Tikal National Park - Guatemala

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…)

Tortuguero National Park - Costa Rica

Tortuguero National Park – Costa Rica

Tortuguero National Park
Tortuguero National Park

Tortuguero National Park in the northeast of the country is one of the rainiest regions in Central America. Sudden heavy showers are common here. The Tortuguero River (Turtle River) flows through the park, the target of Samoa Lodge. The hotels located in the jungle can be reached exclusively by water, the river brings tourists and provisions. The park is huge, even taking a motor boat from one pier to another for several hours.

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Tortuguero National Park

After a heavy rain, the local nature is even more beautiful. The rainforest and an amazing variety of plants and animals are Costa Rica’s greatest treasures. Tikos is quite consciously and pragmatically concerned with the protection of wildlife, because ecotourism brings the country a decent income, more than agricultural production. More than 2 million foreigners visit Costa Rica every year. Every tenth Costa Rican is engaged in tourism.

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Tortuguero National Park

The rainforest is home to the Urubu vulture, the jungle orderly. Dwarf red frogs climb the trees, which do not croak, but make a sound reminiscent of a rattle. Bright coloration scares off potential enemies. For especially persistent enemies, the frog has poison.

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Tortuguero National Park

Tortuguero National Park Animals

For several decades, the Tortuguero National Park in the northeast of the country is one of the rainiest regions in Central America. Sudden heavy showers are common here. area was in danger. The woodworking industry devoured hectares of forest one after another and damaged the river, using it for timber rafting. Fortunately, in 1975 a national park was created in this area. The park is home to very rare green turtles. The park is a refuge for many plants and animals. Jaguars, tapirs live here, three species of monkeys of which arachnid monkeys deserve special attention. (more…)

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park - China

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park – China

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is located in the Wulinyuan Mountains. In 1982, the mountainous region was recognized as the National Park of China, and 10 years later it was added to the UNESCO list. The pillars of sandstone and quartz reach 1,080 meters in height, this is the highest part of Wulinyuan. The area of ​​the park is 479.15 km².

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Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

The most suitable time to visit the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is September-October. During this period, the weather is comfortable for long walks. From April to June there is a lot of rainfall, and the paths in the park are slippery, so the walk is unsafe. It can snow from December to February, the average temperature is around zero degrees. It is cold in the mountains at this time, there may be ice on the roads and forest trails, so access to Zhangjiajie is limited. In general, in the winter season, the park is beautiful in its own way, and prices are lower. The peak tourist season is in April-October.

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Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park Entrance

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park has three main entrances where tickets can be purchased for four days. The ticket includes sightseeing in the park and the use of buses.

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Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Entrance No. 1 – Southwest gate at the Golden Knut brook (road from Zhangjiajie to Suosiyu). If you are coming from Zhangjiajie Station, then most likely you will be brought to this entrance.

Entrance No. 2 – Wulingyuan Gate, entrance to the Bailong Elevator and Tianji Funicular. It is convenient to get here if you are staying at one of the hotels in Wulingyuan.

Entrance No. 3 – Tianji Mountain, North Gate. It is rarely used by travelers, since from here you have to walk for a long time to the funiculars or climb to the top on foot. (more…)

Petrified Forest National Park - Arizona

Petrified Forest National Park – Arizona

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Petrified Forest National Park Navajo and Apache County

Petrified Forest National Park is one of the US national parks. Located in Arizona, Navajo and Apache County. It is one of the largest fossilized trees, most of which belong to the species Araucarioxylon arizonicum (from the coniferous division).

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Petrified Forest National Park Navajo and Apache County

In addition to conifers, fossils of other plants were found in the Petrified Forest National Park: ferns, lycopods, cycads, ginkgo, etc.

The park is divided into two areas – north and south. In the northern part of the park, there is a part of the multi-colored badlands (a type of dry relief, where the softest sedimentary rocks and clay-rich soils were subject to extensive wind and water erosion), formed in the Triassic period, called the colored desert. In the southern area, there are numerous deposits of petrified wood, as well as several petroglyphs.

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Petrified Forest National Park Navajo and Apache County

Petrified Forest National Park, Navajo and Apache County

Petrified Forest National Park is located on the border of Navajo and Apache County in northeastern Arizona. The length of the park (from north to south) reaches approximately 48 km. The maximum width of the northern territory is about 19 km, the southern territory in some areas reaches 6-8 km in width.

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Petrified Forest National Park Navajo and Apache County

Petrified Forest National Park is famous for its fossils, especially of trees that grew on Earth about 225 million years ago, at the end of the Triassic period of the Mesozoic era. At the time, the region where the park is now located was located near the equator, in the southwestern part of the Pangea supercontinent, and was characterized by a humid subtropical climate. The site, now northeastern Arizona, was covered by a plain bounded by mountains to the south and southeast and an ocean to the west. (more…)

Hoh Rainforest - Washington State

Hoh Rainforest – Washington State

Hoh Rainforest Washington State The Hoh Rainforest on the Olympic Peninsula, the Olympic National Park is located in northwest Washington State and borders the Pacific Ocean to the west. The secluded, rugged and picturesque park attracts visitors who come here to explore the largest and most beautiful stretch of temperate Read more…