Walking the limestone path, recalling the morning meal of plantain, eggs, black beans, and fresh cheese, without hesitation, you look up to hear the sounds of what could only be a howler monkey. Though not spotted immediately, the loud and proud yelling and the trees rustling around you signal the monkeys are near. The smells of the rainforest and sounds of a wild kingdom invoke a breath-catching moment as you experience a sensory overload. Aware of the self-talk going on inside your brain, the stunning scenery is convincing your entire being you have never seen such a magical place. Quickening your steps, as you move through the trees, you experience an eye-widening parting of the majestic timber that reveals the hidden beauty before you.
Tikal National Park
Once inhabited from the 6th century B.C. to the 10th century A.D. and located in the Northern Guatemalan Peten Province, the Tikal National Park is accessible within the Maya forest. The forest and park contain the ruins of temples and palaces once considered the heart of Mayan civilization.
Whether you choose a tour guide or prefer to hike the National Park along the self-guided paths, spectacular views, wildlife running past with sounds of nature await. Tikal boasts over 300 species of birds, including toucans and parrots. Flocks of vibrant colored birds possessing aerial grace circle overhead. Expect to view the Coatimundis Raccoon with long swishy tails, for they are indigenous to this Guatemalan region.
The Plaza of the Seven Temples is a focal area to meet up with fellow travelers. Surrounded by lush green grass and trees during the dry season, it can be a pleasant area to stop for a quick snack of tamales brought along for the days’ adventure. The limestone ruins have an overlay of vegetation brought on by time and mother nature, and decay is evident. Steep stairs that had been carved into the stone for incline and decline throughout the park and can seem a bit scary; however, walkways built for tourists are in place for safety and accessibility.
You might find yourself reaching the top of the ruins looking over into the vast rain forest, imagining what it must have been like to have lived and thrived in a community of over 55,000 Mayans. Your experience on this adventure grows, learning that with no real source of running water, the Mayans became excellent managers of rainwater by using large systems of cisterns called chultuns to collect and store the runoff during the wet season.
The journey to Tikal National Park can take about ½ days ride by bus or car, from the Guatemalan city of Antigua. Known for the volcanic landscape and Mayan culture lies the colorful colonial town of Antigua. The Guatemalan city of Antigua is on the UNESCO World Heritage site list. This bustling metropolis is probably one of the safest places in Guatemala due to the treaty signed. Antigua pulses with activity and awe-inspiring architecture, absorbing the culture and impressive views. Local music of Merengue, Marimba, and Punta will surely have even the shyest tourist, along with the local town folk, dancing in the streets.
Shopping in Antigua can become a days’ adventure within itself. You’ll find many candy shops filled with specialty chocolates of confectionary perfection made from recipes handed down from generation to generation. Locally grown coffee is famous the world over and is a must-have beverage first thing in the morning to start your day off with gusto. Handwoven scarves, table cloths, jade jewelry, and pottery are likely available for sale in the local markets of Antigua.
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