How many steps?!
Tikal Travel Blog› entry 8 of 11 › view all entries
March 22nd, 2008 – by: barduini
There are five absolutely huge pyramids, amazing structures with fantastic views. We climbed a fiew of them on steep wooden staircases (a couple were more like ladders than stairs). Temple IV is 212 feet tall, still one of the tallest buildings in the area. In addition to the five largest buildings, there are a huge number of other structures, many of which are still unexcavated. Luis was able to take us along paths through the jungle, less trafficked by the many tourists at the site. At one point, we hiked up a huge hill to find a small stone building at the top. Luis explained that that is how many of the Maya sites were discovered - people reached the tops of hills only to realize that they were, in fact, huge buildings covered by trees and earth.
You could easily spend two days at Tikal and not see it all. A good guide makes a huge difference. We were able to see the highlights in a few hours, and learned a lot to boot. Spectacular!
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