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Local time: 23:56:46, Altitude: 306m, Address: Tikal, Guatemala

Tikal are ruins of an ancient Mayan city in Guatemala . It is situated in the northern part of the country, in the middle of the jungle, in the department of El Petén, in the Tikal National Park , about 64 km from Flores .


The history of Tikal dates back to the 7th century BC, when it was founded by the Maya. The heyday of the city came in the 6th century AD, when Tikal had about 100,000 inhabitants. Subsequently, the city was conquered by the Caracols. Since the 9th century, Tikal had been completely abandoned. Thanks to the Guatemalan government that had sent here an expedition in 1848, Tikal was re-discovered. Gradually, various archaeologists were coming.

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Tikal consists of dozens of buildings. The dominant features of the city are the temples, identified only by numbers. Two of them stand in the middle of the square which can be viewed only from the top of the temple number 2. The top of this temple reaches the height of 38 m. Temple number 1 is not accessible, for safety reasons. The north acropolis stands among these temples. Archaeologists uncovered layers of earth, and thus proved that the Maya had lived here before Christ. The current appearance of the acropolis comes from the 8th century AD. Nowadays, Tikal has become a part of the Tikal National Park , and in 1979 it has been proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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GPS: 17.222, -89.6233
Altitude: 306 m
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Last update: Oct 19, 2012 7:31:11 PM

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