Gray Line Tours Guatemala, a member of Gray Line World Wide, is a full-service tour operator in Guatemala, offering an extensive line of travel services for visitors wishing to experience the best of the Heart of the Maya World. These services include airport transfers, half and one-day tours and excursions, hotel reservations, cruise excursions, VIP services, multi-day packages (shared and private departures) and much, much more.
You are picked up at your hotel early in the morning and transferred to the local airport to take your flight to Flores. Upon arrival at Mundo Maya Airport, you meet your local guide, an expert in the area, and are transferred to the Tikal archaeological site. Sometimes, your transfer is via the Island of Flores.Itinerary:
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 northern Guatemala.
During this tour, you have the opportunity to walk through the jungle and admire the many species of local flora and fauna. Discover the impressive splendor of Tikal, which means “place of voices.” The park, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979, spans 576 square km.
In addition to the main temples and plazas, there are several sites not to miss, like the Major Plaza of the Archaeological Park of Tikal, surrounded by impressive buildings such as Temples I and II, called the North and Central Acropolis. Also, there is a range of wakes and altars that play a part of the dynamic history of the Maya Civilization in Tikal.
The Temple of the Grand Jaguar (Temple I) and the Temple of the Masks (Temple II) loom like a pair of colossal bookends on opposite sides of the Great Plaza, a vast expanse ringed by terraces, palaces, and ball courts. Temple I rises some 50 meters above the plaza’s eastern end. A stone stairway leads up the pyramid’s nine tiers, corresponding to the nine levels of the Maya underworld. The central part of the ancient city alone contains 3,000 buildings and covers about 16 square kilometers. Tikal is also part of the one-million-hectare Maya Biosphere Reserve created in 1990 to protect the dense forests of the Petén.
At the end of the tour we have time for lunch (included).
Then, we return to Mundo Maya Airport in Flores to take our flight back to Guatemala City.
Upon arrival, you are transferred to your hotel.