From many places in Guatemala, one of the most popular places that visitors must visit is the Tikal National Park. This is one of the parks in Guatemala that is categorized as one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites. Therefore, when you visit this park, visitors will not only see many ancient structures but also learn many things about the history of Guatemala. To get the best here is an ultimate guide to help you out:
1. Learn a Brief Background
To get the best trip and know which construction to see, visitors should learn a bit about the history of Tikal. Today, this area is an extensive archeological site in Guatemala, however, before that, it was a major city of the Mayans. However, if you have a hard time learning the history or background of this site, you can always hire a guide to help you through your travels.
2. Best Time to Come
It is important to know that Guatemala has two main seasons throughout the year, the rainy and the dry season. Normally, the rain comes from May to October and the rain can last for hours every day. On the other hand, the dry season is usually in April and May. In contrast to the rainy seasons, the dry season is the hottest moment of the year, so make sure to bring some sun cream with you.
As for the crowd, the peak season in Guatemala is from December until March. Normally during these months, the country is full of visitors, therefore the price is a bit more expensive. So, if you don’t want to get too crowded then it is best to come to Tikal at the end of March when it is not too crowded and the weather is changing between rainy and dry seasons.
3. Length of the Visit
Even though the park is very large, people can explore the entire park in a day. If you want to see every site inside the park, then try to come early at 4:00 AM. At this time, you can see the sunrise and see the temples in a different view. However, if you are not on the sunrise tour, then you can start exploring the park starting from 06:00 AM until 05:00 PM.
4. Entrance Fee
To enter the park, people will have to pay around 150 GTQ or around USD 20. Remember that this is the general entrance fee. Therefore if you join the sunrise tour, you’ll have to pay an additional fee of around 250 GTQ or USD 33. The payment they receive is only cash, so make sure to bring some fresh cash with you.
5. Transportation to Tikal
As one of the main attractions in Guatemala, the government provides easy transportation to get here. If you are from the town of Flores, then ride the chicken bus that is scheduled from 03.30 AM until 05.30 PM. However, if you want an easier option, then joining a tour is the best solution.
Now by knowing this important information about the site, you can have the best trip in Tikal. You can choose whether to join a tour or not and visit the sites you like. Don’t forget to also wear comfortable shoes and clothing to make your trip even better!