Tikal Journals

Quick Trip to Tikal

An April 2003 trip to Tikal by KellySenn

Tikal National Park Photo, Tikal, Guatemala More Photos
Quote: From Belize, we took a 3-day trip over to Tikal, staying 1 night in Peten Itza and 1 night in Flores.

Quick Trip to Tikal

Overview

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This journal talks about Tikal and the surrounding towns of Flores and Peten Itza, places worthy of a visit on their own. Quick Tips: Best Way To Get Around: Getting there: Even for those coming to spend just one day in Tikal from Belize, I recommend staying at least 1 night in Flores. Flores itself is 40 miles from Tikal and is the best jumping-off point to the park with buses, tours, and taxis available to take you to the park's entrance. Your hotel can help you arrange any of these. To cross the border from Belize, it is best to hire a taxi to take you to the border from Cayo (San Ignacio) and then walk across the border, where you can hop on a chicken bus or in a taxi to take yo...Read More

Tikal National Park

Attraction | "Tikal"

Tikal National Park Photo, Tikal, Guatemala
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Tikal was one of the great cities of the Mayan empire. It was abandoned over 1,000 years ago and has become overgrown by jungle, painting a vivid picture of an advanced society's demise followed by the reclaiming of the land by nature. It is an awe-inspiring site. The Mayan empire was once the most developed civilization in the New World, before the Europeans arrived in North America. One of the details that makes this area so interesting is that no one has inhabited the area since... the ruins remain buried deep in the jungle, giving it an extra air of mystery and discovery. Until the mid-1800s, in fact, knowledge of their existence to Europeans and North Americans was limited to rumors. Tikal was in...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 19, 2006

Tikal National Park
Peten Basin
Tikal, Guatemala
+502 2367-2837

Lake Peten Itza

Attraction | "Town of Flores"

Lake Peten Itza Photo, Flores, Guatemala
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Flores is a picturesque\ town outside of the historic site of Tikal. A small island on Lake Peten Itza, Flores is an experience in itself. Filled with budget hotels (from $5 a night), great restaurants, and even better shopping, it is fun to explore and small enough that you can cover the whole town in just a few hours.

Leave some time (and money!) for shopping here: textiles are beautiful and often hand made. Hammocks, blankets, etc... are all beautiful and much cheaper than in Belize, due to the fact that they are all made in Guatemala.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 19, 2006

Lake Peten Itza

Flores, Guatemala

Lake Peten Itza

Hotel | "Town of Peten Itza"

Lake Peten Itza Photo, Flores, Guatemala
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On the way from Flores to Tikal, this very small village is the other option for where to stay when visiting Tikal.

Although VERY small, it is beautifully situated right on the edge of the lake, and has a few cute lodging options in addition to a few stores and restaurants worth checking out.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 19, 2006

Lake Peten Itza

Flores, Guatemala