Tikal, in Itza Maya, translates to “The Place of the Voices”. Located just over an hour across the Guatemalan border, the ancient city of Tikal is an UNESCO World Heritage site and an awesome combination of nature and archaeology.
It is the largest Maya City in all of Central America and was considered one of the most powerful kingdoms of the ancient Maya. Tikal reached its height during the Classic Period, 200 to 900 AD. During this time, Tikal dominated much of the Maya region politically, economically, and militarily.
Tikal is regarded as one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. It is estimated that 1 million people worked over 1,000 years to build this city. At least 3,000 palaces, dating back 6,000 years, have been discovered here.