize!
, Jan 2020
This was an absolutely beautiful day with memories for a lifetime. We took this trip in October and it was very very nice. We had two tour guides, one on either side of the border. The guides were both so wonderful and were very knowledgeable. The ruins were second to none. We were able to climb to the top and overlook the jungle, it was very cool.
Great tour!
, Jan 2020
Cost is a fair bit but we felt it was worth it. All inclusive except the border fees at Guatemala. Very good tour guide.
Trip to Tikal
, Jan 2020
It was a great experience.. a combination of nature, history, culture and a great fun group. I will recommend this to anyone who is interested in the Mayan culture.
A Must Do!
Ruth A
, Jan 2020
This was a great experience. Its a long ride from Belize but it is well worth the drive. We had very experienced drivers both in Belize and Guatemala that guided us through the crossing of the boarder. Be aware, it will take a bit of time to get through the Belize boarder but the Guatemala boarder was efficient. Once we made the drive to Tikal there was a lot of history - from the types of trees that are native to the Guatemalan culture and the area, to the history of each Mayan temple. There was also a reference to an interaction with the Aztec. This was such a fun experience. Note that its a long hike and you'll be scaling the structures with stairs that have been added for safety of the pedestrians and the structures. If you have the energy and interest I highly recommend it!
Nice mix of history and nature
Hilary B
, Dec 2019
Wonderful trip! We were worn out be the end of the day. Hiking around the forest from one major temple to the next. We climbed four temples using wooden stairs each with about 140 to 200 stairs. We saw couti, agouti, spider monkeys, turkeys, and a grey fox.

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