Tikal is the ruin of a city that is probably the largest archaeological site of Pre-Columbian Maya civilization. It is located in the rainforest in Guatemala. Most of the architecture from the city dates back to the 4th century BC.
Why it is special: One of the most powerful kingdoms of the ancient Maya, Tikal was a capital of a conquest state. After the knowledge of the ruins had come to light, Tikal became a prime focus for tourists as well as treasure hunters looking for ancient artifacts and treasures. The money earned from tourism is utilized to protect the rainforests surrounding this ancient city.