Typical Guatemalan girl, pretty and cute.
One of the many pyramids yet to be "uncovered".
Maze through Acropolis North.
RobC: I have known about the Mayan ruins of Tikal for a long time, but even during previous visits to Guatemala they were always too far away (in the northeast, near Belize). Years ago, people could only reach Tikal by air, but now we are fortunate enough to be able to go there by good roads.
The Tikal site is huge and it took us several hours to walk to all of the important temples and secondary places. The site is characterized by being surrounded by rain forest and lush and colorful vegetation. The presence of monkeys and tropical birds punctuated to the feeling of being in the jungle and allowed us a glimpse of the habitat in which the Mayan people lived in ancient times. Incredible stone structures. Here are some of my pictures.
The archaeological site was only sparsely attended due to the season, and the place was really very peaceful. You could also notice a great respect for the flora and fauna and the park staff was super friendly.
RobT: On the way out of the park we met up with some road hazards. I just about hit a horse nonchalantly trotting out from a side street. It didn't even have the interest to look at me as I slowly rode past him not 2 feet away. RobC had something similar happen but with a very large pig. Almost had pork chops for dinner. :) There were also dogs lying on the road, sun bathing as well as kids, yes, kids lying at the edge passing the time away.
Last night, we spent some time talking with a helicopter pilot at the hotel we were staying at (never did get his name). His job was to fly people in and out of El Mirador, a huge Mayan complex at the northern border of Guatemala. The only way to the site is to fly or a three-day hike. Apparently, this site contains a huge man-made platform (18,000 sq meters) on which the Temple, La Danta was built. The temple measures 70m high and has a volume of 2,800,000 cubic meters and is therefore one of the largest pyramids in the world. The entire structure, platform and pyramids is considered to be one of the most massive ancient structures in the world.