In the very heart of Central America is Guatemala; a must for every tourist who is interested in nature, culture and history, a country with extraordinary ethnographic variety, cultural wealth, geographic diversity and a zone of economical and cultural contacts between all the cultures of Central America.
There are many ways to explore Guatemala. You can travel on your own or with some friends who are local and who can show you around and tell you more about the local culture and history. You can also choose to join one of the organized jungle tours, offered by many travel agencies.
North of Guatemala City lay the Tikal Ruins, the site of what was once a cultural Mecca of ancient times. The great dynasties of Tikal included some of the most famed of kings as well as several queens too.
In 1979, Tikal National Park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site for the many offerings that it gave to the world. The technology, the architecture, the very atmosphere are the best reasons that Tikal ruins should be on your list of places to visit in Mayan territory.
Unlike Chichen Itza and Tikal, Copan is very little known by the outside world. Nonetheless, this Mayan site is one of the most important sites in the Mayan world. Because of its vast gambit of hieroglyphic texts, Copan is considered an intelligencia among the Mayan world settlements. The site, located in the Copan Valley of Honduras has recently been subject to meticulous study and investigation due to the wealth of history and culture found in the inscriptions on the temples and stellae.
Referred to as the most artistically advanced and elaborate of all the cities, Copan we deemed a heritage of humanity site in 1980 by UNESCO. Continuous study of the city by archaeologists for over a century has made it the most studied city of the Maya.
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