Tikal and Horse Riding
Tikal is the ruins of an ancient city found in a rainforest in Guatemala, flourished between roughly 600 B.C. and A.D. 900. It is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centers of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. It is located in the archaeological region of the Petén Basin in what is now northern Guatemala. The Tikal ruins are the central attraction of Tikal National Park, and in 1979 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The main structures of Tikal cover approximately 1 square mile (2.5 square km). Surveys in a larger area, encompassing at least 6 square miles (15.5 square km), have revealed outlying smaller structures that were residences. At its height (c. 700) the core of Tikal had a population of about 10,000 persons but that the centre drew upon an outlying population of approximately 50,000.
The site’s major structures include five pyramidal temples and three large complexes, called acropolis, that presumably were temples and palaces. Pyramid I is the Temple of the Jaguar and rise to 45 metres. West of Pyramid I and facing it is Pyramid II, standing 42 metres above the jungle floor and supporting the Temple of the Masks. Pyramid III is 55 metres high. Near the Plaza of the Seven Temples stands Pyramid V 57 metres. The highest one is Pyramid IV 65 metres , which is the site of the Temple of the Two-Headed Serpent.
Today Tikal is to Guatemala what the Great Pyramids are to Egypt, a national symbol and a source of pride in the past. Enormous trees still shroud its buildings, which cluster in groups reached by wide causeways meandering through the tropical forest, home to toucans, parrots, howler monkeys, raccoon-like coatimundis and lots of other creatures.
Program: Daily from Placencia, 2 days
The guides of Mr. John Carr will take us to the jungle.
On the way back stop in the lodge for a fantastic typical lunch.
Relax in the pool of the hotel, dinner and overnight.
Thanks to our connections the passing will be faster.
Once in Guatemala move ahead to the National Park of Tikal.
Here you will discover a beautifil flora and if you are lucky you can also see some animals crossing your way.
Once reach the enrance, pay the ticket and enter in the magnificiente world of Tikal.
You will be impressed about the monumental sites and the beautiful park.
After few hours straight back to Belize and to Placencia at your hotel.