Tikal Temple IV – Tikal, Guatemala - Atlas Obscura

Tikal Temple IV

Deep in the Guatemalan jungle stands an ancient pyramid that once marked the reign of a king.  


Located in Tikal National Park, Temple IV was constructed around 741 and was to honor the 27th king of the Tikal dynasty. One of several sets of temple ruins in the park, Temple IV is thought to be the tallest structure built by the ancient Maya.

The pyramid has a rectangular base and stands 64.6 meters (212 feet) from its supporting platform to the highest part of the roof comb. The pyramid body consists of seven stepped levels with slanting talud walls, an architectural style commonly seen in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica buildings, especially temples.

Sit atop this ancient Mayan pyramid while admiring the jungle below. Gaze at the other pyramid temples around the park as you tower over the canopy. There is a row of bleacher-like steps atop the pyramid, where you can sit and admire the scenery. You likely won’t be alone, especially if you come in the morning. The temple is a favorite haunt of tourists wishing to catch the sunrise. 

Know Before You Go

Arrive early, as it can get quite hot across the region. You'll need your passport to get inside.

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