El Mirador, Guatemala

5 Day El Mirador Expedition

5 Days | Camping, Trekking and Archeological Expedition

Embark on an exotic adventure in search of one of the lost and oldest cities in the Mayan world. To get there you hike 40.5 kilometers through well kept trails and in close contact with the jungle, howler monkeys and other forest animals while camping every night. Nights of history and mysticism, fantastic sunrises with the song of birds and good food during the entire trip. The trips are conducted with the warmth and professionalism of our the Carmelita community guides.

El Mirador is a 9 km wide archaeological site with more than 850 structures. It is the biggest Mayan site in Central America and boasts the largest pyramid (volume wise) in the world - The Danta Pyramid.

Right for You?

Duration

5 Days / 4 Nights

Travel Style

Active Adventure, Cultural Immersion and Roughing it

Languages

Spanish and English
The reservations office speaks English but the local guides on the hike do not.

Physical Activity

Challenging workout

Location

Rural Communities and Rainforest

Connect

Wifi: None
Cell: None

Cooperativa Carmelita

Locally Owned Community Cooperative
Starts at:

$300/person

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Speaks: Spanish and English

Highlights

  • Visit the largest ancient Mayan city in Central America
  • Hike through remote tropical jungle
  • See wildlife, including howler monkeys and toucans

Details

Availability

Flexible Departure Date
All year

Group

Minimum 2 people

5:00am - Depart Flores and drive 2 hours to the Carmelita community where you will eat breakfast and then begin your hike around 9:00am.

1:00pm - Stop at the El Guacute camp and eat lunch.

2:00pm - Continue hiking until reaching the El Tintal campground.

4:00pm - Reach El Tintal and visit the archaeological site.

6:00pm - Dinner and rest

*17.5 km total hiking on day 1

6:00am - Breakfast

7:00am - Depart from the El Tintal Archaeological Site

10:00am - Arrival at the rest area "El Zompopera" for a snack.

1:30pm - Lunch and visit to the Archaeological Site "La Muerta"

3:00pm - Arrive at the majestic El Mirador Archaeological Site and set up camp

5:00pm - Watch sunset (weather permitting)

6:00pm - Dinner and rest

*23 km total hiking on day 2

5:00am - Watch sunrise over the ruins (weather permitting)

7:00am - Breakfast

8:00am - Explore the ruins

Noon - Lunch

1:00pm - Continue exploring the ruins

5:00pm - Watch sunset (weather permitting)

7:00pm - Dinner and rest

7:00am - Breakfast

8:00am - Begin hike back to Carmelita

11:00am - Rest stop and lunch at "El Zompopero"

3:00pm - Arrive in El Tintal, relax

6:00pm - Dinner and rest

6:00am - Breakfast

7:00am - Hike to Carmelita

11:30am - Arrive Carmelita, head back to Flores or other destination.

What's Included

Lodging

4 Nights Community Lodge and Camping

Activities

Archeological Expedition, Camping, Community Lodge, Getting to Know Locals, Trekking and Wildlife Viewing
This is a challenging workout. During the rainy months (September-November) it can get extra muddy and more difficult. During the dry months (December-March) the conditions usually improve. The trip is available year round.

Guide

Local guide (not bilingual)

Room

No Electricity and No Hot Water

Food

All meals included

Transport

Private van and Hike

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Your Local Host

Cooperativa Carmelita

Locally Owned Community Cooperative

The Carmelita Cooperative was formed in 2000 and consists of 16 community guides, cooks, service providers, a community lodge and vehicles. Carmelita's main tour is the multi-day jungle hike to El Mirador, which is Central America's tallest Mayan ruins.

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