If you have not heard about Guatemala, maybe you have heard of the Mayas. The Mayas were an ancient civilization that ruled most of Latin America before the Spaniards came to America, they were known for their astrological studies and their stone pyramids. In Guatemala, you can find the ancient Mayan city of Tikal, it is located in the North of the country in Peten and it is one of the county’s most visited places by tourists. I have been to Tikal twice, once when I was about 14 years old and the second this past year, at 23 years old. The first time I visited Tikal, it was exciting but it was not exactly what a teenage boy wants to be doing, especially if that said boy was not into adventure at all. The second time I went, it was different; the desire to explore was running through my veins… yet, I was terrified. I have always considered myself a city type of guy, and the reason why is because I feel in control in a city. When I am in another environment, in this case a jungle, I am invading the territory of many animals and I would not know what to do if a wild animal came at me. Fortunately, Tikal is a very safe place and the only likely encounter you will have with wild animals will be with howling monkeys. There are two main attractions at Tikal: El Gran Jaguar, which is the most iconic Mayan pyramid and going up El Templo IV. An activity I would definitely recommend is to climb El Templo IV before sunrise, and appreciate all the flora and fauna from above while the sun greets a new day.