Tikal Journals

Magical Maya Mystery

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A June 2008 trip to Tikal by Koentje3000

Lake Petén Itzá Photo, Flores, Guatemala More Photos
Quote: With civilization far away and hidden deep into the lush jungle, the greatest Maya ruins ever have everything to be top on each traveller's list.

The Great Pyramids

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Attraction | "Tikal's Pyramids are Excellent Viewpoints and Beautiful Buildings"

Templo III Photo, Tikal, Guatemala
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Apart from the magnificent central plaza, with its 2 pyramid-shaped temples, Tikal has several other interesting sights. One of the nicest complexes is the group of buildings known as the Lost World (Spanish: Mundo Perdido), located to the southwest of the plaza. The structures in the Lost World are among the oldest of Tikal, many of them still dating from the preclassic Maya period (around 0AD). Archaeologists have determined it as an E-group, a designation for complexes used by the ancient Mayas as centres for astronomical observation, named after the famous Grupo E in Tikal's rival and neighbour Uaxactun. The Maya peoples were...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 30, 2008

Central Plaza

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Attraction | "The Heart of the Maya City"

Northern Acropolis Photo, Tikal, Guatemala
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The Central Plaza (Spanish: Plaza Mayor) used to be the religious centre of the ancient Maya town of Tikal. The plaza itself is nowadays a grassy plain, only about 100m tall by 50m wide, dotted with a few tropical trees. On the northern end of the square are quite some interesting stelae, large standing stones decorated with carvings depicting scenes of historical or religious persons. The nicest ones are now covered with a thatched roof to preserve them form the elements. Behind the stelae is the Northern Acropolis of Tikal. It used to be the burial ground of many of the rulers of Tikal. Archaeological findings make it very probable that ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 17, 2008

A Brief History

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Attraction | "A Brief Tikal History, from the Earliest Until Now"

Northern Acropolis Photo, Tikal, Guatemala
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Probably around 10.000 years ago, the Petén region was first settled by peoples originating from Asia who came to the Americas either by small boats or across the former landbridge between Siberia and Alaska. Only small villages were formed in the first place, but around 2000 BC the first city-states came into existence mainly in present-day southern Mexico (Olmec people), but also Nakbe near Tikal (Maya people). One millennium later, the Olmec culture went into decline, in favour of the Mayan states mostly in Petén. Among the most powerful of these times were El Mirador and Uaxactun, rivalling each other and smaller cities for power. The constant shift in power due to ongoing wars and disputes left r...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 10, 2008

Flores

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Attraction | "The Main Gateway Town for Tikal"

Lake Petén Itzá Photo, Flores, Guatemala
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The small capital city of Guatemala's most northern and largest department of Petén is the most important gateway to the vast Tikal ruins. Flores proper is located on a 0.2 km2 small island in Lake Petén Itzá, the 2nd lake largest in Guatemala. It is connected by a 500m long causeway to the larger and more commercial mainland town of Santa Elena, now also considered as a part of Flores. The island is an easy-going and quiet place, with most of the colonial houses in its small cobbled streets selling either souvenirs, tours, food, a place to stay or all together. A whitewashed 19th century churc...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 23, 2008

Tikal National Park

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Attraction | "The Natural Side of Tikal"

Tikal National Park Photo, Tikal, Guatemala
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Despite its location, tucked away deep in the lowland jungle of the Guatemalan department of El Petén, the magnificent Maya site of Tikal attracts its fair share of tourists. After all, the Tikal ruins are probably the greatest Maya buildings in the whole of Guatemala, maybe even in the world. Unesco-listed already since 1979, the ancient town provides a great insight in daily Mayan matters as well as on religious and cultural affairs of this great nation. Nowadays the ruins are part of the 576 km2 large Tikal Na...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 26, 2008

Tikal National Park
Peten Basin
Tikal, Guatemala
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