Tikal

Tikal is located in the Petén region of Guatemala, about 50 miles northwest of the border with Belize. A combination of archaeological remains and the natural environment of the Petén area makes Tikal a place in the world which has been declared both a Natural and Cultural Heritage for Humanity.
Set in the middle of a jungle canopy, the site today consists of over 3,000 buildings, including a few temples that tower above the forest.
During the apogee of the Maya empire, Tikal was the capital city, serving as a center of trade, an architectural style-setter, and the center of power and wealth.
It is 4.00 in the morning when you first come through the tall trees at Tikal you climb up to the top of the temple of the two serpents hoping to see the sun rise over the forever stretching jungle. You watch your feet for snakes on the path as well as tarantulas although they are not life threatening should you get bitten. The snakes will only crush you to death.
As daylight approaches, the roar of the howler monkeys imitating the Jaguar coming through thick fog creates an eerie atmosphere.
The more you peer through the vegetation, the more of these mounds you see – palaces, temples, pyramids, water reservoirs, the remains of a city that once housed over 100,000 people. Where did they go? Why – 500 years before the Spaniards arrived.
A theory exist, that because of deforestation, years of draught set in, so without water and crops the city was abandoned. All written records were burnt on the name the Church, hence anthropologists are left without much information to put the puzzle together.

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I am living my dream of sailing around the world, and to visit and meet as many places and people time will allow me.
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