In the heart of the Guatemalan jungle, surrounded by lush vegetation, lies one of the major sites of Mayan civilization - Tikal. The ceremonial centre contains superb temples and palaces, and public squares accessed by means of ramps. The ruined city reflects the cultural evolution of Mayan society from hunter gathering to farming, with an elaborate religious, artistic and scientific culture. There are over 3,000 separate buildings dating from 600 BC to AD 900, including temples, residences, religious monuments decorated with hieroglyphic inscriptions and tombs. Altought archaeological work started around 80 years ago, it's estimated that still 80% of the ruins remain unexcavated, making Tikal one of the most promissour sites to decipher some of the unknown Mayan secrets.
Tikal National Park protects some 22,100 ha of rainforest, with over 2,000 plant species identified in the park area and with over fifty-four species of mammals, including the howler monkey, spider monkey, giant anteater, nine-banded armadillo, coati, kinkajou, tayra, paca, puma, margay, ocelot, jaguarundi and the mighty jaguar!