The Tikal ruins are the centerpiece of pre-Columbia. The site was probably built as early as 300 BC. Between 200 to 900 AD, the site reached its peak as the cultural, economic and military center of central America. Even societies as far away as the Teotihuacan of the Valley of Mexico had interacted with the people of Tikal. Today, the site is well known for its towering stairs, royal tombs, and exquisite monuments. Visitors to Tikal are shocked by the sheer size of the ancient stone complex. The complex not only includes the iconic central pyramid, but it also has structures that appear to have been used as a ball court and a prison. Modern visitors will enjoy reflecting on the timeless structure and visiting the artifacts preserved in a nearby museum.