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The Incredible Mayan Ruins of Tikal, Guatemala

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The Incredible Mayan Ruins of Tikal, Guatemala

Exploring the spectacular, ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal in northern Guatemala.
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The Incredible Mayan Ruins of Tikal, Guatemala

Guide to visiting Flores & Tikal Guatemala (2019) Mayan Ruins

In this episode we stay on in the picturesque town of Flores in Guatemala and share with you our experience of visiting the Mayan site of Tikal.

Flores is a small and beautiful town located on and island in a lake. The island is easily accessible as it is connected to .the mainland by a bridge. We show you all the island. Flores is a meca for tourist arriving in Guatemala from Belize or as a final stop before heading to Belize and is the main place that tourists stay to visit the Mayan Ruins of Tikal.

We took a day tour to the Mayan Ruins of Tikal, which are located approximate one and a half hours drive from Flores. A site filled with mystery - make sure you have a guided tour as the guides are very knowledgable and without them you would be walking around the ruins and tikal without learning anything about the Mayan history or way of life - they're also great for spotting and pointing our wildlife on the way.

We recommend visiting Tikal early in the morning as by 11am the weather is very hot and nearly 40 degrees celsius. We left at 4.30am and there is a tour that leaves around 3am if you want to watch the sun rise over the ruins.

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Exploring TIKAL, The Most Impressive Mayan Ruins In Guatemala

The EPIC view of Tikal really took our breath away. We spent the day exploring the most beautiful Maya ruins in Guatemala. Tikal National Park is home to over 60.000 buildings of which only a fraction has been excavated. The temples are situated in the middle of the jungle. The surroundings really give it an impressive atmosphere. As we were walking in the jungle between the temples, we came across a bunch of wildlife, which was a really cool extra. We highly recommend to visit Tikal, as it is such an amazing site to explore. You can hire a guide at the entrance to give you a tour. We recommend staying on the beautiful island of Flores, where you can easily book a tour to visit the temples of Tikal.

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Nach einer doch längeren Busfahrt sind wir endlich in Flores, Guatemala angekommen. Ein Hostel hatte ich nicht, also musste ich mir eines suchen. Ursprünglich wollte ich direkt auf der Insel Flores nächtigen, klappte jedoch mangels freien Betten nicht. Habe auf der gegenüberliegenden Seite jedoch ein ruhiges Plätzchen gefunden worüber ich sehr dankbar war. Von Flores aus, ging es zu einer Sonnenaufgangstour in das 60km entfernt gelegene Tikal alte Mayaruinen besichtigen. Von Flores aus, ging es per privatem Minivan nach Antigua in den Süden. Der Minivan war einmalig, günstiger und bei Nacht durchaus sicherer. Keine Touristenwerbung und ein Local als Fahrer. Antigua ist eine kleine schnuckelige spanische Kolonialstadt und liegt auf ca. 1550 Metern höhe. Entsprechend kühleres Wetter erwartete uns. Viel gemacht habe ich nicht, eher bisschen durch die Stadt laufen und essen. Von Antigua aus, geht es nun nach El Tunco, El Salvador etwas am Strand und Pool abhängen.

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Exploring Underground in the Tikal Ruins in Guatemala - The Adventure of a Lifetime

The adventure of a lifetime exploring the Tikal ruins in Guatemala. While walking down random trails, we stumbled upon some carved holes in the ground. With a heart of adventure, we went in to see what the underground ruin was and where it led! Spiders, tarantulas, scorpions, snakes... no matter! We pressed on despite the fear I have for spiders!

Tikal is a ruin city consisting of huge temples and many undiscovered ruins. The city of Tikal is one of the largest Mayan cities discovered. It is absolutely breath taking to go underground, above the trees and all around exploring this ancient civilization. It is amazing to see what ancient civilizations accomplished thousands of years ago!

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Guatemala: The Mayan City of Tikal

Deep in the Guatemalan Jungle are the ruins of Tikal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once capital of one of the most powerful kingdoms of the ancient Maya, Tikal was built to honour Great King Moon Double Comb. Lord Chocolate, as he was also known, came to power around 700 AD when the cacao tree was worshipped by the Maya of Central America. The ruins of Tikal are located in the Mayan biosphere a 2400 sq km nature reserve that extends into Mexico and Belize and is one of the most impressive archaeological sites of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. For more information visit and check out episode #56 in the International category.

Guatemala Ruins of Tikal

Taking a walk around the Ruins of Tikal in Guatemala. We don't do a lot of research, but just wandering around the Tikal Ruins listening to the jungle was awesome.

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The Lost lord Chocolate - True Mayan History from Tikal Temple I

The Mayan Legend of the Lost lord Chocolate of Tikal

The true story of who found the Mayan Lord Chocolate mummy. This historical, archaeological find was done by a Mayan himself.


An exclusive interview arranged for us by the Black Jaguar (Danilo Rodriguez) on the true story behind many archeological tomb finds in Mayan Guatemala. Many of these amazing discoveries were made by Mr. Julian Tot Bol. He found more than 20 tombs of Mayan kings and royalty in Tikal and along the Blue River.

It is with great pleasure that we had these discussions with Mr. Bol and his son, Julio Yat. This video interview, a documentary of sorts, describes his find at Blue River. But the most amazing story, in the more than one hour of footage we made in Flores, Guatemala at our hotel, was the facts about the discovery and mystery behind the Lord Chocolate.

Lord Chocolate, AKA (Also Know as) Ah Cacaw was found in a hidden tomb, discovered by digger Bol at the Grand Temple I of the Giant Jaguar in lovely Tikal (Peten, Guatemala). This temple, also know as Temple of Ah Cacao (Temple of Lord Chocolate), was built in 732 AD. Jasaw Chan K'awiil I also known as Ruler A, Ah Cacao and Sky Rain, (before 682-734), was an ajaw of the Maya city of Tikal. He took the throne on May 3, 682 and reigned until his death. (Wikipedia, link below)

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Here is an excerpt from, the Penn Museum from 1963 from an article penned by the head archaeologist himself, Aubrey Trik:
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And then we get into the closest part where they will acknowledge that the digger was responsible for this find. Actually, as you will hear in this exclusive interview done on location in Tikal, Guatemala, it was even his own initiative as the rest of the team was giving up! We read,

The tomb proved to be elusive Expected and familiar data–floors, types of fill, sherd samples, and even caches–were encountered, collected, recorded, and studied as soon as the tunnel had penetrated the stairway, but none of the customary signs that forecast a burial was recognized until the excavation had been pushed about twenty-five feet toward the center of the pyramid. The presence of quantities of flint and obsidian chips in fill overlying tomb construction is a distinctive trait of Maya burial practices in the Peten, and numerous instances have been found at Tikal in association with burials of both Early Classic and Late Classic periods. Consequently, when the pickman began to encounter pockets of flint chips in the stone and mud-mortar fill it was optimistically taken for granted that an important burial was not far ahead or below the area that


It is interesting to note about Temple I (Temple of the Grand Jaguar,). The Maya in Tikal considered Temple I to be a portal to the Underworld itself. “His royal tomb included several kilos of jade, shells and pottery. Ha Sawa Chaan K'awil (Lord Chocolate or Ah Cacaw”) was almost 6 ft. tall and his body was left under Temple I after his death with a richly adorned burial, which was excavated by archaeologist Aubrey Trik in 1962. The temple complex may represent the Full Cycle of Life itself.!” Source:

Next, we will get into the real story this Maya Kekchi tomb digger has to tell us about the claims of Aubrey Trik, the once chief archeologist in Tikal from the University of PA. We will hear how the tomb was REALLY discovered and learn that the remains and treasures of Lord Chocolate are MISSING- a true mystery!

Documentary and interview about the tomb diggers of Mayan kings in Tikal, Peten, Guatemala with background footage from Tikal, The Black Jaguar and My Bol.


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Mysterious Maya: Who Was He?
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Aubrey S. Trik
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Lost Mayan Remains of Lord Chocolate, the Giant Jaguar from Tikal, Guatemala.
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BELIZE & GUATEMALA: AMAZING TIKAL and ATM CAVE (MAYAN HISTORY) - REISVLOG #24

Crossing the border from Mexico to Belize went oh so smooth. After a 4 hour busdrive from Bacalar we arrived in Belize City. We were overwhelmed by our first impressions of this country.

Not at all what we expected. This is what we love about travel. Countries and people will always surprise you in a positive way.

From Belize City we went directly to San Ignacio were we visited the Mayan ATM cave and the Xunantunich temple. After that it was already time to leave Belize and travel into Guatemala.

Think the boarder-crossing Mexico Belize was easy? try the crossing between Belize and Guatemala. Never seen something like it.

In Guatemala we arrived in Flores after a 2 hour ride in a Collectivo (a shared mini van stuffed with locals, tourists, onions and potatoes).

There is a lot to see in and around Flores but the main attraction has to be the Mayan Ruins of Tikal. A beautiful sight in which we have wandered for hours and hours. The History of Tikal is just as incredible as its ruins.

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Touring the Mayan ruins at Tikal in Guatemala with guide Mariela Mayen. This interview ran on my radio show, National Geographic Weekend.

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TRAVELLING YOGI VLOG 4: Ancient Maya - Tikal, Guatemala

What does ancient Mayan culture have to do with us today? As we continue to excavate the complex ruins of lifetimes ago, we are no doubt uncovering many layers of our own collective existence, and raising deeper questions. What have we buried? What is left unseen as we stagger towards new stratospheres? And what are we offering?

Tikal National Park, in the northern jungles of Guatemala, boasts one of the crowning jewels of ancient Maya civilization - the city & ceremonial site of Tikal, settled as early as 900 B.C., and then later abandoned for reasons yet unknown. With soaring temples that invite us to ascend, and earthen structures that conjure up the underworld... If these spaces could speak, what would they say?

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Tikal - the amazing Mayan "Star Wars" ruins @ Tikal, Guatemala

Taking the early morning tour of the breath taking Tikal temple area of the ancient Mayans.

Climbing Tikal Ruins in Guatemala

Exploring Tikal Ruins in Guatemala has always been on the top of my list. Not only is the Guatemalan jungle in Peten beautiful, but having the opportunity to walk amongst the archeology of Tikal Ruins to see, feel and just imagine what it was like to live during its peak, is an unforgettable experience.

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In Feb 2018, using LiDAR sensing technology, scientists were able to virtually remove the jungle canopy and discovered that the already massive Mayan city of Tikal was actually part of a megalopolis. This discovery, which we are so lucky to be a part of and watch, has changed everything we know of the Mayan Civilization today. Maybe we will even be able to figure out what happened to them.

Tikal is the largest UNESCO site in the America’s and was the first to contain both natural and archaeological certifications. The natural biosphere surrounding Tikal is 756 km squared, and the ruins up until Feb covered 16km squared.

Interested in finding out more about Tikal? Check out this article which contains more detailed information about Tikal, UNESCO rules, how to get there, and my personal experience.


Did you know that they can only re-store and reveal 1/3 of every building according to UNESCO rules?

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This is a walk through of the ancient Mayan city of Tikal in Guatemala. It is one of the largest and best restored of the mayan ruins. The walk starts in the late afternoon from Temple 4 from which you can look back east over the rest of the city. However, the ruins are only 20percent restored so most of the city is still shrouded in jungle with a few temples sticking up out of the trees. Ironically, it is those trees that hold the stones of the unrestored city in place. It was a hot day in the jungle but we hear birds and see spider monkeys jumping from a tree onto one of the temples.
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Tikal is an ancient Mayan citadel in the rainforests of northern Guatemala. Possibly dating to the 1st century A.D., Tikal flourished between 200 and 850 A.D. and was later abandoned. Its iconic ruins of temples and palaces include the giant, ceremonial Lost World (Mundo Perdido) Pyramid and the Temple of the Grand Jaguar. At 70 meters, Temple IV is the tallest pre-Columbian structure in the Americas.
Did you know: The dynastic line of Tikal, founded as early as the 1st century AD, spanned 800 years and included at least 33 rulers. wikipedia.org

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Welcome to Tikal, the impressive ancient town of one of the most powerful Mayan kingdoms!

Guatemala is known for being a region sprinkled with ancient town ruins, and Tikal is maybe one of the most fascinating ones. Today Tikal may be to Guatemala what the Great pyramids are to Egypt. Surrounded by rainforest, it is placed 300 kilometers north of Guatemala city.

It is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centers of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. In 1979 it was also declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The researchers estimate that it was populated by around 10,000 to as high as 90,000 inhabitants.

There were many speculations about the origin and meaning of its name, but its precise meaning still remains obscure. It didn’t get the name Tikal until its discovery in the 1840s. Before that, it was called Yax Mutal. Researches translated it as “the waterhole” because Tikal used to be a reservoir for hunters and travelers in the region. Alternative suggestions for the meaning of its name are the place of the voices in the Itza Maya language and First Mutal because Mutul was the name of the kingdom itself.

Even though the name itself remains a mystery, Tikal is still one of the best understood Maya cities, because the tombs of many rulers were discovered and the investigation of their monuments, temples, and palaces helped explain its history.


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Tikal, Guatemala. Day and Night. Mayan Ruins and Wild Animals.

Mayan civilization, temples, palaces, public squares.
Jungle, National park, wild animals.
View from the top of Temple IV at sunrise. Listen to the sounds of the awakening jungle. April 6-7, 2014
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