Tikal National Park
In the heart of the jungle, surrounded by lush vegetation, lies one of the major sites of Mayan civilization, inhabited from the 6th century B.C. to the 10th century A.D. The ancient Mayan city of Tikal.
Tikal is located in the north of the Petén region of Guatemala. Has 576 sq. km of which only 16 kilometers have been delimited for excavation work and scientific study. Anyone who visit the mayan city of Tikal will be impressed.
Tikal was discovered in 1848 by some important people of the region such as Mr. Ambrosio Tut who later made himself accompany Mr. Modesto Méndez Guerra and between them they led a preliminary inspection caravan to the Tikal area. Tikal was declared a national monument in 1931 and a national park in 1955, one of Guatemala's first protected areas. Tikal is a mixed category UNESCO World Heritage Site, It was declared in 1979.
Tikal a major Pre-Columbian political, economic and military centre, is one of the most important archaeological complexes left by the Maya civilization. Today Tikal is a symbol of cultural and natural pride for all Guatemalans, enormous trees still surround the great temples and plazas consisting of multiple structures and buildings. Aside from the great plazas and temples, there were also other types of structures that were uncovered such as tombs, stelae, and huge stone masks, Tikal residents created a calendar with 365 days, and their lunar cycle was only seven minutes off the best that modern instruments can calculate.
Visiting the pyramids of Tikal was an amazing experience, Morgan Freeman
Anyone who visit Mayan city of Tikal will be impressed. The natural ambiance is as it was some 2,000 years ago, when for reasons that are still a mystery, the inhabitants of Tikal disappeared at the end of the 10th century. That's especially true for the Great Plaza, the ceremonial center of Tikal, a place that seems to have been concocted by a wayward pharaoh.