Tikal is among world's travel wonders - even today the local hotels (3!) offer rustic comfort with only 10 hours of generated electricity each day. Staying ovenright is economical and highly advised.
Miguel Angel Asturias wrote "Only Guatemala is comparable to itself" he described a land of natural dreamscapes...mysterious presences and absences" Tikal, the largest known Mayan City, is inconmparable in the same way; its size imposing and intimidating, its setting lush and teeming with wildlife.
The imagination reels, there are reliefs, pyramids, temples of the extinguished city. The damp murmur of the arryos, voices, crepitations of the intertangling vines, the sound of flapping wings, all trickle into immense sea of silence. Everything palpitates, breathes, exhausting itself in green above the vast roof of Peten..."
The local wildlife have a bad habit of making traditional caches disapear, and given that this is a National Park of Guatemala I have decided to honor this historic and sacred site through the use of a virtual cache.
Visit the above coordinates (sunset is a great time to go and listen to the howler monkeys while you're trekking to the site) and be very careful climbing the steep steps! Standing with the setting sun behind you, count the number of stone structures you can see above the jungle canopy. Email me this number (and a picture if you can swing it) to validate your find.
Total time should be 90 minutes to 2 hours. Remember the park closes as soon as sunset occurs, and for your safety it is best to accompany the Park guide who will guide you to the exit. Take a water AND a flashlight for the hike out.