Ranked as one of the most impressive of all Mayan sites and widely considered to be one of the wonders of the ancient world, Tikal is hard to rival, which is why it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Central America. Although home to Mayan communities from around 600BC, Tikal only rose to serious power around AD 300.
It was under King Jaguar Paw in the middle of the 4th century that Tikal became the dominant kingdom in the region. It is believed that by AD 500 the city covered more than 11 square miles and had a population close to 100,000. We recommend a sunrise tour, departing around 4am. It’s an unforgettable experience to watch the sun rise behind the mighty temples and listen whilst the jungle awakens.