Tikal is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centers of the Pre-Columbian Maya civilization. It is located in the archaeological region of the Petén Basin in what is now modern-day northern Guatemala. The site is part of Guatemala’s Tikal National Park and in 1979 was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The closest large modern settlements are Flores and Santa Elena, approximately 40 miles by road to the southwest.

Getting there

Now you might be saying,”What, Tikal is in Guatemala.” I know, but it is a huge destination and lots of people who come to San Ignacio want to see Tikal. The cheapest way to get there is to take a bus to Benque and cross the border. If you want to stay the night, head for Flores. You can camp outside Tikal, but it’s expensive and not so nice. From Flores it’s really easy to get there

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