Ancient Mayan City of Tikal

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Spent a full day from sunrise to sunset wandering around the 3000 years old Mayan city. This was an incredible experience. It is situated right in the middle of a jungle, and in the morning and in the late afternoon you can hear the howler monkeys. They used the sound of their roar for T-Rex in Jurassic Park.

It is also filled with spider monkeys, raccoons, spiders, scorpions and other things you can normally find in the jungle. It is incredible how they managed to build all this 3000 years ago, with all buildings being perfectly aligned to observe the cycles of sun and the stars. It is hard to believe that they already knew so much about astronomy and math back in the days.

Just yesterday I also visited a Chiche Itza here in Mexico, named as one of the new 7 wonders of the world. Even though it is also impressive, it cannot really compare to the Mayan ruins in Tikal in my opinion. Chichen Itza is much more commercialised and it just felt as visiting a single monument in the middle of a field with hoards of other tourists. On the other hand, in Tikal you are wondering around a huge ancient Mayan city in the middle of a jungle with spider monkeys and racoons doing their own things meters away from you, sometimes without any other people in sight. An unforgettable and spiritual experience.

Have you been to any Mayan ruins or other ancient civilisations? How was your experience?


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Excellent photo and great story. I've never been to either of those sites but when I was in my teens I wanted to go to college as an archaeologist, never pursued it though. Were you by yourself when you took that shot? The place looks fairly bare of people (Oh I zoomed in and saw one guy) so just wondering if you had the whole place mostly to yourself or you were in a tour group and just happened to get it when they were all in another part of the city. Thanks @olegnator! Always look forward to more of your posts.

Thanks so much man for your continuos support! 🤗Tikal has normally very few tourists, so it is not rare to have the pyramids all for yourself. I have removed like 3 or 4 persons from this photo in photoshop

Very cool. You're welcome for the support! Keep up with the great photos and the info with the stories. It gives me something to look forward to everyday. I've been upvoting your post before I even see it recently because I know it'll be gold.

I have never been Mayan ruins but I have been in great ancient civilisation called Catalhoyuk. It is the world's oldest town. Established around 7500 B.C.

Great post bro!

Never heard of Catalhoyuk but I've heard Turkey has some incredible ancient sites. Thanks for the info @azdak!

Turkey has lots of ancient sites. You should visit:)

Thanks so much man! That place looks really old. Would love to wander around it as well. These kind of places have a great energy

Yeah! It's very interesting that seeing those places. You can see how civilization improved

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Hey, just wanted to let you know I gave you an upvote because I appreciate your content! =D See you around

Thanks, appreciate it! 🤗

This is on the top of my list of places to travel! Just breath-taking! What time of the year do you recommend going?

This time of the year it was pretty nice during the day, albeit quite hot, but that is normal in this part of the world. The sunrise and the sunset this time of the year is not nice because it is really cloudy and foggy in early in the morning and late in the afternoon. During the rainy / cold season they say the sunrise / sunsets are better.

Awesome! Thank you! I can't wait to go!

great architect

lol, yeah, built to last

My cousin was there last year so I have seen lots of photos. You're a lucky guy and thank you for keeping us posted :) Have fun!

Thanks so much Erikah! 🤗

Wow, beautiful place. I wish i could go sometime in my life.

Better sooner than later, something tells me it will get commercialised like Chichen Itza and it will never be the same again, with barely any tourists 😏

haha yeah. Well, i hope that doesn't happen :l

Hey.Nice picture.You should go to El Mirador, you can find a tour from Flores.Check out the pictures on my blog

yeah man now I want to come back. How was the jungle, did you see the big cats?

We have seen an ocelot (in the dark),but nothing bigger.very rare to see big cats in the jungle.they know you come and they hide


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