Saturday, January 23, 2010

Tikal Ruins, Guatemala

  While Egan and I chilled at the Parrot Nest, Tommy went on a tour of the ruins at Tikal in Guatemala. I had been there with Paul a few years back, so Tommy went solo. Here he is (very tiny!) in front of Temple 1.
  Here is Derek Mosher walking through the jungle toward yet another structure. Tommy met Derek and his sister Amanda on the tour and the ended up hanging with us the next few days.
  Here is the group that went on the tour---Tommy reports that the guide was great and has a video of him demonstrating how to eat a big ol' jungle ant.
  From Wikipedia: Tikal (or Tik’al according to the modern Mayan orthography) is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centres of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. It is located in the archaeological region of the Petén Basin in what is now modern-day northern Guatemala. Situated in the department of El Petén, the site is part of Guatemala's Tikal National Park and in 1979 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Tikal was the capital of a conquest state that became one of the most powerful kingdoms of the ancient Maya.Though monumental architecture at the site dates back as far as the 4th century BC, Tikal reached its apogee during the Classic Period, ca. 200 to 900 AD.
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