My golden rule of travel is No Tours. I like being independent and making my own arrangements. I like guiding myself through an attraction at my own pace, with the freedom to dwell on something that captivates me, or to jet when I’m bored. The S.O. likes hiring our own car, which gives us even more freedom to explore where we want, when we want.
But we made an exception to our no-tour rule for our day trip to Tikal — mainly because we would have been crossing the Belize-Guatemala border in a rental car, which we didn’t want to fuss over.
And at the end of the day, we were both so surprisingly happy with the tour — our local guide gave us so much insight about Tikal and life in rural Guatemala, which we never would have learned on our own. Scroll through for some shots around Tikal National Park and some Tikal travel tips.
Temple IV is the only climbable temple on the site: