tikal + guatemala

I have wanted to visit the ruins at Tikal for a long time now. It was one of the most important cities in the Mayan world and the temples and structures that remain today are some of the best. The tallest structure at Tikal is 65 meters tall – Temple IV, the temple of the two-headed serpent – which reaches high above the jungle canopy below. It is also one of the few Mayan pyramids you can still climb to the top.

This is also the location used in the first Star Wars movie to represent Yavin base – where Luke Skywalker and a small group of fighters attack and – spoiler alert – destroy the first Death Star.

It was quite the adventure to get there in back, but in the end it was 100% worth it. We loved hiking to the top of the temples and seeing the pyramids poking above the canopy of the jungle below. This ended up being one of our favourite ruins we have ever visited.

Tikal Ruins poking above the jungle. 2018.

Pyramid through the Vines. 2018.

Looking Up. 2018.

The best view. 2018.

Tkal. 2018.

Tikal. 2018.

Staircase. 2018.

Tikal. 2018.

Just looking. 2018.

Temple IV. 2018.

Tikal Ruins poking above the jungle. 2018.

Tikal vs the Jungle. 2018.

Covered in Moss. 2018.

Tikal Ruins. 2018.

Staircase. 2018.