Discovering Maya secrets in Tikal
Tikal is magic! It was once one of the biggest Maya cities but is since approximately 1000 years back abandoned and overgrown by jungle. Of the around 3000 temples in the area some have been uncovered but many are still just “green hills” deep in the jungle. We arrived early in the morning at dawn and were completely enchanted from the first moment. The best time was before the sun rose and at sunset. We discovered that this is the time when the animals in the jungle are most present. Imagine walking through dense jungle, listening to hundreds of different birds singing and monkeys roaring in the far distance. This is a very strong memory that will last forever!
We walked and walked and in twelve hours we just sat down 45 minutes to eat. Some of the big temples can actually be climbed. The highest one has a staircase attached to help you up (this one I managed) but a few really tall temples just has a steep kind of ladder thing next to it. I tried to climb one but I got so scared that I had to go down again. It is nothing for those that have a fear for heights. But my friend Louis was brave and managed all the way up a few scary once.
The area of Tikal is huge and afterwards we did regret not staying one night in one of the camping sites just outside the park. That would have given us more time and more dawn strolls. But anyhow we were very satisfied with this day that gave us memories to live from for a long long time.