Conservation image Maya Initiative (1999–2009)
A project of the Getty Conservation Institute

Visitors on the main plaza of Tikal looking at the North Acropolis. Tikal is the most visited site of Guatemala and attracts both national and international visitors. Visitors can freely access temples and buildings, adding stress to the fragile fabric of the structures. The Tikal stone is a very fragile limestone and as a result, the most important sculptures have been covered by thatched roofs. The site is also used today by indigenous groups who come to celebrate traditional Maya ceremonies. Photo: Françoise Descamps.