The settlement was mysteriously abandoned. Engulfed by swathes of tropical foliage, it went undetected for more than a thousand years. Then, in 2018, a revolutionary new technology revealed the hidden landscape in phenomenal detail. Pyramids, temples and other man-made structures sprawled for miles through the rainforest – all of them testament to human ingenuity.
The world’s jungles are, of course, laden with mysteries. In the Amazon rainforest, the “Boiling River” bubbles away at temperatures of over 200°F at times, cooking everything it touches. Meanwhile, in Costa Rica, giant stone balls lie hidden in the vegetation – their makers and function unknown. And throughout South America, ape-like entities called Maricoxi – something like tropical Bigfoots – are said to inhabit heavily wooded areas.
But in the tangled tropical forests of Petén in northern Guatemala, remnants left by Maya peoples have long drawn adventurers and archaeologists to well-traveled sites such as Tikal. And although Maya civilization is already known to have been extensive and advanced, the findings of one recent study suggest that new wonders are yet to be discovered.