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Film Friday: Ruins of Tikal, Guatemala (Star Wars)

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January 18, 2013 by Amanda

On occasional Fridays, I’ll be briefly profiling a specific location somewhere in the world that has been featured in a movie or TV show.

This week, the site is Tikal, Guatemala.

Tikal

Ancient Mayan sites like Tikal have been in the spotlight recently because of the whole “end of the world” hype surrounding the Mayan calendar. Thankfully, though, the world did not end, and we can still visit awesome locations like this one.

Tikal, located in the Guatemalan jungle, was once essentially the capital city of the ancient Mayan civilization.

Tikal

But “Star Wars” fans may recognize it for a different reason.

In “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope,” Luke, Hans Solo and crew land the Millennium Falcon on Yavin 4, a jungle-y, rainforest-y moon. It’s from here that the heroes launch their attack on the Death Star.

And it just so happens that Tikal stood in for Yavin. There’s a shot where a Rebel is watching the Millennium Falcon coming in to land above the jungle, with Temples I, II and III of Tikal clearly visible.

Screen capture from “Star Wars”

To see this view for yourself, all you have to do is climb Temple IV at Tikal — the only temple left that you can climb. The view is not only breathtaking, but also extremely recognizable if you’re a “Star Wars” fan.

Tikal

Tikal is amazing to visit on its own, of course, but the movie tie-in is definitely an added bonus!

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Are you a “Star Wars” fan? If so, is Tikal on your must-visit list?

 

 

 


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  4. Janine Elliott says:

    I was excited to learn that this scene is from Tikal. We are travelling to Belize and Guatemala and plan to spend 4 days at Tikal. We are both Mayan & Star Wars fans!

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