Tikal National Park

The city represents an ancient capital that dominated a vast territory during the Classic period. The name of Tikal means City of Voices. The Tikal National Park was created in 1955 with an area of 575.86 km² (55,005 ha).

Tikal is known by the monumentality of its buildings, with a continuous occupation of 1,500 years (from 600 B.C. to 900 A.D.), during which time it played a leading role in the social and political organization of the lowlands. Tikal is one of the maximum exponents of the traditional architectural style of the Central Maya lowlands, displaying exquisite examples of temples in the form of stepped pyramids such as, the Great Jaguar (Temple I), the Temple of the Masks (Temple II), the Temple of the Bicephalous Serpent (Temple IV) and the Temple of the Inscriptions (Temple VI), as well as squares, the Lost World Complex, , the Twin Pyramids Complex, ball games, a vast collection of carved monuments, and a large number of sites around it.

Tikal presents a long historical sequence told in its steles and altars with a direct succession of the royal dynasty. Due to its cultural and natural wealth of exceptional universal value, in 1979 it was declared by UNESCO as the first Cultural and Natural World Heritage Site, with a significant sample of humid subtropical forest, habitat of numerous species of flora and fauna.

Currently, Tikal is one of the most important tourist destinations in Guatemala, and one of the most interesting sites for birdwatchers.

The ancient Mayan city of Tikal, located in the municipality of Flores, department of Petén, is the largest pre-Hispanic settlement in Guatemala, which population could have reached 100,000 inhabitants during its heyday. Tikal has around 5,000 pre-Hispanic buildings in an area of approximately 16 km², of which only 5% is restored and enabled for visitation.



Due to its towering volcanoes and majestic lakes, Nicaragua truly deserves the descriptive nickname of “The Land of Lakes and Volcanoes.”
Read more


Guatemala can be as diverse as you want it to be for your next vacation. From its beaches in the Caribbean coast, to the surf of the Pacific, its mountainous interior, Mayan culture and ruins to its charming colonial towns and heritage and not to mention a culinary scene waiting to be discovered.
Read more


Welcome to Belize in the north of Central America, untamed and pristine nature is waiting to be discovered. Belize offers the best of both worlds; you can jump into the Caribbean Sea and experience some of the best beaches in the world or explore the untamed jungles of Central America. Belize is small, but it is packed with islands, culture and adventure.
Read more


Honduras truly is an overlooked and hidden gem in Central America. Discover the white sand beaches of the Caribbean Sea, bordered by world's second-largest barrier reef. Here you will find amazing islands, including the famous beaches and island life of Roatán.
Read more

Plan YOUR visit

© 2020 SECRET CENTRAL AMERICA | Legal Terms and Privacy Policy  
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram