Tikal National Park – Guatemala

Tikal National Park
Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park is located in the Petén department in northern Guatemala; it was founded in May 1955 and covers an area of ​​57,583 hectares. In 1979, it was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List as a nature reserve and cultural protected site of the Mayan civilization, it is part of the biosphere reserves of the world.

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Tikal National Park

The main attraction of the Tikal National Park is the ancient Mayan city of Tikal, surrounded by the jungle. The national park is located on a limestone area, so the surface is poor in water, the climate is humid tropical, during the year the dry season is replaced by the rainy one, and the temperature ranges from 15 to 35 ° C. The reserve is covered with dense forest with crowns that rise up to fifty meters. The most common trees are ceiba, American cedar (fragrant zest), sapodilla, mahogany, rosewood and other valuable commercial species.

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Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park

Among the mammals that live in the Tikal National Park, the following stand out: the gray fox, jaguar, puma, ocelot, Mexican four-toed anteater, northern tapir, howler monkeys, bakers, armadillos and bats can be found. Tikal National Park is home to a huge variety of birds. It is home to the South American harpy, goggle-eyed turkey, falcon, spotted quail and many parrots, toucans, herons, various types of hummingbirds. Amphibians also get along comfortably in the vastness of the reserve. There are 19 species of frogs, five species of turtles, 24 species of lizards, 41 species of snakes (among them there are poisonous ones), salamanders and crocodiles – American and Morelet.

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Tikal National Park

The Tikal archaeological site covers 1,600 hectares in the heart of the Tikal National Park. It is the largest of the ancient Mayan cities of the classical period. One of the main cultural and demographic centers of the Mayan civilization flourished from 200 to 850 AD. Later, some of the palaces were burned down, and the population gradually declined until the site was empty at the end of the 10th century. According to archaeologists, the city of Tikal was a ceremonial center where ceremonies were performed to obtain a good harvest. (more…)

Trakai Island Castle – Lithuania

Trakai Island Castle Lithuania
Trakai Island Castle Lithuania

Trakai Island Castle is the only castle on the water in all of Eastern Europe, a wonderful example of Gothic architecture. The castle was built at the turn of the XIV-XV centuries.

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Trakai Island Castle Lithuania

The Trakai Island Castle was the main part of the Trakai defensive complex. By the will of the Grand Duke of Lithuania Keistut, this was to be the seat of his throne. The construction of this fortress on Lake Galve was extremely difficult. For the construction of the castle, three islands were used, which were connected by filling the space with soil and stones. His appearance on the island of the lake shows the political and economic power of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.

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Trakai Island Castle Lithuania

The fortress consisted of a princely castle and a chateau. A deep defensive moat, once filled with lake water, separated the palace from the chateau. It was one of the most impregnable fortresses in all of Eastern Europe: never in its entire history did enemies manage to conquer it. The castle immediately became the main residence of the Grand Duke Vitovt and hosted sumptuous receptions and feasts in honor of foreign ambassadors and distinguished guests from all over Europe.

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Trakai Island Castle Lithuania

Trakai Island Castle Museum

In the middle of the seventeenth century, the government of tsarist Russia ordered Trakai to be burned and plundered. The Trakai Island Castle was irreparably destroyed. The nineteenth century is the era of romanticism. It was then that people began to take an interest in the past, and especially in Trakai Castle. Architects and engineers began to prepare projects for the restoration of the castle. Later, at the beginning of the twentieth century, work on the restoration of the castle was taken over by the Polish engineer and architect Jan Borovsky. (more…)

Lake District National Park – England

Lake District National Park
Lake District National Park

Lake District National Park (Lake District) is located in the north-west of England in the county of Cumbria, it covers almost 2300 square meters. km of mountainous territory with numerous forests, hills, swamps and lakes. The largest lakes are named: Ullswater, Windermere, Derwent-Water and Bassenthwaite.

Lake District
Lake District National Park

The national park is full of amazing landscapes and picturesque corners. It is believed that this particular area served as the prototype of the Lake District in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, and was also sung by many artists and poets. There is even the concept of “Lake School”, which includes poets of the 18th-19th centuries, who drew their inspiration there. These include famous personalities such as Coleridge and Wordsworth.

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Lake District National Park

Due to its large size, it is unlikely that it will be possible to explore this national park in one day, it is better to spend a few days on a trip, it is worth it. You also need to be prepared for long walking routes: even if you have your own car, the tracks in the park are narrow, leaving your car on the road is very difficult, and free parking is rare. And good photos will not leave the car window.

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Lake District National Park

However, do not think that Lake District National Park is a remote wilderness without infrastructure: it is visited by up to 15 million tourists every year, so finding a place to eat and sleep will be easy, especially if you take care of the reservation in advance. (more…)

Zelenci Nature Reserve – Slovenia

Zelenci Nature Reserve Slovenia
Zelenci Nature Reserve Slovenia

Zelenci Nature Reserve or simply Zelenci, where you can spend your vacation with a stunning view of the Julian Alps. The name of the reserve Zelenci in Slovenian means “green”.

Zelenci Nature Reserve
Zelenci Nature Reserve Slovenia

Get in touch with nature

In the Zelenci Nature Reserve, you will meet a large number of different species of animals and plants that live here peacefully and will only make your experience more charming and interesting. Many of them live in the vicinity of the famous green lake, which is the reason for the name of the reserve. The lake is only two meters deep and, interestingly, never freezes in winter. You can stroll down to the lake on a wooden footbridge and explore its unique nature, or just sit down and enjoy the view.

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Zelenci Nature Reserve Slovenia

Events in Kranjska Gora

Another interesting destination, located in the immediate vicinity of the Zelenci Nature Reserve, is the town of Kranjska Gora – a popular destination both in the warmer and colder parts of the year. During the winter season, this place turns into a ski resort with various ski slopes and magnificent views of the white Slovenian and Austrian mountains.

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Zelenci Nature Reserve Slovenia

It is a very popular hiking and cycling destination during the summer months. It also offers many other activities such as rock climbing, fishing and other sports. There are many marked paths, organized activities and interesting stories for you to explore. Kranjska Gora is not officially part of the Zelenci Nature Reserve, but is often associated with it, as it offers various activities that are not available on the territory of the reserve. (more…)