The Mayan Temples in Tikal National Park, Guatemala
Tikal has been on our bucket list for quite some time. It is one of the largest and most impressive archaeological sites of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. Needless to say, it’s a playground for history buffs and cultural travelers looking to walk in the footsteps of one of mankind’s most fascinating societies.
Our original plan was to visit the lakeside town of Flores, and take day trips to Tikal National Park. After browsing several travel blogs and researching online, we decided that staying inside the park was our best option, even if this meant paying more for accommodations. This allowed us to experience 1two sunsets and one sunrise in the park, when all of the tour buses are long gone.
Little did we know that we were visiting Tikal during one of its slowest months, which meant that we had the park, and hotel, virtually all to ourselves!
Below is a collection of pictures of the Mayan Pyramids and Temples in Tikal
Backside of Temple 2 in Tikal’s Gran Plaza
Incredible panoramic jungle views from the top of Temple 4
Can you spot Nicole in this picture?
Hint – she’s wearing a white shirt
Views of the Gran Plaza and Acropolis from the top of Temple 2
Can you spot Nicole?
We literally had the entire park to ourselves!
Views of Temple 1 and the Gran Plaza from the Acropolis del Norte
Temple 5 (left) and Temple 2 (right) from the Acropolis del Norte
Acropolis Central located just outside the main plaza
The Gran Plaza – Temple 1 (right) rises as high as 44-metres
Arguable the most beautiful, Temple 5 stands at 58 metres high
To give you perspective of Temple 5, notice the two people sitting on the top of the stairs
Mayan Temple not yet fully revealed to modern man
Mayan Pyramid in the Lost World of Tikal National Park
Nicole taking a break at another picture perfect Mayan Pyramid Temple
Temple 4, the tallest building in Tikal, towers high above the endless jungle canopy
Temple 2 in the Gran Plaza
Views of Temple 1 and the central complex of Tikal
Frontal view of Temple 2, notice the perfect symmetry
Sitting on the top of the ancient temples as the sun begins to set over the jungle canopy, it’s easy to see why this UNESCO World Heritage Site was selected as the Eighth Wonder of the World by top travel bloggers.
Have you visited Tikal National Park? What did you think?
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