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The very special site has been declared a Cultural as well as Natural Patrimony of Humanity site by UNESCO. Tikal is the only place in the world to be approved of both these titles by UNESCO. This region was constructed during the Mayan civilization and Tikal was one of the important urban centers of the Mayan society.

Over 3000 separate buildings are identified in Tikal . These buildings include shrines, temples and platforms for ceremonies; alongside residences, ball courts and plazas. The architectural intelligence of Mayans is evident in the construction of Tikal . The people of Tikal were wealthy and over 200 stone monuments were carved for the many altars and religious sites. Archaeologists suggest that these buildings were established around 800BC and the Mayans lived there until to 900 AD. The dense rain forest at Tikal hides the actual physical extent of the Mayan City.


The Tikal national park is located on the central peninsula of Guatemala and here you can view the massive Tikal ruins. The park stretches for about 222 square miles with roads and trails leading to archaeological sites of interest. The Tikal national park has abundance of rain forest, with trees reaching 150 feet tall. Several hundred bird species have been identified in the massive forest area. You may also encounter some snakes on your journeys, but most of them are harmless.

Tourists prefer to stay in the national park itself so that they can get out and start trekking in the early morning. The trail will take you to the top of temple IV from which you can get a great view of the sun rise.    

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