Tikal, Guatemala, the location of one of the largest Mayan pyramid sites in Central America, invites you to explore the ancient mysteries of the Mayan civilization.
Follow the trails through the jungle on your own or with a guide. Expect to be greeted by inhabitants of the jungle, such as spider monkeys and coatimundi. Eventually you will come upon the tall temples and pyramids rising above the lush green canopy of the forest. Punctuating this lofty verdant carpet will be the tops of four other temples, each one containing its own hidden mysteries.
Guatemala’s treasured culture and nature preserve, Tikal National Park, covers 575 square KM’s, making this preserve the largest archaeological site on the American continent. Educational tours are available if you want to explore the ruins in-depth and gain valuable insights into the Mayan civilization.
Some visitors rise early to view the stunning sunrise from atop a pyramid or remain late into the day to experience the equally breathtaking sunset. Whether or not you are among these hardy adventurers, your visit to Tikal will leave you with enchanting memories that will never be forgotten! Contact BFirst Travel now to organise a trip to this amazing destination and for the experience that only the locals know!
The Tikal Ruins
Located in northern Guatemala, the Tikal ruins are one of the largest examples of pre-Columbian Maya civilization ever discovered. With more than 4,000 structures dating as far back as 800 B.C, the area was declared a World Culture Heritage Site in 1979 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
In 1979, the government of Guatemala created Tikal National Park which covers more than 220 square miles and encompasses all of the ruins as well as providing a refuge for a variety of native wildlife including the seldom seen jaguar. Visitors to the park will also enjoy the abundance of tropical flowers and exotic vegetation found in this area.
As one of the most important archaeological sites in Central America, the Tikal ruins feature a variety of structures including palaces, temples, ceremonial platforms, and many other buildings. It is believed that the ancient Maya began construction of Tikal around 600 B.C. and the area was a center of religion and politics for the next 1500 years. One of the most spectacular structures in Tikal is known as the Great Plaza which is surrounded by ceremonial buildings, altars, and flanked on opposite sides by two massive temples. Another key structure is the Temple of the Double-Headed Serpent which, at 212 feet, is the tallest of the Tikal buildings. Archaeologists from around the world continue to explore Tikal, learning more everyday about Mayan culture and uncovering evidence showing how these structures were used.
The nearby town of Flores is a popular starting point for travelers wanting to explore Tikal. The main part of the town is situated on an island on Lake Petén Itzá, and is a charming and peaceful town which has delighted visitors for years. While staying in Flores, there are many activities to suit just about every traveler including exploring the lake by boat, taking canopy tours of rainforest, and visiting the bustling city markets. Travelers will also find good quality hotels and restaurants, as well as several museum and cultural centers worth visiting. There are several restaurants which offer Guatemalan cuisine as well as international dishes, and visitors will find plenty of spots perfect for relaxing with a cool drink.
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