The Mayans were not a bicycle friendly culture. First, they failed to invent the wheel as a tool for transportation. Second, they built their temple complexes on top of hills.
On our continued bicycle tour, that I recently and myopically call “Maya Tour: Road to Ruins 2013 – 2014” (buy the t-shirt, get the pun for free), we bicycled uphill a lot. Today, the route to the Mayan complex of Tikal was no exception.
The Tikal complex is massive, covering 550 square kilometers (135,908 acres). We arrived on site and had an hour before the park closed to get a sunset preview. After a fast, twenty minute walk, we arrived in the Grand Plaza to see the golden glow of the setting sun to illuminate Temple I. The view from the top of Temple II provided a small taste of what we hoped to see the following day.