Itineraries – Explore ancient Mayan civilization at Tikal
On Monday we posted a story about a new photo book on civilization’s most important sites. The list of 100 destinations includes Tikal, an ancient Mayan city in Guatemala (pictured above).
Looking at the beautiful, mysterious photo featured in the book got us wondering about Tikal. What adventures and lessons in ancient civilization await a visitor?
We did a little poking around and discovered that the pyramid-like structures are in Tikal National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site that protects more than 222 square miles of tropical rainforest. It was here that Mayan civilization settled and flourished from the 6th century B.C. to the 10th century A.D.
Tikal is one of my favorite destinations. Its wonderful how the ruins are set with the natural forest to give an Indian jones feeling. Lots of animals & birds to be seen.