is among the worlds travel wonders, many calling Tikal one
of the most spiritually powerful spots on earth. The monumental
site with its towering pyramids looms out of the thick jungle
canopy like stoic sentinels of ancient mysteries.
was once a wealthy metropolis of 100,000 inhabitants and the seat
of power for the great Jaguar clan lords. Today, Tikal attracts
archeologists from all around the globe and the wild-live surrounding
the ruins makes it a naturalist's dream. Because of its importance
and magnificent combination of nature and archaeological remains,
Tikal has been declared a Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
ruins of Tikal include more than 3,000 structures extending over
six square miles and including palaces, temples, ceremonial platforms,
ball courts, terraces, plazas, avenues and steam baths. The ancient
Maya began building Tikal around 600 B.C., and for the next 1500
years the area was an important religious, scientific, and political
Tikal National Park is not only home to an ancient Mayan City.
Screeching howler monkeys and squawking parrots provide natures
soundtrack to all visitors in the area. From monkeys to white
lipped peccary, brocket deer, coati-mundis, toucans, scarlet macaws,
parrots, ocelots; even the seldom jaguar can occasionally be spotted.
Along with many vegetation spices there is also an abundance of
The charming town of Flores, with its pastel-colored buildings,
enjoys a scenic setting on Lake Petén Itzá. It is
located about half an hour from the entrance of the National Park
and serves as a gateway to explore the immediate area.