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  Aerial View Entering from the East (Main Gate)
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  • Aerial View Entering from the East (Main Gate) - Parque Nacional Tikal
      Aerial View Entering from the East (Main Gate)
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  • View Looking Toward the East - Parque Nacional Tikal
      View Looking Toward the East
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Favorite thing: The Visitor's Centre (located just before you enter the large car/tour bus park in front of the three hotels in Tikal National Park) is worth a visit if you get the chance. In addition to the usual small shops selling mementos of Tikal, there is a very large model depicting what Tikal would look like if all the vegetation were cleared away from the ~3000 structures located here.

The first photo shows the view generally looking into Tikal as you would see it when entering through the main gate where you must either buy or show your entrance ticket for the day (cost 50 Quetzales or US$6.50 per person). We entered via the small out of the way Complex Q and R temples in the right foreground before turning left onto the 'causeway' leading to the main area of Temples in the middle (normally you would take the more direct route straight into that area). Way over to the left side is the large Temple V which is fully excavated, while the smaller one to it's right (Temple VI) is actually still totally covered in jungle growth. Over at the top right is the tallest building at Tikal, Temple IV at the far end of the Park. The main area of temples in the middle of the photo includes Temple I, the complex of North Acropolis buildings and the smaller Temple II while Temple III towers almost in a straight line from there leading toward Temple IV.

Fondest memory: The second photo shows the view from the other end of the Park, with the Mundo Perdido temple in the foreground (the one we climbed for the sunset views) and Temple IV just out of the picture to the left. This angle gives a better view of the main tourist area of Tikal, starting with Temple III all by itself at the left side and then moving right to the short Temple II and the Acropolis buildings between it and Temple I (with it's large dark 'comb' on top).

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  • Updated Mar 12, 2006
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