Tikal is national park protecting extensive Mayan ruins as well as the surrounding forest.
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1/28/2009: Tikal contains some of the better Mayan ruins that I have visited. We camped for a night here and spent a full day wandering around the ruins and surrounding forest. The highlight for me was randomly finding an Orange-breasted Falcon on Temple IV after not seeing the same bird the previous day at a Mountain Pine Ridge nesting site (due to fog). The lowlight was getting scammed by Cesar Carrera and San Juan Travel (after reading the recommendation to use them in the Lonely Planet guidebook... one of many lowlights provided by the Lonely Planet)
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