The Mayan city of Tikal predates 250AD and is nestled amongst wildlife-rich tropical rainforest, making it one of the continent’s most impressive cultural monuments.
The Petén of northern Gualtemala is a vast lowland blanketed in dense tropical rainforest. Nowadays it’s sparsely inhabited but this was not the case in the past: the Mayan city of Tikal, which began its development before 250AD, grew to be a vast cultural, religious and commercial centre. Following its collapse (c. 900AD) its jungle remoteness kept it isolated until roads and airstrips brought it within reach in the late 20th century. With its surviving temple pyramids piercing the canopy, vast plazas, its wealth of carvings and inscriptions and its location in the midst of a wild-life rich national park it is now one of the continent’s most impressive cultural monuments.
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A vast lowland blanketed in dense tropical rainforest is home to the infamous Mayan city of Tikal. A vast cultural, religious and commercial centre, its jungle remoteness kept it isolated until roads and airstrips brought it within reach for modern day visitors. With its surviving temple pyramids piercing the jungle canopy and its location in the midst of a wild-life rich national park it is now one of the continent’s most impressive cultural monuments.View our Tikal weather guide
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