To answer your question though – yes, the ruins are safe . Chichen Itza is a bit of a trek (3 hours drive each way) and being inland in the jungle, it can be extremely hot there. Tulum is much closer and the setting is spectacular (the ruins are on top of a cliff).
Located less than a two-hour drive from Guatemala City , Iximché was once the capital of the Kaqchikel Maya , and its magnificent ruins include ceremonial plazas, temples , and ball courts. Guatemala City tours often include a morning or afternoon trip to the ruins .
Visit Tikal Tikal National Park is open daily for visits from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Adult tickets for foreigners cost 150 GTQ (about $20 USD). Children under 12 can enter Tikal free of charge . Visiting Uaxactun costs an additional 50 GTQ.
Entrance Costs to the Tikal Mayan Ruins The cost of entrance to the Tikal Mayan ruins is 150Q, which is totally worth it . The PARK IS MASSIVE, so it’s well worth the money you pay.
Tulum is a must visit. The access fee is $35- 40 pesos (video cameras extra $30 pesos) and the visit timetable is 8 am to 5 pm, everyday. It is important to mention that it is necessary to park the your car at the shopping center’s parking lot (an extra $30 pesos fee) when arriving through the main ruins entrance.
4 Must – See Mayan Ruins in the Yucatan Peninsula. Ek Balam. Ek Balam is “new” to the list of must – see ancient Maya ruins to explore, archeologists having only begun restoration in 1997. Chichen Itza. Chichen Itza is perhaps the most popular of Mayan temples. Coba. Tulum.
By virtue of being a UNESCO site and a World Wonder, Chichen Itza is pretty crowded throughout the year. Especially more so during the equinoxes. If you wish to explore Mayan ruins in some peace, then Tulum is a better option. Even better , go to Ek Balam or Coba.
Locating the Maya Unlike other scattered indigenous populations of Mesoamerica, the Maya were centered in one geographical block covering all of the Yucatan Peninsula and modern-day Guatemala ; Belize and parts of the Mexican states of Tabasco and Chiapas and the western part of Honduras and El Salvador.
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Featuring majestic limestone pyramids that lie deep with the Peten jungle of northern Guatemala , the ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal are what is left of what was once one of the most powerful city states in the Americas, according to an article by David Roberts in “Smithsonian” magazine.
There is a lot of walking involved at Tikal as the ruins are quite spread out in the jungle so wear good shoes (not flip flops or sandals of any sort). I recommend wearing comfortable, lightweight, and loose fitting clothing as well.
As a visitor you are not only allowed to walk the Tikal Ruins, but are encouraged to climb them. While it is special to stand atop one of the major temples in the grand plaza, the Tikal Ruins are so expansive that you are able to walk through a much larger range of history.
You can get tickets at Banrural bank branches around Guatemala. They can be purchased up to 30 days in advance and are date-stamped once you pass the second gate (where you will receive a bracelet) into the park. There is also a Banrural at the main gates to Tikal that you can purchase your ticket at.