Tikal is the largest excavated site in the American continent and contains some of the most fascinating archaeological remains of the ancient Maya civilization.  It is Guatemala's most famous cultural and natural preserve and was declared a national park in 1955 and a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1979. 

Tikal comprises 576 km2 or 222.4 mi2 of lush jungle surrounding the Maya ceremonial center.

It took the University of Pennsylvania 13 years to uncover about 10 mi2 of structures at Tikal. However, much of it still remains to be unearthed... Read more


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