Tikal Campground | Established Campground

Guatemala

Details

Verified:
26 days ago
Altitude:
224.0 masl
Website:
None
Phone:
None
Contributor:
Song of the Road

Amenities

Electricity:
Yes - Not at Sites
Wifi:
No
Kitchen:
No
Restaurant:
Yes
Showers:
Cold
Water:
Non-Potable
Toilets:
Running Water
Big Rig Friendly:
Yes
Tent Friendly:
Yes
Pet Friendly:
No
Sanitation Dump Station:
No

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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.

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Very nice grassy area surrounded by trees. We viewed some birds. Very quiet all day long. New and clean showers. The 50Q per person (older than 10) have to be paid at the park entrance. Tikal entries baught after 4pm are valid for the next day.

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we enjoyed our stay here and think it's worth the 50q pppn. went in at 6am directly to templo2 and saw a perfect sunrise over templo1, afterwards at the lost city you can see a lot of tucans, parrots and many more birds. absolutely great. we went back before all the tourists came, but we went in again at around 3pm when most tourists have already left. you will then have a different light and I definitely recommend a second round.
great, clean showers and toilets. very new.

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Palapas with concrete base, cleared section of land, cold showers, restaurants within minutes, power at the caretakers cabin if you ask, flush toilets with seats! Stayed two nights on a moto. YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/c/MontysMotoAdventures
Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/montysmotoadventures/

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Stay here for one night befor entering Tikal. Everything was good. New Showers and Toilets. Price for camping 50q per Person. We saw monkeys and a lot of birds directly at the van.
Early in the morning at 6, the atmosphere in Tikal is indescribably with all the animals. Around midday it got too hot for us. By the way, you rarely have sun here in the morning.

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I can recommend camping here - lots of wildlife directly at the campsite (toucans, monkeys,...) and seeing the ruins at 6am is great. They also have now really nice new flush toilets and showers (did not try). still 50gtq

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Compared to other campsites in Guatemala completely overpriced with Q50 per person and night for what you get! The campsite was super muddy because of the rainfall in the last 2 weeks. We were afraid that we could get stuck, but we were not allowed to stand in the parking lot next to it, we had to go to the mud meadow. But at least the keeper of the camp ground was welcoming and helped us with a lot close to the road so we did not have to drive through the worst parts. The toilet / shower facilities are closed during the day, you have to ask the campsite keeper every time, at night he leaves them open.
To see Tikal as early as possible in the morning (from 6am) it's ideal, less than a 5-minute walk from the entrance. Sunrise and sunset visit only possible with a tour, which costs another Q100 per person - we were told.

IG: compasschronicle

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This is a perfect spot to camp if you want to visit Tikal early in the morning. We entered Tikal 6.30 AM and were the only ones there. Magical! We saw other tourists around 9 AM. We left our van at the campground while we visited Tikal. As we got back we cooked lunch and took a shower. Perfect. The old bathroom house is not pretty but there was water in the shower to wash yourself so cannot complain. New bathroom building is being built. There was a crocodile at the campground early in the morning.

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http://boletos.culturaguate.com/
you can book all Tickets in advance online 2,3% fee foreign creditcart
we booked at maingate only 1 night, but it is so amazing, we book the second night online
they build a New shower house, ready in Dezember 2023, the old one no Light and not clean, the key is by the host, no problem anytime
the huge meadow is muddy if is rainy, be careful, 50QpP, Dschungel, many birds

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As described. We were the only ones camping there and we parked towards the middle/right site of the grounds and didn't feel bothered by the generator at all. We had a wonderful and quiet night. Right at 6am we were at the entrance/check-point gate and started our tour of Tikal - perfect!

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Nice and big place to camp with a tent, RV or hammock. Toilets and showers were closed, you need to find the keeper to open it. Lot of animals around this place: coatis, toucan, agouti, mosquito and we heard howler monkey around 1AM.
BUT: a generator is running until 10PM and there are lot of sandflies! This last point was terrible!

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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.

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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.

boletos.culturaguate.com

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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.

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nice spot, a lot of space. better than the Restaurant across the street

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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.

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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:
IG: freetgoesworld

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Just a soccer field to sleep with cold shower and toilet

Bob en cavale Yt & IG

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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about bathroom. no toilet paper. no light. no lock on shower and toilet Doors. closed between 9am and 3pm. very dirty

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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.

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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!

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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

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Nice, grassy campground. Good for visiting the archeological sites. Very quiet.

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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 ...

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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 museum

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Camping right next to Ruins. 50 Q per night. you can camp inside the hut for shelter. Prepare insect repellent.

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The mayan ruins are awesome, will look into the camping tonight

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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 Jaguar

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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 fee

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Large grassy field, palapas, flush toilets and cold showers, 50 Q p.P. per night.

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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.

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campground facility in the ruins, but offers nothing locally.

Price: $ 13.00

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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!

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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)

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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 Park

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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)

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