Jungle Trek to El Mirador

5 Day Adventure Tour Package through Guatemala

Activities: Explore Mayan Ruins, Jungle Hiking
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5 days 4 nights
Flores Island, Peten, Guatemala
Flores Island, Peten, Guatemala
Jungle Trek to El Mirador

During The Jungle trek to El Mirador, you will hike 5 days in the jungle. You will go through the rain-forest to diverse ecosystems and monumental sites of The Mayan Kingdom of Kan, “The Snake Dynasty,” on this guided jungle trek.

It is not easy to get to El Mirador, because there are no roads or rivers leading to the site, but it is definitely worth the trip. The payoff for those who make the trek is sublime.

It is a chance to see one of the most impressive gems of Mayan culture with sophisticated structures, such as La Danta pyramid. This pyramid has a volume of 2.8 million cubic meters and unique architectural designs.

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Highlights of this Mayan Ruins tour

  1. The great Mayan site of El Mirador
  2. Mayan Biosphere, the nature reserve

Jungle Trek to El Mirador

5 Days & 4 Nights
1. Carmelita community
2. Trek from El Tintal
3. El Mirador
4. Hike to El Tintal
5. Flores Island
Transfer from Flores Island to Carmelita.

The first day of adventure in El Mirador tour begins with an early morning transfer, by car from Flores Island to Carmelita community where the walk begins. The village of Carmelita is the nearest point to the site that you can get to by car.

After 6 or 8 hours, you will reach the archaeological site called El Tintal, located in a small water reservoir that is located within a protected area, where the camp is installed to rest.

Jungle during the trek to El Mirador, Guatemala
Jungle during a trek in Guatemala
Trek to El Mirador.

On the second day, the hike is restarted for approximately 6 hours. During the trek, you will experience the feeling of being consumed by a jungle so vast as far as the eye can see.

Wooden suspension bridge over river in Panajachel, Guatemala, Central America

It is so still; yet so alive. The sounds of howler monkeys screaming in the evening and finding fresh jaguar footprints in your way is quite spectacular. The sights, the smells and the hundreds of different species of insects and animals provide a sensory overload.

At the end of the day, you will reach the magestic archaeological site of El Mirador where the camp is installed again. Finally, you should prepare to take a good rest.

Explore the greatest Mayan site, El Mirador

Today you will have the time for an exploration walk through El Mirador, known as “The Lost City of the Maya”.

The pyramid La Danta in the Mayan City of El Mirador, Guatemala. Helicopter tours
The biggest pyramid of the Mayan world, La Danta, El Mirador. Guatemala.

This huge archaeological site is the largest in the Mayan world and is known as the cradle of this civilization. El Mirador (which means “The Lookout”) is in the jungles of northern Guatemala.

It is a vast area of virgin rain-forest and dozens of Mayan ruins, including several large cities with huge structures and many square miles of unrestored mounds and pyramids covered in vegetation.

Hike El Mirador to El Tintal

Today begins the walk back, following the same route. Therefore, you will hike approximately 6 hours until we reach the site of El Tintal, a pre-classic archaeological site that features a sophisticated irrigation system.

This site is still largely not excavated, and here the camp will be installed to spend the night.

Jungle trek in Mayan jungle ruins in Mexico. Adventure Travel
Adventure travel in jungle ruins in the vast Mayan Natural reserve, Guatemala.
Flores Island.

Today a walk of 6 to 8 hours to the Carmelita community ends the trek through the Peten jungle. This is a traditional community settled in the heart of the Maya jungle since the early 1900s. The inhabitants of Carmelita live in harmony with the forest.

The community is responsible for the protection, management and conservation of the area. More than 97% of the natural forest is conserved here. A driver will take you back to your hotel in Flores Island.

Sunset in Lake Peten, Flores Island. Guatemala Vacations
Sunset scene at the lake Peten Itza, Guatemala. Central America.

From $380 (per person)

Expenses Included
  • StaffBilingual guide, Community local speaking guide, and a person in charge of the mules
  • MealsAll meals during the duration of the trek, purified water, and a cook
  • Tour GuideEnglish, Spanish, German, French, Italian or Dutch speaking guides.
  • Entrance FeesFor the Archeological site of El Mirador
  • Private transportationRound trip transfers from Flores Island to Carmelita Community
  • EquipmentCamping and cooking equipment
  • Price does not included✗ International flights ✗ Personal, travel and cancellation insurance ✗ Other expenses than indicated ✗ Horses or mule to ride
  • * This price is based in 8 guests