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Each Saturday from now on, I’ll be sharing a photo with you from my travels around the world.

This week, the photo comes from Tikal National Park in Guatemala.

In the middle of the jungle in Guatemala, there lies one of the largest collections of Mayan ruins in the world. Tikal — a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979 — was at one time a major capital of the ancient Mayan civilization. Today, tourists from all over the world visit the site to wander around the ruins, which seem to just grow out of the jungle. This particular photo is of Temple I (also called the Temple of the Great Jaguar or the Temple of Ah Cacao). The temple is a funerary pyramid dedicated to a Mayan ruler who was entombed in the structure around the year 730.


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16 Responses to Photo of the Week: Tikal

  1. Arti says:

    Beautiful shot! The cloud pattern accentuates the beauty of the pyramid!
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  2. Such a lovely shot! The green of the grass is really amazing :)
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    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thank you! It’s actually an HDR shot, which is why the colors pop so much! But I also got lucky and was there when both the light and the clouds were great!

  3. Nico says:

    Beautiful temple set against nice clouds. Must have had great fun exploring this place.
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  4. Hogga says:

    I agree, it is a gorgeous shot!

  5. Ryan says:

    What an imposing but beautiful structure. Tikal is on the too of my list for Mayan temples to visit.
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  6. Great pic, just pinned it! I’ve only been to the Mayan ruins on the Yucatan, this looks gorgeous though…just added it to my bucket list board!
    Lauren (@Britt0nia) recently posted..Photo of the Week: Shanghai Lights

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks! I was really surprised to find out just how many Mayan ruin sites AREN’T on the Yucatan! Belize and Guatemala actually have loads!

  7. Adam says:

    This is one of the places I want to see more than anywhere in Central America!
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  8. Vi says:

    I still need to find my way to Latin America :)
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    • DangerousBiz says:

      Definitely! This was my first foray down that way, and I really enjoyed it. So much so that I’m going back to Central America in March!

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