My wife and I visited Tikal on our recent trip to Belize in February 2013. We stayed in San Ignacio Cayo which is in Belize. We took a day tour with Cayo Adventure Tours who are based in San Ignacio Cayo Belize. It is very close from the Cayo to the border of Guatemala. The tour company takes care of all of the formalities of the border crossing. We just stood around and took pictures. On the Guatemala side of the border our tour company picked up a Guatemalan Guide. He was the one who showed us around Tikal. Our Belize guide and driver was Dora and our Guatemalan guide was Benny. These guides are great. You don't do a thing but enjoy. Tikal is cool in two ways. It is a very interesting Mayan site and there sure is plenty of stuff to climb. What was really interesting is that it was a wildlife tour as well. The Guatemalans have protected the Tikal area for eons. There is no hunting or poaching. There are animals are strolloing around everywhere. We saw turkeys, coatimundis, toucans, woodpeckers, humming birds, spider monkeys, hawks, and howler monkeys. On the way back they fed us lunch in Guatemala (very nice) and then took us back to the hotel. A full day trip. A nice stroll around amazing scenery while looking at great animals. The cost for the tour is very cheap and is worth every penny. These guides make their living this way and it was an honor to be their guests. Go enjoy.
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