Tikal

Tikal was one of the amazing Mayan sites. It's in Guatemala and it is huge. The main city covers 16 square kilometres and of course it would have had the infrastructure around that. Now its all been swallowed by the jungle.

Like just most of the sites, the excvations have barely scratched the surface. Tikal is still 90% or more hidden in jungle. Tops of temples emerge above the tree line like a movie set. In fact, it's where they filled the end of Return of the Jedi to get the the look of the moon of Endor with its buildings rising above the canopy. Which is why I refer to it as the planet of the Ewoks. Of course, now days they would just rustle up something with CGI.

I loved walking around there, you had hints of things everywhere. Stones half covered in scrub, the side of a hill you suddenly realise is a stepped pyramid. Plus the sensations of the jungle, birds, monkeys and lots of strange rustlings in the underbrush.

Definately put it on your list of places to visit.


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Scale model of Tikal
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White-nosed Coati
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Another White-nosed Coati, they have cute tails
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A tucan
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Temple at Complex Q in Tikal
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Walking down the temple, its steep
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Altar and matching stone stela at Complex Q, Tikal
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Unexcavated pyramid in group R at Tikal
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Lizard
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Leaf cutter ants
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The jungle
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A rubber tree, the healed cuts are from when the rubber was harvested
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Temple IV, currently being restored and reconstructed in places
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View from Temple IV over Tikal. Look familiar? It was the Ewok homeworld in Return of the Jedi
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Me at Tikal, what is up with that pose?
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Me on the planet of the Ewoks!
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Unfortuantely it wasn't orchid season, but this one was out
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A monkey in the tree behind Talud-Tablero Temple (aka Temple 5C-49, aka Temple of the Three Rooms)
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Temple of the Three Rooms in the Plaza of the Lost World
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Looking over the Plaza of the Lost World (Mundo Perdido)
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I wasn't going to walk around on that ledge, Temple of the Three Rooms
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Exposed side of Three Rooms Pyramid showing the encased pyramids within it
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Building 5D-77, Plaza of the Lost World
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Pretty, but probably a weed
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Monkey in front of Temple III
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The top of Temple III
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An Ocellated Turkey (Meleagris ocellata) in Tikal
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One of the buildings, 5D-82 I think, between Plaza of the Lost World and Plaza of the Seven Temples
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Plaza of the Seven Temples
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Looking back across the Plaza of the Seven Temples at the three ball courts
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The back of the palace (Structure 5D-91) in the Plaza of the Seven Temples
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Spectacular bark on the trees
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Temple V and its steep, but unclimbable stairs
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Temple V
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Me with Temple V in the background
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Grand Plaza and Temple I
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Me in the main plaza of Tikal
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Still in the main plaza
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Descending Temple II, yes it was very steep
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A huge stucco mask within Temple 33
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Temple I and some of the Grand Plaza
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Temple II and the Grand Plaza
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Part of the Central Acropolis
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Looking back across the Grand Plaza with Temple I on the right
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Amazing camouflage
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