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Guatemala: Tikal

The Petén of northern Gualtemala is a vast lowland blanketed in dense tropical rainforest. Nowadays it’s sparsely inhabited but this was not the case in the past: the Mayan city of Tikal, which began its development before 250AD, grew to be a vast cultural, religious and commercial centre. Following its collapse (c. 900AD) its jungle remoteness kept it isolated until roads and airstrips brought it with reach in the late 20th century. With its surviving temple pyramids piercing the canopy, vast plazas, its wealth of carvings  and inscriptions and its location in the midst of a wild-life rich national park it is now one of the continent’s most impressive cultural monuments.

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Things to do in Tikal

Visit the Ruins of Yaxhá

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Visit Tikal

Visit Tikal, ruined Mayan city


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Our guide at Tikal was as enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the flora and fauna of the area as he was about  Mayan history. His English was very good, his style relaxed and his humor engaging. Tikal itself covers a large area so walking around it can take some time. The central plaza is magical with temples at either end and trees heavily laden with the nests of oropendola birds in the middle. Expect to see the odd howler and spider monkey too. This is a mecca for wildlife-enthusiasts.  

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