iOverlander is a volunteer run, nonprofit project. Please consider a small donation to help cover our expenses. Learn more.
Campground right at the entrance to Tikal. 50 Q per person. Camping area with Palapa on every pitch. Shower and toilet, but had little water (cold) and light did not work. Common area with sink for dishes and washing near the bathrooms. Restaurants nearby.
BE CAREFUL with the powerplant in the left corner, close to the palapas. It operated from 5.30 to 9pm, and in the morning started at 6.30am... not very authentic for a National Park and UNESCO site.
Why? By checking in after you’ve visited a place you let others know this place is still functional. You can also add or correct any information.
Slept very well. Very quiet. Lots of greens. Highly recommended if you want to be the first one to arrive at the ruins at 6AM since if you park outside the entrance, the next morning you still have a 20min drive to the entrance of the ruins (plus another 30min walk from the ticket check point to the ruins) We we’re the first one to arrive and we had the ruins all to ourselves until 7AM.
Regarding the campground. Campground with basic facilities. Bathroom and showers in okishhh conditions open from 6PM to 6:30AM but you can request the security guard, Noe, to open it if you need it outside that range of hours.Report Check-In
Adding some valuable info:
You can get tickets online and pay with your international card without any fees. So if you forgot to get camping, museum, or you wanna drive to Uaxactún, just go to the website below, pay and printscreen/save your order number and show the booth guys to get your bracelet.
WIFI FREE AT THE MAIN RESTAURANT, just ask gently if it changes (passwrd is codex2022@)
Nice area, but: Generator until 9:30 pm and from 6:30. No light in bathrooms and toilet. Monkey madr noise at 0:30 am.Report Check-In
nice spot, a lot of space. better than the Restaurant across the streetReport Check-In
It is a shame...50 QpP for just stay there...no light on the toilet, they worked exactly once and then were closed. What do they do with the money? For sure not invest in infrastructure. Better go to Jaguar Inn.Report Check-In
Mixed feelings about this place. It’s perfect to have an early morning visit of Tikal. Went in at 6am next day and it was great, but 150q/p entrance and 50q/p camping. They close the toilets at night and we were even asked if we have a toilet in our van, because they close the toilets and otherwise you are technically not allowed to stay. Really weird. Next time we would probably try the jaguar inn.
No cellservice and you have to buy the tickets at the entrance of the road some kilometers before this place. Bring your ID ;)
If you have any questions or want to see photos:
Just a soccer field to sleep with cold shower and toilet
Bob en cavale Yt & IGReport Check-In
I was very disappointed about the night here. we went here to be in the Tikal site early and to ear, see animals but... generator is really load until 10pm and start again at 6am. toilets were closed all the time we were there. and it's 50qz/pers, very expensive for Guatemala and what you get.Report Check-In
150Q per person and 50Q per person to camp.
You have to pay everything at the first entrance before driving to the campground.
After 3pm, the ticket will be automatically for the next day.
Bring cash (quetzal or usd) and an ID to buy the ticket.
Nice spot. 50Q/night/adult. Kids under 10 free.
Be careful to buy your tickets at the main entrance. Impossible to buy it on the site.
Toilets and shower little destroyed but fine. No wifi.Report Check-In
stayed for one night before visiting the ruins the next morning. had dinner at the Jaguar Inn opposite from the parking spot and used their wifi.
quiet night, even tho 50 q seems a bit pricey, but well it’s one of the best known attractions in Guatemala…
Large grassy place, more or less even, slippery after rain. Some palapas. Showers and toilets basic but clean, if they are closed, the camping place guy will open them on request (they close the facilities during the day because they are for campers only, but daytime tourists also use them and leave them behind dirty). Generator was in use in the evening and in the morning, but that didn’t disturb us. We were they only campers and enjoyed it. Lots of birds, Coatis and Agoutis, starry sky. You need to pay for everything at the Park main entrance and then go to the entrance of the archeological site to get your wrist band for camping.Report Check-In
about bathroom. no toilet paper. no light. no lock on shower and toilet Doors. closed between 9am and 3pm. very dirtyReport Check-In
We loved this spot. It's so quiet and peaceful and closest to the entrance of Tikal. We get up early and went to the pyramids at 6 o'clock. We where the only ones and enjoyed that so much! You have to pay the entrance 150 qz and 50 qz for camping in cash at the entrance gate 15 km befor the side. Don't drive quicker then 45kmh, otherwise you will get a fine and you will may miss seeing some animales. There are different restaurants around, all have wifi, no elictricity, water or dump at sight but there are restrooms. Didn't checked them out. Enjoyed also the wildlife around.Report Check-In
As described.. Nothing special but a fine place to stay over before going to the ruins early in the morning.. had to go to the Jungle Lodge for WiFi, which was free but super slow.. no phone service at all in the park until you climb up one of the pyramids ;)
Reading the other entries now I wish I’d gone up to Uaxactun!Report Check-In
Same spot as “Camping in Tikal” point. There are only 2 choices:
- Jaguar inn, where even the owner told us their internet sucked and where you basically park in a very small gravel parking lot (no difference from sleeping before the entrance of the park - except you pay 50Q/p) and where minibuses enter all the time to pickup or drop tourists groups...
- Tikal Campground, large grassy area and calm where you can have your space and play with your kids (weren’t bothered at all by noise of the electric power station)
We took eyes closed the second option and went back to the entrance to pay the campground.
If you want internet just go have a soda or coffee to the restaurant, wifi is pretty good and you get 2h for free. Probably it’s even on at nights and don’t need password
Nice, grassy campground. Good for visiting the archeological sites. Very quiet.Report Check-In
40 characters instead of deleting this post.Report Check-In
Huge grassy field at the entrance of Tikal ruins.
Incredibly quiet after 6pm. Saw parrots and coatis in the camping ground
Toilets for the campers open after 6 pm. If you want to use them earlier have to ask the guard.
Perfect place to visit the ruins before the tourist buses arrive.
Stayed 2 nights.
Don't forget to pay for the camping at he entrance of the park 17 km before the ruins ...
Good spot to camp 50/pp. Place for parking all manner of vehicles. Showers and bathrooms are clean, but water is cold. Miguel the groundskeeper will lock up your bags in his shed while you are touring the ruins. Free WiFi at the cafe next to the museumReport Check-In
Camping right next to Ruins. 50 Q per night. you can camp inside the hut for shelter. Prepare insect repellent.Report Check-In
The mayan ruins are awesome, will look into the camping tonightReport Check-In
If you want to camp there, you don't need the ticket for the NP. But you have to buy the ticket for the NP at the first gate about 18 km before.
The conditions for the park entrance have changed at the end of March 2017 : it is valid for 1 day and not for the afternoon before.
Showers and toilets were closed in the morning.
We do not recommend this place.
It is very expensive for what you get: No electricity, no water, cold basic showers, no internet.
The advantage is to be in the park, but it is SO noisy as the powerplant for the Jaguar Inn is right on the left hand corner... close to the palapas. They operate from 5.30 to 9pm and in the morning starting at 6.30am... you cannot here any animals during this time... and its louder than staying parked along a highway
We were disappointed. Do NOT park to your left where the palapas are. The generator for Jaguar Inn is located there and they will operate it until 9pm or later and in the morning starting at 6.30am. 50Q/person is too much money for no electricity, no internet, no water and a noisy environment.
Showers very basic and cold.
Paid 50Q per person. Parked our van in a wide open field. Bathrooms clean with toilet seats and cold water showers. No lights so dark at night.Report Check-In
We made the fault to stay at the official campground instead of camping at the Hotel Jaguar. The price is the same but you don't get the good showers and the wifi. The guy who is responsible for the campground was drunk and the restrooms were closed, when we arrived. Go to JaguarReport Check-In
Good facilities for visiting the ruins! Our experience with the sunrise tour was pretty terrible. Probability of seeing sunrise is minimal, lots of people there at top of temple 4 being pretty loud, and on top they charge you for guide and then for a separate pre-6am ticket, on top of normal entrance. Ended up just feeling ripped off and it negatively impacted our experience at Tikal. Just go at 6am on your own (or with guide if you prefer), park was still pretty empty at 6am. Another tip- Drive in after 4pm and before 6pm in order to avoid paying an extra days park entrance feeReport Check-In
Large grassy field, palapas, flush toilets and cold showers, 50 Q p.P. per night.Report Check-In
Campground right at the entrance to Tikal. 50 Q per person. Common area with sink for dishes and washing near the bathrooms. Restaurants near by. No lights in bathroom, bring flashlight at night.Report Check-In
campground facility in the ruins, but offers nothing locally.
Price: $ 13.00Report Check-In
Cute Camping with Palapa on every pitch. Shower and toilet clean, but had little water (cold) and light did not work. 50QZ/Person/night. Good starting point for the ruins or visit Sunrisetour.
It should not come in here before 16 o'clock, or pay for 2 day admission to Tikal Park! For the Sunrisetour you have the best looking for a guide right at the large parking lot in front of the camping at the information booths. We have 50QZ/Person (40 at the end because we were 5!) He paid in order for us to pyramid at 4 o'clock in the morning leads. With 2-3h leadership it would have been 100QZ. When Jaguar Inn vis-a-vis it 25USD/Person! When you have to park early in the morning around 4am again shell out 100QZ/Person!
For the sunset or even a full moon you have to ask at the information desk. Apparently you can make at no extra cost ...
Dogs absolutely not allowed, it was difficult to hide them from the ever reciprocating guards!
Large grassy field behind the museum with palapas and tents available to rent. Bathrooms with showers, no electricity, no wifi.
Price: 50Q/person ($6.29)Report Check-In
Camping on meadow, quiet. Toilets and showers available. Water tank can be filled limited. 100 Quetzal / night 150 Quatzal / person park entrance
In the National ParkReport Check-In
Huge grassy field right next to the parking lot of the archeological site. New and shady palapas at sites. Very clean area. Clean bathrooms, cold showers. Fee can be paid either at the ticket office or the campsite Guardian (who spends the whole night in the area).
(50 Quetzal / person)Report Check-In