Why should you get to Tikal early?
- Less Tourists
- Cooler Weather
- Mist is Awesome
Thought that this was going to be some exhaustive list with well-thought-out reasons on why it’s worth it to wake up at 4 am visit a site that will still be there at 10 am? Nope.
Look, no tourists!
But seriously, get there early. Your eyeballs (and if you are better at photography than I, your camera) will thank us.
Dollars and Sense
“Early Bird” Tikal Tour and Transport from Hostel Los Amigos- Q90Q + Q150 entrance fee (per person)
Lunch pre-prepared by the hostel- Q45 (per person)
TIP: If you want to see the sunrise you need to take the sunrise specific tour. We opted to not do the sunrise tour (which ARRIVES at Tikal at 4 am), which was a good decision since it would have been too cloudy to see anything anyway. Check the weather before you book.
TIP: There are tours that do not require you to wake up before daybreak, but it will be more crowded. That’s why we were glad we sucked it up and woke up early.
TIP: At almost $6 US the lunch prepared by Los Amigos is pretty overpriced for what you get, but the food we saw at Tikal was not any cheaper and if you are on an early morning tour your WILL want food before you get back to your hostel. You could pack a lunch ahead of time, but we don’t regret forking over our money for a pre-prepared, no-thought-required meal.