Tikal National Park Featured Among “The 24 Best Places to Visit in 2024”

International travel magazine highlighted Guatemala as the home of the Mayan ruins in the jungle.

by Victor Cojulún

Guatemala City, by Jenny Herrera -AGN- The prestigious Condé Nast Traveler magazine highlighted the astonishing beauty of  Tikal National Park in its article “The 24 Best Places to Visit in 2024.”

Condé Nast Traveler labeled Guatemala as the home of Mayan ruins surrounded by the jungle. Its combination of rich Mayan and colonial history is stunning in its beauty and scenery.

The Guatemalan tourism industry is expanding to reap benefits from restaurants, hotels, and tours that invite visitors to explore all of Guatemala.


Tikal is a Guatemalan icon and was the first Cultural and Natural Heritage of Humanity in Guatemala, recognized by UNESCO in 1979.

Tikal National Park is a vast ecological area of interest to Guatemalans and foreigners. It is located in the north of Guatemala in the Petén department, 484 kilometers from Guatemala City. It covers an area of 575.83 square kilometers.

Tikal showcases Guatemala’s most exquisite cultural and natural heritage. The Mayan city holds great natural importance due to its diverse flora and fauna and cultural influence as a reminder of the impressive Mayan culture.


In 1979, Tikal was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is currently the most visited and well-known tourist destination in Guatemala and Central America and one of the most admired scenic attractions globally. It was the first site recognized by UNESCO under the Mixed Heritage: Cultural and Natural of Humanity category.

Activities for the Public

Tikal’s archaeological zone has attractive squares and temples. Tourists can enjoy tourism, research, education, observing fauna and flora, visiting the ancient Mayan city of Tikal, and archaeological sites in the surrounding area. Contemporary religious ceremonies of Mayan culture are also held within the park’s limits.

Fees and Hours

The public opening hours are from 6:00 to 18:00 from Monday to Sunday. Extraordinary hours include the sunrise tour from 4:00 to 6:00 and the sunset tour from 18:00 to 20:00. The entrance fee to Tikal National Park for foreigners is USD 20, and national tourists pay USD 3.50.

Other Information 

According to information from the magazine, in December 2023, a new air service will begin from Los Angeles to Guatemala City. The growing interest in these destinations has resulted in Delta Airlines offering flights to Guatemala.

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