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Fri Oct 14, 2016, 09:51 PM

The Tikal and the Mayan refuse to give up their mysterious secrets

The Tikal and the Mayan refuse to give up their mysterious secrets

Travel Writer: Brendan Butler tries to uncover what happened to a people and a civilisation

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Brendan Butler

Tikal, in the north of Guatemala in Central America, is a relatively newly discovered wonder of the ancient world, 90 per cent of which still remains to be revealed. Tikal is to Guatemala what the Pyramids are to Egypt they are both national symbols of their respective countries.

The nine-hour drive north from Guatemala city to Tikal in a pickup truck was an ordeal, the potholed roads reminiscent of Irish roads pre-Celtic tiger days .

The ruins of the Mayan city are now part of the Tikal National Park, situated within the one-million-hectare Mayan Biosphere Reserve created in 1990 to protect this valuable cultural area from further degradation mainly due to illegal logging and the slash and burn agricultural practices of the area.



Tikal National Park.

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