ASTROTURISM IN TIKAL

Tikal is located in Petén department in northern Guatemala, approximately 700 kilometers from Guatemala City, Tikal belongs to the classic Mayan period between 200 and 900 AD, the Mayans were great astronomers, and creators of the Number 0 and the first to replace the trade or exchange for Cocoa beans, them used this such as money.

 

Astrology was fundamental for the Mayans, because astrology made the development of two important things, both spiritual and material. The Mayans were  right  in their calculations, especially of the synodic periods of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, Were very accurate as far as the solar and lunar periods were concerned, also the stars such as the Tzab-ek or rattlesnakes.

The Mayan calendar had 260 days considered as one of the most enigmatic, many based it with human gestation. The central part of astrology was known as Wakah Chan, which related to Xibalba, or rather the road to the underworld. They had a zodiac based on the passage of the sun through the fixed constellations. This can be found in the number 10 stela of Tikal. Like this stela told us the end of a era not the end of the times Hollywood made the movie 2012.

 

Mayan priests were the only ones who had knowledge in astronomy, but the people respected their priests, and what they said about astronomy.

 

It’s funny to see how Hollywood launches its movie 2012, where it was said that December 21, 2012 was the end of the world, the truth is taken all Bactum, or Baktum is a period of time comprised in 144,000 days and as the last Baktum found that the last period ends on December 21, 2012, That is the reason why Hollywood made the movie 2012. Them does not understood which was the end of a era?  Them thought the end of the world on that date, the mayans never saids something about, the end of the world, anyway no one knows how them disappear,  some people says was a yellow flu, other people thinks them went to mars, is many theories about how the mayans disappear of the places them were. When the spainshconquers  came to Guatemala that by the way the real meaning of Guatemala cames from the Quiche language that means Place of trees, the real word was Coactemalán, but maybe the use, maybe the difficult pronunciation of the world let the word Guatemala such as we know now!

 

The Astroturism is a tourism that has to see with the Milkyway the Astronomy and mayans, why? Well because all the activity is development on the National Park Tikal, was declared World Heritage of Humanity by Unesco in 1979. On this tour we enter on the night to the National Park Tikal, the entrance fee is included, on the months among Octuber thru March we can do the Astrotourism because the sky are clear and is dry season on Guatemala.  If you like the adventure you can sleep in a tend inside the national park, if you do not like the adventure we can suggest an Hotel close to the national Park Tikal.

On this activity our tour guide will show you how the mayan people use to watch the milky way and the stars, them does not use the today´s way to call the  senior and junior bear, them associates the constellations with the animals who lives around them such as snakes, alligators, reptiles. Our tour guide will show you how them use to see the milky way with a laser light.

 

It is said that the Mayans found immortality in the sea, and curiously the city of Tikal is far from the sea, but seems that beneath Tikal use to pass a river.  The Mayas also owe them the discovery of a precious stone called Jade that was of ceremonial character, and whose emperors and Priests were buried with them to find immortality, even them took out their tooths for put jade in the empty spaces. Jade stone them use  was green color, is a hard stone, people says that who gift jade has a blessing, who steal jade has a curse. Now people on Guatemala discover other Jade colors the expensivest is what we call the purpule jade or Lilac.

We wait for you for have the experience, this activity has more archelogical spots, not only Tikal, we would like you discover ,Tikal discover the mayan secrets, discover Guatemala.

 

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