UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mayan city of Tikal
Deep in the heart of the steaming jungle, amid the screams of howler monkeys, the flutter of butterflies and the totemic Quetzel bird, climbing the giant Mayan pyramid ruins of Tikal will make you feel like you’ve stepped into another age. Unlike some other theme-park style ruins, the greatly unexcavated Tikal offers a full immersion experience, where it seems the pre-Columbian Mayan originators of this ancient city are about to appear from the jungle on their daily business. You’ll crane your neck looking to the top of the largest of the 3000 structures here and suffer vertigo looking back down their steep steps, all the while half-expecting feather-decked Mesoamericans to assemble and perform shamanic rituals. With its stunning volcano backdrop, Tikal will appeal to your inner Mayan and quench your thirst for history, culture and stunning natural beauty.