Perhaps the most visually stunning and impressive of all Maya sites, Tikal’s five monolithic temples pierce the jungle canopy (Temple IV reaching a height of almost 230 feet) and ancient plazas, stelae and ball courts tell of a rich and powerful history when Tikal’s population reached almost 100,000. By the beginning of the Classic Period (AD 250) Tikal was competing for regional domination with Uaxactún and Calakmul, and later Tikal was briefly conquered and subjugated by a powerful alliance of Caracol and Calakmul between AD 562 and AD 682. From AD 682 onwards Tikal flourished again under Lord Ah Cacau, and continued to dominate the region into the 9th Century. Today the site is justifiably recognized as one of the archeological wonders of the Americas. Its unspoiled jungle setting within the Tikal National Park makes it a paradise for birders, nature lovers and amateur archaeologists.
Departs: Optional (early departure recommended) Duration: Approximately 6 hrs *Total travel time – 2 hour drive
Attire: Long pant, t-shirt, bug spray, sunscreen, tennis/hiking shoes
Level of Difficulty: Moderate