Temple nr 2
another large structure
here the excavatons still have to start
the Lost World Pyramid
a white-nosed coati on the stairs of a Pyramid
on the way back we see the silhouette of a Howler Monkey up in the trees
resting at the stairs of Temple 1
Temple nr 2
Tikal

The ruins of Tikal are located in the dense rainforest of northern Guatamala.
It is a very large complex with some 3000 structures, many still not excavated.

Tikal was the capital of a major
Maya state, led by powerful kings. 
Early traces of habitation date from 1000 BC, but Tikal's haydays were from 200 to 900 AD, after which it faded away, like many other Maya states of that period..

Presently scolars blame overpopulation, an extended period of drought and of course climate change to Tikal's demise.

The ruins of Tikal were discovered in 1893 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1971

We visited Tikal on a cloudy, humid and steamy hot day in September 1998.

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arrival at the Flores International Airport in Guatamala
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Flores downtown
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the North Acropolis
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Flores airport doubles as football field
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on the North Acropolis we finally get some sun
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