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

By Belize Family Adventure
Recommended by 93% of travelers
93% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
Round-trip coach transfers make it possible to visit Tikal on a day trip from Belize without booking a hotel room in Guatemala. After an early departure from San Ignacio, you’ll be on your way to the magnificent Tikal National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with fascinating history. A guided tour of Tikal explores the site’s secrets, then you’ll have time to explore the ancient Maya city on your own.
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Ages 2-99, max of 25 per group
Duration: 9h 30m
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English, Spanish
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Highlights
  • Cross the border to Guatemala with help from the guide
  • Coordinated transport and tour make the most of your time
  • Enjoy a provided lunch within Tikal National Park
  • Convenient pickup and drop-off at San Ignacio hotels

  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off within San Ignacio town limits
  • Lunch
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Departure tax fee (US$ 19 per person, due on day of travel)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off outside San Ignacio town limits


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • 43 Burns Avenue, San Ignacio, Belize
    Unit 2
Pickup details
  • We provide complimentary pick up from hotels within San Ignacio town limits, for hotels outside of town, a small surcharge applies.
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Infants must sit on laps
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6219TIKAL

      • 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
      • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
      • 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
      • 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
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6219TIKAL

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      KSOMacon
      Macon50 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      May 2022
      Tikal was great, our driver Marconi and guide Christian were great, and lunch was great. I would not recommend this tour, however, because it was just too much hassle getting across the border twice. We waited in line for half an hour to pay our $80 for 4 people to get approved to leave Belize. Then we waited in line to fill out Covid paperwork and get approved to enter Guatamala. On the way back it was much worse because we did not have proof of Belize insurance. How we got into the country without it when flying into Belize City 3 days prior I do not know. I had to fill out extensive forms for 4 people using my cell phone and pay another $72 to be allowed back into Belize. The border is an unpleasant place to spend 2 hours of your vacation. The added expense made this quite an expensive day. The ruins were interesting, but not worth the stress of running the bureaucratic gauntlet between countries.
      Written May 27, 2022
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      Jessica K
      1 contribution
      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dec 2023 • Couples
      We m, as many others tourist travel miles and miles to tour Tikal. We decided to pay extra for a private tour - to learn more information, ask more questions about the Mayan Traditions of Tikal. We unfortunately did not have a great experience. We were so excited, but our guide once we went through customs to Guatemala was not very engaging, we thought by purchasing a private tour we would receive an enhanced experience, for us this was not the case. We understand sometimes people don’t connect, and tour guides have bad days. We tried to give the guide the benefit of a doubt, but we saw other guides being so much fun and giving great information. We should have just chosen the tour with other people and not spent an extra $200 w a tip. We tipped well, because we believe in doing what’s right. Don’t take the private tour, it’s better to go with others.
      Written December 28, 2023
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      Lynne W
      Fairfield8 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2020
      Our team made our crossing into Guatemala seamless. Pick up at our river side cabanas and taken to the border to meet our Guatemala guide. Guide and Tikal guide were flexible in adjusting to our groups needs as some of us could climb alot and some were more limited. Lunch was pre-ordered which was really nice to have ready upon our arrival. Guides were knowledgeable of the mayans, some of whom continue to come to the site to worship. We were fortunate to see a ceremony while we were there.
      Written February 11, 2020
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      cgmacd
      West Bloomfield, MI9 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dec 2019
      We loved visiting Tikal! The ride to get there is a little long but we enjoyed the scenery and learning about the area from our Guatemalan guide. Even walking through security and across the border was interesting! We stopped at a local gift shop where our guide showed us a miniature scale layout of Tikal which really helped to give us a frame of reference while at the site as it is so big. Our guide was great in taking us on several side paths and away from the crowds. We were able to see birds and spider monkeys on a couple of occasions. We also learned about the Mayan civilization, the archaeological restoration of the site, and climbed several of the temples as allowed. Overall a great experience! I wouldn't hesitate to book with Belize Family Adventure again.
      Written January 3, 2020
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      Ernie and Diana
      Phoenix11 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2020
      We had a great guide Yumi who was so personable and knowlegeable. The tour was exceptional. We had a total of 12 people on this tour (all 10 people besides us were fun & insteresting) and she remembered each one of us by name instantly. Lunch was provided and was excellent. The day was packed full of Myan history. All in all this tour was one of our favorites.
      Written February 12, 2020
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      J M
      Santa Monica, CA22 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      An incredible experience! We went during the off-season so it was just the two of us. We were picked up from our hotel in the city and driven to the border. We were give the opportunity to exchange our money for Guatemalan money and were given clear instructions on how to cross over. Our Guatemalan guide, Maricela (I believe this was her name) met us on the other side and then drove us to the ruins. She was very well informed and we got a ton of information about the Mayans. We had ample time to explore the site and climb to the top of the ruins. The lunch was at a restaurant just outside of the national park and it was delicious! We were both really full and tired afterwards. They had water and cool towels for after. It was a wonderful experience, highly recommend
      Written October 23, 2022
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      Marty M
      Woburn, MA18 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dec 2023 • Family
      Fun trip to a one-of-kind location. It is an all-day trip. We left San Ignacio at 7am and returned at 6:30pm. The border crossing into Guatemala costs $20 each and took about an hour. The drive to Tikal takes about 2 hours with a couple of stops for breakfast and snacks/gifts. Our guide was terrific and we enjoyed walking around Tikal. Bring water/drinks because it is hot and humid and there is a lot of walking and climbing (if you want to climb the temples.
      Written January 13, 2024
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      Kathryn T
      Pinehurst, NC114 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Apr 2022
      Fantastic experience! Great tour guide, outstanding driver, nice lunch. Tikal is a phenomenal Maya site. Truly an extraordinary experience and worth the day!We were staying in Belize so drivers and guides helped walk us through the passport process both coming and going on both sides of the border. Be. Prepared to show your passport, vaccination cards and, upon return, proof of Belizean Insurance or you will have to buy it.

      Our guide was very knowledgeable, personable and we enjoyed the towns and places he showed us on the way as well. I wish I had purchased something at the shop we stopped at which also had a great replica of what Tikal looked like, There really are not many places to get good local artisan ry and this had the best we saw as it turns out.

      The tour was just my husband and myself, the SUV was spotless, we felt completely safe and at ease.

      Do bring water! It was 100 Fahrenheit before heat index of 108. We wore lightweight long sleeves and sprayed our clothes with Pirmithin before packing, also used rug-in DEET as some mosquitos carry diseases we really did not want. A sweat rag (bandana) is a great idea, along with a light weight sun hat with brim. You can buy drinks at a few locations. You will walk about 6 miles in the jungle, but a good lunch awaits complete with ice cold towel for hands, face and back of neck!
      Written April 25, 2022
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      anthony S
      4 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2024 • Friends
      I've taken guided tours of ancient ruins all over the would and our tour guide Antonio was absolutely, hands down the best. He brought Tikal to life with vivid descriptions of Maya society and it's inner workings. I would highly recommend not missing this tour with Antonio. And the lunch was great.
      Written February 27, 2024
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      Jamie K
      13 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Aug 2023 • Solo
      Tikal is an enormous Mayan City and this tour brings you to the must see and experience highlights, after you’ve learned the rich history and stories from incredible Guatemalan Guides.
      We were luck to spend our day with Willy, who is a genuinely amazing human and Mayan tour guide.
      Pick up and drop off around the borders was very straight forward. Lunch was incredible (really!) and the stop at the souvenir shop was actually a value add as it had a large 3D map of Tikal grounds to study and, really great free coffee.
      Bonus: you (can) see lots of native animals on the tour too!

      Pro Tips:
      Eat breakfast, bring a snack, bring water, bring a pen. You only need $20 US to cross the Belize border.
      Written August 3, 2023
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