Best things to see in Tikal – Guatemala

For me the Tikal National Park is one of those destinations in Central America that you can’t miss. You will find it in the middle of the rain forest of the Peten Department, Guatemala. It’s name means “place of voices” and is the second largets Mayan Ceremonial site after El Mirador which is a few kilometers north from Tikal. It was declared a Human Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979.

Learn more about the Tikal Mayan Ruins, Guatemala.

Major Plaza:

This is the most recognized place of the whole complex. That is because it is right in the middle of  Temples I and II, a Mayan ball game and some smaller temples. This was the heart of the social and political life of Tikal’s inhabitants plus it is a beautiful place.

Temple I (The Grand Jaguar):

If you have ever seen a photo of Tikal you have probably seen this temple. It is one of the most photographed and is also the highest in the major plaza. It was built around year 700 during the Mayan’s Classic Period. This big guy overlooks the sunset.

Temple II (Masks Temple):

This is the second highest temple of the main plaza and faces 3 things: the grand jaguar, the sunrise and east. I love how the temples face each other from their side of the plaza.

Aprende más sobre las ruinas Maya de Tikal, Guatemala.

Temple IV (The Two Headed snake Temple):

This is the highest structure in the whole Tikal complex, from here you get a bird’s eye view of all the park. It is for sure one of my favorite places in the complex. I know there is a lot of climbing stairs to do to get there but it is sooo worth the trouble.

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