Deep in the rainforest of northern Guatemalan lies Tikal, the ruins of one of the most powerful kingdoms of ancient Maya. Discovered in 1848, more than 3000 structures can be seen on the site. And thousands of mounds with tree roots winding through them are yet to be excavated. The thought of all the historical treasures right there waiting to be unearthed sent me spiraling down the rabbit hole of my imagination! Tikal is one of the largest archeological sites of the pre-Colombian Mayan civilization discovered to date. It was populated as early as the 4th century but reached its peak during the classic period (200 – 900 AD) at which point it was abandoned. Overpopulation, pollution, and drought are the prevalent theories as to why.

Winding pathways through the jungle linked various sites. It took hours and hours to explore the entire site.
View from the top of one of the many of temples
The central acropolis
The Mayans believed the ceiba tree was the sacred tree of life
A wandering wild turkey
View from the top an astrological temple
On the beach in El Salvador I bought some salted, dried fish that reminded me of the fish jerky my dad made when we lived in the north. But I realized that it was probably only salted. So I’ve been carting this fish around with me until I was able to cook it today. It was a few different kinds of fish and was good but I’m glad to get it out of my pack.

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