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Acr贸polis del Sur & Templo V - Ruin - Guatemala

South of Gran Plaza is Acr贸polis del Sur, which is a massive area yet to be restored. This two-hectare mass of stonework is still covered by vines and trees. The palaces atop the masonry date back to the late-Classic period. Beside the acropolis stands the majestic Templo V, one of the tallest pyramids in Tikal standing at 58m. Built around AD 700 and abandoned in AD 900, excavations were only started in 1991. A civil war was believed to have taken place in the vicinity as remnants of buildings destroyed by the Mayans were uncovered here. Inside the temple, excavators also found the human remains of an 18-23 year old individual who was believed to have been sacrificed, thereby blessing the construction of this temple. It is also believed to be a royal tomb of the ruler, Kinich Wayan, who had sponsored its construction. Climb the steep wooden stairway for an unobstructed view of the ancient grounds.


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South of Gran Plaza

Relative price: Budget

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Here are other activities in and around Tikal that may be of interest: Northern Complexes, Acr贸polis Central, El Mundo Perdido (The Lost World), Templo de las Inscripciones (Templo VI), Gran Plaza, Plaza Oeste, Plaza de los Siete Templos and Templo IV & Complejo N.

By Nellie Huang
30 Sep 2009

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