It was an early start (0430) to drive the 63km to Tikal, once we got there I parted the rest of the group (due to my aversion to tour guides) and what a good decision it turned out to be. I immediately headed to the main plaza where two of the largest temples are also situated (Temples I and II). After exporing a while I headed further into the jungle to Temple IV past Temple III which is yet to be excavated so it gave an impression of what the first explorers would have seen.
Whilst sat atop Temple IV (63m high) you could see right across the top of the jungle canopy which stretch in every direction as far as the eye could see. Poking through the trees were the tops of Temples I, II, III and V, impressive structures built to honour long dead kings of a long extinct society.
The tranquility was only broken by howler monkeys which sounded like a dinosaur’s roar, when they were silent only the tropical birds could be heard. It was a truly special place where one could spend hours just sitting and enjoying the views and peace.
One of my favourite places I’ve ever visited and during the hour and half I sat there not one tour group came up!
The rest of the day was spent visiting the many other temples in the Tikal complex. Exploring and climbing where I probably shouldn’t have been and constantly being in awe of the architecture built over a millennium ago.