Tikal is one of the few places which combine the beauty of dense forestry and the wonder of Mayan history. With majestic ruins hidden by mystical greenery, the Tikal National Park is undeniably a sight to behold. From ancient temples to archaeological treasures, forests and a wide variety of tropical birds and animals, Tikal is the perfect destination for anyone who wants to experience the breath-taking beauty of Guatemala.
Whether you want to discover the story behind the Mayan civilisation, enjoy the sights and sounds of the wilderness or simply bask in the wonder of Guatemala, then get ready for an unforgettable adventure in the Tikal National Park.
The history of Tikal
Tikal is a city that simply grew with wonder over the centuries. Most of the city’s temples were constructed in the eighth century and experienced a huge growth in population around that time. It is believed that Tikal was one of the greatest Mayan cities, with a population of approximately 100,000 people. The reasons for the Mayan decline during the ninth century remains unknown, but it is believed that the empire’s collapse was mainly as a result of famine, wars and even resource depletion.
Over the years following the Mayan decline, the temples and architectural beauty of Tikal were reclaimed by the jungle and were hidden from the Spanish Conquistadors in the 1500s. It was only in 1848 that the ruins were finally rediscovered. The site was the object of studies for years to come and was eventually declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.
Accommodation in The Tikal National Park
El Petén is the perfect place to enjoy an unforgettable vacation in the heart of history and natural beauty. There are a number of hotels and lodges surrounding the Tikal National Park. Whether you are looking for a luxurious retreat or you plan on enjoying a budget friendly vacation in the heart of the jungle, you can rest assured that you will find the perfect place to call home in Guatemala. Enjoy the warm and welcoming hospitality of the locals as you experience a relaxing and awe-inspiring vacation in Tikal.
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Things to do and see in Tikal
Tikal has been attracting tourists for decades and continues to draw in crowds intrigued by the Mayan culture and the natural beauty which surrounds this famous ancient city. Within the boundaries of the reserve, you will find yourself awed by the magnificence of the history. Visit the tomb of Ah Cacau, Lord Chocolate which was discovered in 1958. Ah Cacau was one of Tikal’s greatest rulers and his tomb is replicated along with some of the precious jade ornaments, sea shells and pearls which were found in the tomb alongside his skeleton. The Temple of the Masks is also a sight to behold with huge stone masks guarding the stairways. These temples reach spectacular heights and can be climbed to enjoy the views of the surrounding regions.
You will be spoilt for choice if you plan on exploring the Mayan ruins and discovering the story behind one of the world’s most intriguing civilisations. Go from one temple to the next, and enjoy a historical adventure unlike anything you could ever have imagined. If you are keen to explore the natural beauty of Tikal, then make sure you try the canopy tour which offers you the perfect opportunity to fly through the majestic trees. From nature hikes to bird watching excursions, you will have ample opportunity to bask in the beauty of the wilderness and history combined.