Star Wars trek: Tikal, Guatemala - April 2004

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Tikal National Park in Guatemala was used for a small scene showing the rebel base on the jungle moon of Yavin 4 in Star Wars: A New Hope. It is an easy location to find and a very popular tourist destination but I don't think very many Star Wars location hunters make the trip. I probably would have never made it myself but it turns out my wife is from Guatemala and I found out she had never visited Tikal so we planned a little side trip after visiting family.

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2004 trip pictures.
Reference pictures.
2000 cousin's trip pictures.

To get to the location, just climb to the top of Temple IV and look out over the jungle canopy where you can see the tops of Temples I, II, and III poking through the trees. Check out the map of the park below for more detail.
In March of 2000 my cousin visited Guatemala for charity work and was able to visit Tikal while he was there. He sent me a few photos back and one lined up with the scene from the movie perfectly. He didn't even have any reference pictures with him which shows you exactly how easy this spot is to find.
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Boy oh Boy, I didn't think anyone would ever make it that far ! (not even the lucasfilm scouts for that matter :-) ), great pictures and thanks for sharing it with us all.

Kind Regards,