Tikal in Guatemala was discovered in the 18th century and has been excavated and studied since 1881. The total area of Tikal is enormous, over 576 km2 of which most and largest monuments are in the center of 1200 by 1600 meters. The first monarch in inscriptions from 200 b.c. is called, is Yax-Moch-Xok. The Maya considered him the forefather of the Tikal royal family. Around 250 a.c. Tikal had grown into a giant Maya city in Guatemala.
Pictures Maya ruins in Belize and Guatemala
Below are the pictures of the Maya ruins Altun Ha is a 1-hour drive away from Belize City. From San Ignacio are the following Maya ruins within reach: Cahal Pech located in San Ignacio itself, Caracol with its main pyramid Caana on a 2 hour drive through the jungle and Xunantunich with its famous temple El Castillo a 30-minute drive away. From Flores in Guatemala Tikal takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes.