The ruins of Tikal are located in the rainforest of northern Guatamala.
It is a very large complex with 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..
Modern scolars blame overpopulation and an extended period of drought.
Tikal was discovered in 1893 and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1971
We visited the Tikal ruins on a cloudy, humid and hot day in September 1998.