Visiting Tikal in Guatemala from Belize

Visiting Tikal in Guatemala from Belize

One of the most unique and awe-inspiring places to visit on the planet is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tikal. Located just over the border in Guatemala, anyone in Belize can easily visit and marvel at the amazing sights of Tikal and be back in Belize by nightfall. Roam Belize operates regular full-day tours to Tikal from popular Belize destinations like Dangriga, Hopkins, and Placencia.

Now located deep in the jungles of Tikal National Park, the city-state of Tikal was built more than 2,300 years ago by the surging Maya civilization that dominated all of Central America. During the Classic Period (200-900 AD) of Maya civilization, Tikal was the dominant economic, political, and military center, using its vast wealth to create enormous temples, pyramids, and buildings that continue to amaze modern-day visitors. For unknown reasons, the city was abandoned about 500 years ago and lost to the jungle until it was re-discovered in 1853.

The day tour operated by Roam Belize departs Placencia, Dangriga, Hopkins at either 6 AM or 7 AM depending on your destination. During the journey, participants will get the opportunity to learn more about the rich history of the Maya. After crossing the border, participants will get a chance to see real color in Guatemala, including the descendants of Maya who still wear traditional clothing.

Upon arriving the Guatemalan border, participants will be met by an expert Guatemalan tour guide who will lead the tour through the verdant jungle foliage, listening to the echoes of black howler monkeys and witnessing exotic birds like toucans and parrots. After exploring the main site at Tikal, participants will be treated to a delicious lunch and then head back to Belize, arriving back home around 7:00 PM.

The phenomenal architecture of Tikal, including temples measuring more than 150 feet (47 meters) in the air, are truly a sight to behold, especially considering that they were built without the use of wheels, modern machinery, or even animals more than 1,000 years ago.

No one is quite sure what the original name for Tikal was. Today, the site and surrounding national park is named for a Maya word meaning “at the waterhole” or perhaps “the place of voices/echoes” depending on the interpretation of local dialects. Archeologists continue to excavate the site, revealing at least 6 square miles (16 square km) and more than 3,000 buildings.

Visiting the soaring spires of this immense city should definitely be on everyone’s bucket list. Whether you want to visit Tikal as a separate experience or want to combine it with other tours in Belize, Roam Belize can ensure that you enjoy an amazing jungle adventure experience.

Questions about visitng Tikal Maya Ruins from Belize? Send us an email at info[@]roambelize.com. We’d love to help you plan your Belize adventure tours!


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