Travel Experta’s Interesting Facts – Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal is the greatest of the surviving classic Maya cities, and is estimated to have once supported a population of about 100,000 people. Archaeologists have identified more than 3,000 structures, and in its heyday, the city probably covered as much as 65 sq. km (25 sq. miles). Tikal is more extensively excavated than any ruins in Belize, and unlike the grand cities and excavations in Mexico, Tikal rises out of dense jungle of Peten. The pyramids here are some of the most perfect examples of ceremonial architecture in the Maya world. Standing atop Temple IV, you are high above the rainforest canopy.

Learn more about the ancient Mayan ruins of Guatemala.

Where is it?

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548km (340 miles) NE of Guatemala City; 65km (40 miles) N of Flores; 100km (62 miles) NW of the Belize border

What to See?

  • Main Plaza
  • Temple I
  • Temple II
  • Temple IV
  • Ball Game
  • North Acropolis
  • Central Acropolis
  • Big Pyramid Plaza or Lost World

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What to do?

  • Canopy Tour
  • Sunset or sunrise Tours
  • Walking Tours

Other Nearby Places:

  • Sylvanus G. Morely Museum
  • Lithic or Stelae Museum

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