Tikal (Petén, Guatemala)Time Lapse Movie
A Major Mayan city and UNESCO world heritage site

© Stéphane Guisard, Los Cielos de Los Mayas

Credit: Stéphane Guisard / IDAEH-Tikal

Tikal (or Tik'al according to the modern Mayan orthography) is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centres of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. It is located in the archaeological region of the Petén Basin in what is now northern Guatemala. Situated in the department of El Petén, the site is part of Guatemala's Tikal National Park and in 1979 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tikal was the capital of a conquest state that became one of the most powerful kingdoms of the ancient Maya. Though monumental architecture at the site dates back as far as the 4th century BC, Tikal reached its apogee during the Classic Period, ca. 200 to 900 AD. During this time, the city dominated much of the Maya region politically, economically, and militarily, while interacting with areas throughout Mesoamerica such as the great metropolis of Teotihuacan in the distant Valley of Mexico. There is evidence that Tikal was conquered by Teotihuacan in the 4th century AD. 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. Tikal is the best understood of any of the large lowland Maya cities, with a long dynastic ruler list, the discovery of the tombs of many of the rulers on this list and the investigation of their monuments, temples and palaces. Text above taken from Wikipedia.

Deseo expresar mis mas profundos agradecimientos al Ministro de Cultura de Guatemala, al INGUAT, al IDAEH y Parque Nacional Tikal por haber hecho posible este trabajo. Agradezco también sinceramente a Adriana, Federico, Fredy y Victor por su ayuda en la preparación y el buen desarrollo de este proyecto.

Time lapse movie showing several of the numerous temples at Tikal. Many monuments of the original city are still to be discovered below the dense vegetation.