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.