Guatemala is an archaic country in which pre-Columbian indigenous roots mediated deeply in their land volcanic and jungle to endure, with tenacity and consistency, despite the sweeping pace of the Conquerors.
Proof of this is the character and physiognomy of its people, but also the Mayan cities that stand proud among the Guatemalan jungle. Two giants stand out among them: the powerful Tikal and Yaxhá.
Headquarters of great kings, the jungle was covering them to hide them from the modern world. But in these cases, archaeologists and ancient gods have the last word and so they returned to the light.
A trip to Guatemala... To Central America ... To Latin America, you cannot understand without visiting Tikal and Yaxhá. Long before the eyes of the natives saw the first church of Central America rise here (in Salcajá, in 1524), it was the stony cities of the Maya that struggled to reach the sky.
Tikal Central Square
300 km north of the capital, Guatemala City, life presents itself in its most powerful and exuberant explosion in the Petén jungle. The heat and humidity squeeze during the day, while the night becomes a symphony of sounds of animals of all kinds, which take advantage of the heat truce to wander through their territories.
In this environment one of the most powerful Mayan cities in Central America had to grow: Tikal.
The archaeological site of Tikal was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1979, and shortly after entering it you understand the reasons.
A path guarded by trees takes you to the plane that shows the layout of the unearthed buildings. Much of Tikal is still covered by nature and its buildings are guessed under the mounds that you encounter.