My life is still balancing out; we found a car, but I’ve been sick all week, and found myself behind on homework. I am working hard to bring you all great content in the coming months!
For this post I wanted to share with you photos from my recent trip to the historic site, Tikal, in Guatemala. Located in a National park, Tikal is the ruins of an ancient Mayan city, thought to have been called Yax Mutal by the Mayan people. It is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centers of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. Keep an eye out for a Destination post with cool tips for traveling to Tikal! For now, enjoy my travel photos.
-The Globetrotting Scientist
The ancient Mayans studied astronomy. They calculated the position of the sun based on the time of year. The celebrated the Fall and Spring Equinox and the Summer and Winter Solstice.
They built some of their temples and monuments based on the position of the sun at certain times of year.
They used some structures to observe the stars.
Today we have an amazing view of the rain forest.
The entire site made up a large city in ancient Mayan times. It was abandoned when the Spanish conquistadors began their conquest of Latin America.
Much of the city hasn’t been excavated, due to the risk of erosion and high cost of maintenance. However, the city center (pictured above and below) has been mostly restored.
The city was built by hand, on the backs of the lower-class workers.
They did not use pack animals, so every stone was carried by humans.
The average life expectancy of a lower class Mayan was 25-30 years, due to the nature of this hard labor.
Today many Guatemalans have incorporated their historical Mayan culture into Catholicism. When we visited, many locals were gathering to celebrate.
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