SOURCE: Guatemalan Tourism Board

September 01, 2015 11:32 ET

Tikal, Guatemala Makes Lonely Planet's Ultimate Travelers' Bucket List

GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA--(Marketwired - September 01, 2015) - The Guatemalan Tourism Board (INGUAT) is proud to announce that Lonely Planet, the largest travel guide book publisher in the world, has named Tikal, Guatemala one of the 20 best destinations in the world.

The ancient Mayan city of Tikal was named number 14 in Lonely Planet's Ultimate Travelers' Bucket list for its significance as one of the most important cities during Mayan civilization.

"INGUAT is incredibly humbled to have Tikal named in Lonely Planet's list along with famed international hot-spots like Petra in Jordan and Sagrada Familia in Spain," said Brenda Zaldana, Director of Marketing for the Tourism Board. "Guatemalan's feel proud to be home to such a mecca of ancient Mayan culture and invite people from all walks of life to experience it for themselves."

Tikal National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site located within the northern region in the Petén jungle. Home to a wide variety of wildlife, travelers can explore the ground of what was a major pre-Columbian political, economic and military center of the Mayans.

Lonely Planet included Tikal to their global list for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Filled with palpable notes of jungle, earth and stone, the air of Tikal feels suitably timeless. Twelve hundred years ago, one would be walking through a bustling Mayan metropolis. Today, people are greeted by haunted jungle ambience: wind through vines, animal cries and the occasional cacophony of squawks emitted by the birds that now call the formerly great city home.
  • Tikal is Guatemala's most significant Mayan ruin site, and although archaeologists say it once rivalled Rome in size, population and political clout, less than 10% of its buildings have been excavated.

Lonely Planet is the world's most successful travel publisher, printing over 120 million books in eleven different languages. Along with guidebooks and eBooks to almost every destination on the planet, Lonely Planet also produces a range of gift and reference titles, an award-winning website and magazine and a range of digital travel products and apps.

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About Guatemala

Nested in Central America is Guatemala, the heart of the Mayan world. A place where a modern capital city melds seamlessly with the country's colonial and indigenous past, Guatemala is the path less traveled offering enlightening experiences beyond what meets the eye. From ancient Mayan ruins that emerge from the lush rainforests and architecturally impressive colonial cities with colorful outdoor markets, to countless adventures and natural wonders such as untouched forest reserves, volcanoes and pristine lakes, Guatemala presents Life Lessons worth living. The country is also home to three UNESCO World Heritage sites: the colonial city of Antigua, the Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua and the Tikal National Park. For more information, visit

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