Tikal—- the city has been completely mapped and covers an area greater than 16 square kilometers (6.2 sq miles) that includes about
3,000 structures. The ruins lie among the tropical rain forests of northern Guatemala that formed the cradle of lowland Mayan civilization.
Tikal is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centers of the Pre-Columbian Mayan civilization. It is located in the archaeological region of the Peten basin in what is now northern Guatemala. Situated in the department of El Peten, the site is part of Guatemala’s Tikal national park and in 1979 it was declared a UNESCO world heritage site.
Tikal was the capital of a conquest state that became one of the most powerful kingdoms of the ancient Maya. Though monumental architecture at the site dates back as far as the 4th century B.C.
Regarding the wildlife, agouti, white-nosed coati, gray foxes, spider monkeys, howler monkeys, harpy eagles, falcons, ocellated turkeys, guans, toucans, green parrots can be seen regularly. Jaguars, jaguarundi and cougars are also said to roam in the park.
What To Bring
- Walking or hiking shoes
- Comfortable clothes
- Bug repellent
- Full day tour
- Leaving Blue Hole National Park around 5 a.m. and returning to Blue hole national park at 5 p.m
- This tour is led by experienced guides who provide interesting information on the Mayan ruins.
Note: Tours starts at Blue Hole National Park however transportation can also be arranged from/to the place you are staying