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Tikal National Park is located within the 6,000 square miles Maya Biosphere in the northern part of Petén, Guatemala. The park is located 63 Kms from Flores with paved road access, from Guatemala City a 7 hr drive.  Flores is the governing city of Petén the northern state or department of Guatemala. Most tours to Tikal start from Flores or El Remate village which is located half way between Flores and Tikal ruins. There is no Tikal town and no stores for shopping other than souvenirs. The Ruins area contains about 24 sq. kms. About 80% of the structures are still unexcavated. Only 40 per cent of the ruins within the park have been mapped. There are 220 square miles of jungle all around the ceremonial center. Tikal National Park is Open everyday from 6:00 am. - 6:00 pm.
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View from the bus stop of San Antonio Village, in Cayo. Also a view of the main centre

Migration and Settlement of San Antonio, Cayo

San Antonio, Cayo is a Yucatec-Maya dominated community located on the entrance of the pristine Maya mountains of Belize. The founding fathers, the Howes, Meshs, Mais, Tzibs, and Tzuls, migrated from northern and south-western Yucatan through northern Belize and Guatemala into San Jose Soccotz, Bullet Tree, Cristo Rey, Yalbac, San Antonio and other areas in the Cayo District. Their refugee-like migration was also conditioned by notions of survival through agriculture. Our fathers first migrated into the Pine Ridge area; but due to the conditions of the soil and limited agricultural production, they decided to migrate once more. They moved to the outskirts of the Maya mountains in an area that had several water wells, and small mounds. Specifically, oral history indicates that the territory, that is now San Antonio, maintained three main mounds. Our fathers decided to settle in this particular location because it provided fertile soil and access to drinking water. Their rationalization for settlement innately created our home in a valley surrounded by virgin mountains. Although the community is now transitioning from an agricultural background it is important to remember our origins and remember Osh Multun Kakab!

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