Tikal Tour and Adventure
Protected by the Department of Péten in Guatemala, the Tikal ruins is a relatively large archaeological site. It’s one of the best places to visit, if you happen to be in Guatemala.
It is believed that the site was built during the Classic Period of the Mayan civilization, along with the most consequential seats of power in Mesoamerica, a place in the pre-Columbian time that is now known to us as the Northern Central America and Southern Mexico.
Touring the Tikal Ruins
What makes the site very appealing to tourists is its remote location. Its jungle setting makes it eerie and at the same time alluring to the eyes of curious vacationers. The tourists will typically mass together in busses and travel across the remote lands and villages just to reach the Tikal ruins. It’s very unlike the imposing feeling you get when you visit places like Chichen Itza or Tulum.
The Tikal Ruins is a large ancient site. As a matter of fact, not all of it is discovered as of yet. The archaeologists working on it are still trying to decipher some of the amazing scripts there. Many are still trying to unearth the hidden parts of the ruins, find whatever astonishing things is hidden in them.
In 1979, UNESCO designated the place as one of the World Heritage Site. From then on, tourists found out about Tikal and never laid their eyes elsewhere ever again. Moving on, let’s talk about ancient history.
History of Maya
The ruins of Tikal dates further back to the 400 BC. According to archaeologists, it was a small community that grew to be the largest, most influential city in Maya. During the Classic Period, sometime around 200 to 900 AD, Tikal had standing armies and defended the kingdom ferociously from invasions. Tikal is said to often battle with nearby cities. Despite its battle strength, the city was finally subjugated by Caracol sometime around 562 AD. The new King Ah Cacau of Tikal returned a century later to reclaim the prosperous city and ruled Tikal until 900 AD.
Inexplicably, Tikal was later abandoned by all its citizens, and was given to the jungle vegetation. The place crumbled to ruins in a short time, and more or less fell off the Mesoamerican map. There are stories that surfaced in mid-17th century about Tikal; however, it wasn’t till the major explorations in 1800 when people at last discovered the great ancient site.
Excavation of Tikal
In 1950, people first came to the rough overland by draft horses, and then by foot to explore the narrower passes in the mountains to reach Tikal. A very small airstrip of a road was constructed in the mid-50s in order to make traveling a little bit easier.
Several massive excavation work took place under the Guatemalan government’s permission in late 1970.
There are many places to visit in the Tikal ruins, like the Great Plaza, Central Acropolis, North Acropolis, Temple IV, Mundo Perdido, and many more. If you plan on going to Guatemala, remember to pay a visit to the Tikal ruins.