Tikal National Park, located in northern Guatemala, encompasses over 500 square kilometers of jungle and thousands of ruined structures. It comprises wetlands, savannah, tropical broadleaf and palm forests with thousands of architectural and artistic remains of the Mayan civilization. Tikal was the capital of a conquest state that became one of the most powerful kingdoms of the ancient Maya. Tikal was inhabited by Mayans from approximately 600 BC to the 10th century A.D. The ceremonial center contains superb temples and palaces, and public squares accessed by means of ramps. Remains of dwellings are scattered throughout the surrounding countryside. At one time the city of Tikal was believed to have been home to more than 100,000 Mayan people. Tikal is even more grand that Chichen Itza in Mexico, which is considered to be an amazing Mayan site of historical importance.