Tikal National Park, Guatemala
Captivating Tikal is a place like nowhere else on Earth — a fantastical land of dense jungle and long-abandoned ancient monuments. Travel here and you’ll feel like a real-life Indiana Jones, exploring ruined cities that the forest has reclaimed, with great stone monuments and crumbling pyramids amongst the archaeological treasures to be discovered.
The Mayans first settled here in 900BC — but their fabled kingdom having been abandoned more than 1000 years ago, nature has long since taken over. Once under threat from loggers, the dense forests of the Peten are protected these days and thousands of ruined structures can be found beneath the thick foliage.
Toucans, parrots and monkeys are at home in the treetops, whilst down on the forest floor there’s always another trail to follow and another ancient wonder to be found. It’s a magical place, albeit a little eerie, and for those drawn to the world’s wildest corners, Tikal beckons time and time again.