Monday, November 12, 2012


 The first thing you encounter as you enter Tikal Park is the scale model. The place was enormous.Most of the Park is still covered by jungle. to uncover all the ruins would be a huge task of debris removal and disposal. So in order to show the temples the debris would destroy the countryside. So it was determined years ago to expose tops of pyramids and side of some of the buildings. Tikal was discovered in 1842.
 National tree of Guatemala, the ceiba.
 Gran Temple overlooking the Peten.
These new squares filled with water were placed all over the park. Apparently they are there for animals to get a drink. The Peten is a thin layer of top soil over limestone so water disperses quickly so very few watering holes. Jaguars, birds and monkees frequent these holes.

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