On Sunday, we got up at 3:45am, drank a cup of coffee in the hotel lobby and set off on a hike through the jungle in the dark. We climbed the tallest tower in Tikal (tower 4) that’s about 20 stories high and watched the sunrise (almost- it was kind of cloudy). This is where the end of Star Wars: A New Hope was filmed.

Here is one of the weird centipedes that were crawling on most of the stone ruins.

The top view of tower 4:

The stairs up to the top:

Many animals live in the jungle at Tikal, including jaguars, tucans, and howler monkeys.  Unfortunately, we only got to see some of the tamer critters. These are coatimundi, raccoon relatives.