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Tikal was a Mayan city of great power and size. Many beautiful buildings have been uncovered and many more wait to be discovered. Amongst the many Mayan sites in Central America, Tikal is perhaps the most breathtaking because it is completely enveloped by the jungle. The sight of the temples poking through the canopy is quite awesome.
Flora and fauna
If one goes early enough in the morning (or better still, stays at one of the hotels in the park), it's possible to see and hear the monkeys. Spider monkeys sleep together in large groups, but during the day they disperse. It's easiest to see them when they've woken up and are beginning to move around. The other kind of monkey is the howler monkey, which is more often heard than seen.
The park's main gate opens at 06:00, and officially closes at 18:00. Buses and minibuses come in from all surrounding areas on a well maintained road. Tickets are purchased at the main gate, which is some miles away from the visitors center, where everyone parks.
Cost is Q50 and must be paid in Quetzales.
The visitor's center hosts a number of souvenir shops, selling T-shirts and assorted local handicrafts.
The Jungle Lodge offers dinners, and some travellers report that it is better than the Tikal Inn.
There are several comedores (food stalls) on the road leading from the ruins entrance to Flores.
Three hotels located next to the Tikal National Park entrance provide basic accommodation. They have the advantage of letting you get to the park before dawn to watch the sun rise, and the jungle awake, from atop one of the pyramids.
It's also possible to sleep in Flores (Guatemala) and take a shuttle bus from there to the park.
There is also a campsite (free?) near the park entrance, in the vicinity of the hotels.
Security in the park seems to be decent (2005), with tourist police patrols on ATVs. The oft-mentioned crime wave in and around Tikal was 2000-2001, prior to the formation of the tourist police.