Beautiful island capital and the jungle-clad pinnacle of Mayan ruins.
Many Tikal-bound backpackers opt for the small lakeside hotels and restaurants at Flores. It's hugely picturesque and you don't have to spend a lot of money to get awesome views. At Tikal the ceremonial center set deep in lush jungle is, for many, the most impressive Mayan site.
Vast, sparsely populated and jungle-covered, Tikal in Guatemala's largest department, El Petén, is ripe for further exploration. Two things stand out about this region - the well-preserved (and often unrestored) archaeological sites and the abundance of wildlife that inhabits the jungle.