Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Ancient City of Tikal

Tikal is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centres of the pre-colombian Mayan civilization, and a conquest state that became one of the most powerful kingdoms of the ancient Maya.

This is a howler monkey. They sound exactly like the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park when they howl. It's a terrifyingly magnificent sound that echoes all throughout the jungle and the ancient crumbling walls of Tikal.

this is the sound of howler monkeys howling

A white-nosed coati whose tail tip was painted green by a food vendor, because he is a scavenger thief.
Another tricky coati

The temple of the Great Jaguar above

The Rain God head decorates the facade of his temple.

Mayan bedroom

spider monkey

The temples of the Great Jaguar King for Jasaw Chan K'awil and his queen 's temple, the Temple of the Mask face each other from opposite ends of the great plaza. This photo was taken standing on top of the tallest temple at Tikal, their son's, Yik’in Chan Kawil.

If you're interested, there's lots more to learn about Tikal here.

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