A comprehensive travel guide to help you plan your trip to the ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal.

A comprehensive travel guide to help you plan your trip to the ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal.

Do This, Not That // Tips for making the most of (and surviving) your day trip to Tikal National Park in Peten, Guatemala. Tikal makes the perfect day trip from Belize and is an incredible presentation of ancient Mayan ruins amid wildlife and passionate locals.

Do This, Not That // Tips for making the most of (and surviving) your day trip to Tikal National Park in Peten, Guatemala. Tikal makes the perfect day trip from Belize and is an incredible presentation of ancient Mayan ruins amid wildlife and passionate locals.

Tikal at sunset. Such a great trip with my dad.

Tikal at sunset. Such a great trip with my dad.

Grand Jaguar Pyramid at Tikal mayan ruins, Guatemala (by rodolfo obando).

Grand Jaguar Pyramid at Tikal mayan ruins, Guatemala (by rodolfo obando).

Tikal, Guatemala

Tikal, Guatemala

GUATEMALA Tikal Guatemala - Founded in 200 B.C., it emerged as a regional superpower that dominated other city-states stretching from the Yucatán Peninsula to western Honduras. Tikal's reign abruptly ended when, for unknown reasons, the Mayans abandoned the city in A.D. 900. Enveloped by jungle, it would not be rediscovered until 1848. Since then, only 15 percent of the site has been excavated.

GUATEMALA Tikal Guatemala - Founded in 200 B.C., it emerged as a regional superpower that dominated other city-states stretching from the Yucatán Peninsula to western Honduras. Tikal's reign abruptly ended when, for unknown reasons, the Mayans abandoned the city in A.D. 900. Enveloped by jungle, it would not be rediscovered until 1848. Since then, only 15 percent of the site has been excavated.

The Mayan City of Tikal. One of the most amazing places in the world.

The Mayan City of Tikal. One of the most amazing places in the world.

Do This, Not That // Day Trip to Tikal in Guatemala (as part of your Belize vacation). All the dos and don'ts you need to make the most out of this Central American day trip.

Do This, Not That // Day Trip to Tikal in Guatemala (as part of your Belize vacation). All the dos and don'ts you need to make the most out of this Central American day trip.

Tikal, Guatemala - mystical - nothing quite like it. It needs to be on everyone's bucket list.

Tikal, Guatemala - mystical - nothing quite like it. It needs to be on everyone's bucket list.

Escadas do Templo de Tikal são muito verticais. Departamento de El Petén, Guatemala.  Fotografia: yuyu418 no Flickr.

Escadas do Templo de Tikal são muito verticais. Departamento de El Petén, Guatemala. Fotografia: yuyu418 no Flickr.

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