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A side view of Temple II (I think) facing the Plaza Mayor in Tikal, Guatemala.

We visited Tikal at the end of a 10-day trip through Guatemala. We camped there, and I don't recommend doing that at that time of year (May). It was hot, humid, and very uncomfortable. But the ruins were amazing and paying a little extra for the early entry was well worth it. To get this shot without anybody in it required a lot of patience...

From Wikipedia: Tikal was one of the major cultural and population centers of the Maya civilization. Though monumental architecture at the site dates to the 4th century BC, Tikal reached its apogee during the Classic Period, ca. 200 to 900 AD, during which time the site dominated the Maya region politically, economically, and militarily while interacting with areas throughout Mesoamerica, such as central Mexican center of Teotihuacan. There is also evidence that Tikal was even conquered by Teotihuacan in the 4th century. Following the end of the Late Classic Period, no new major monuments were built at Tikal and there is evidence that elite palaces were burned. These events were coupled with a gradual population decline, culminating with the site’s abandonment by the end of the 10th century.

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  • Copyright: Justin JK (JustinAK) Silver Note Writer [C: 6 W: 0 N: 30] (117)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2007-05-05
  • Categories: Architecture, Ruins
  • Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2009-01-23 12:04
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