Tikal My Fancy

Tikal, Guatemala

Tikal, Guatemala

My first postcard, and boy is it a great one, from Guatemala was sent to me by Alejandra. Tikal is one of the largest archaeological sites of the Mayans… Kidding Monica, I am kidding. MAYA. Tikal is situated in the Tikal National Park in Guatemala and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. Definitely deserves that title in my humble opinion. Tikal was the capital of one of the most powerful Maya kingdoms and dominated the region economically, politically and militarily between 200 BC and 900 AD. The name, Tikal, is from the Yucatec Maya language and means “at the waterhole.” This was not the original name though, but the name given to it upon its discovery in the 1840s. The original name of the city was in fact Yax Mutal, which means “first Mutal.” I guess one would have to know what a mutal is in order to understand even that name though. It is estimated that Tikal had a population of between 10 000 and 90 000 people. Either way, it sure did seem like a great city, considering the time. Thank you Alejandra, what a brilliant piece of history is encapsulated into this postcard!