The enormous ruined city of Tikal in Guatemala features over 3,000 buildings dating from 600 BC to 900 AD scattered throughout the surrounding rain forest. The impressive buildings that rise above the modern forest canopy are part of a city that was home to more than 90,000 Maya at its height. Sure, Tikal represents a highpoint in the development of Maya artistic, scientific, and religious culture, but is that enough to beat the competition?
Thousands of feet above sea level, a majestic settlement perches on a mountaintop. Built in the fifteenth century, Machu Picchu is an engineering feat and an architectural marvel of the Inca Empire. The complex, however, was relatively short-lived and Machu Picchu was abandoned when the Spanish conquered the Inca in the sixteenth century. Will Machu Picchu's ArchaeoMadness success be brief as well?