Tikal is one the famous archeological site located in Guatemala. It is one of the largest sites and urban centers of the Pre-Columbian Maya civilization. Tikal is a part of Guatemala's Tikal National Park which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979. The place has a rich historical past that makes it an important archeological treasure. It was the capital of one of the most powerful kingdoms of ancient Maya.
The monumental architecture of Tikal dates back to 4th century BC but it reached its zenith during the classical period. At this point of time, it dominated the Maya region politically, militarily and economically. The reminiscences of its rich historical past can still be found in the many ruins and architectural structures of the place. The remoteness and jungle setting is also something that makes it popular amongst the visitors and tourists from all over the world. The breath taking ruins and impressive buildings attracts many archaeologists and historians.
The famous jaguar temple of Tikal offers an outstanding view peeping through the canopy of trees. Other temples present here offer a panoramic view of the place if climbed on the top of them. The canopy of trees not only looks aesthetically beautiful but also offers shade to the visitors trekking along the site. You can also witness some of the exotic and rare species of birds while you take a walk in the morning. Some of the species that you can encounter are Coatimundis, Jaguars, howler monkeys, Toucans and spider monkeys.