Photo of the Week: Tikal

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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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