There comes a time on most backpacking trips when you need to get a little more serious and take in the history of an ancient culture. Tikal is the place to do this for the Mayan cutlure. An ancient city that would have been home to up to 90,000 people during the height of the Mayan civilisation. It’s meant to be one of the largest and most understood civilisations of the Mayan period. You can see Cel’s 60 second candid commentary of the site albeit the focus of the commentary switches to her sweaty feet part way through:
The site itself is huge, we took a 4 hour tour through it and really only scraped the surface. It’s well preserved, only a very small portion of the structures have actually been excavated – with an estimated 20,000 structures still covered in soil, jungle and grass. To make the tour even more interesting, there is a huge range of wildlife at Tikal – being a tropical forest it is home to snakes, spiders, birds, crocodiles, lizards and the normal array of insects you’d expect!
I won’t go into the detail too much about the site, I’ll let Wikipedia do that for me: find out more here. Instead I’ll focus on a few pictures we took while we were there.
For anyone wanting to visit Tikal, you need to get to Flores and then take a 1hr trip north into the park (cost is 150Q to enter).