Tikal National Park is a large archaeological site that has the structures of pre-columbian Maya civilization. It is located in the Northern Guatemala department of Petén in Central America. It became the UNESCO WHS in 1979.

Tikal National Park

 

Tikal was a dry state and had neither water nor salt and had to import salt from outside. The people of Maya civilization stored water that they got from rainfall and that used to be the only source of water for them. therefore, you would see large reservoirs built there. During the 9th century, the people of Tikal built many monuments and different temples that are the main attractions of the park these days. Tikal had a good amount of population, almost around 100,000 but the reason for its demise is still not clear. Some blame it on the environmental issues like erosion, nutrient lose and erosion that ere worsening with time and some say that the invasion of outside forces added to the fall of Tikal’s community. But in the later half of 9th century, there ere attempts to revive the place and start the civilization with a new beginning and that was when the Grand Plaza was constructed.

Tikal National Park

There are restaurants, three hotels, handicrafts and souvenir shops, to museums and a few more things that would welcome you at your arrival.

After the decline of Tikal’s maya civilization, the forest took over the region and it’s still lush with trees, ferns and shrubs and is a habitat of more than 250 species of exotic animals. According to a website, “There are 5 large temples: Temple I or Temple of the Great Jaguar, standing at around 44 m (144 ft), Temple II or Temple of the Masks, 37 m (120 ft), Temple III or Temple of the Jaguar Priest, 60 m (180 ft), Temple IV or Temple of the Double Headed Serpent, 70 m (230 ft), and Temple V at 59 m (190 ft)”.

It is indeed a great place to visit for the lovers of history plus the large amount of flora and fauna attract the nature lovers as well.

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Tikal National Park is a large archaeological site that has the structures of pre-columbian Maya civilization. It is located in the Northern Guatemala department of Petén in Central America. It became the UNESCO WHS in 1979.   Tikal was a dry state and had neither water nor salt and had to import salt...