Tikal National Park is a Mayan archaeological site in northern Guatemala, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.
The Mayan city of Tikal is believed to have started around the 4th century BC, and reached it’s pinnacle around 200 to 900 AD when the city dominated much of the Maya region politically, economically, and militarily. By the end of the 10th century evidence suggests there was population decline which eventually resulted with the city’s abandonment.
Tikal is one of the best understood Maya cities because of the discovery of several intact tombs which provided archaeologists with a long list of dynastic rulers as well as well preserved temples and palace.
Tikal has been partially restored by the University of Pennsylvania and the Government of Guatemala. Many temples, like this one, have still not been excavated.
There are also several courts like this one for playing Mesoamerican ballgame
Most of the time visitors can climb the actual ruins, which is amazing although maybe not so great for preservation, some of the temples that were being restored had steep stairs like these.
Here is a sacrificial alter, all fun and games for this guy!
These little guys are called Coati and we saw a group forging for food on the trail in front of us- they didn't seem to be bothered as we walked by- although at one point they got spooked and the whole herd leaped onto trees a few feet off the ground and clung on like koalas. It was cute. They are a close relative of the raccoon.
The boys were fascinated with the leaf cutter ants and I have to admit they were pretty cool to watch
And here is my youngest trying to look natural while the wild turkey called a Crested Guan, struts behind him.
We arrived early and spent the day wandering around- Being in the moist jungle amid the ancient ruins was a magical experience.
What is the oldest place you've visited?