El Mirador 5-day Trail

This tour offers you the opportunity to hike to the archaeological site El Mirador, which is one of the best Mayan sites in Guatemala. You'll explore the tropical jungle as you make your way along a trail towards El Mirador.

from $ 750


Free cancellation

up to 15 days in advance

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  • Duration: 5 hrs
  • Available Days: Every day
  • Schedule: 8:00 AM
  • Hotel Transport Included
  • Free cancellation up to 15 days prior
  • Mobile Ticket Included
  • Offered in English, Spanish

Experience Highlights

Archeology
Guided Tours
Hiking
El Mirador
Maya Biosphere Reserve

This tour is a 5-day journey from Carmelita to El Mirador. El Mirador is one of Guatemala's top archeological sites and is the oldest-known Mayan site to date. During this tour you will explore the Guatemalan forest, learn about Mayan ruins, and experience life in Carmelita.

On the first day, you will drive from Flores to Carmelita where you will begin your hike along the trail and camp in the forest. The next day you will reach El Mirador around 5 PM. You will spend the night here and explore El Mirador the following day. You will stay in El Mirador one more night and then begin hiking back the next day. You will camp for one night on the return trip. In total, you'll hike 40 miles (64 km).

Travelers are led by capable local guides as they make their way towards El Mirador. With the help of your guide, you'll see birds, reptiles, and maybe even mammals. At night you will stay in chiclero camps, the places where the chicle-tree workers live. Fall asleep to the sounds of the jungle and wake up in a beautiful forested area.

Once you arrive at El Mirador, you'll explore the vast archeological complex. As you visit temples and palaces, you'll gain a wider appreciation for Mayan culture and history - especially since you just spent the last few days hiking here!

Attractions Visited

El Mirador

El Mirador is one of the largest and earliest Mayan sites in the world. Set within Guatemala’s thick Petén jungles, El Mirador flourished in the Preclassic period prior to the accession of Tikal. The massive ruins here are the focus of ongoing excavations and are sure to reveal a wealth of new knowledge over the coming years.

El Mirador

Maya Biosphere Reserve

The Maya Biosphere Reserve is the largest protected tropical forest in North America. Spreading across 4.3 million acres (1.7 million hectares) in Guatemala’s Petén department, this reserve protects huge expanses of forests and the Mayan ruins that lie within them.

Maya Biosphere Reserve

What to Bring

Hiking shoes, insect repellent, rain jacket, flashlight, hat, personal hygiene products, clothes, water bottle, sunscreen, and camera.

What's included

Trained cooks (food and filtered water throughout the whole trip), pack mules, and camping equipment (hammocks with mosquito nets and/or tents, sleeping bags, and first aid kit).

Transportation

Many of our tours and activities offer transportation pick up & drop off options from several locations and destinations. Options vary by tour, see “More Time and Rates” for full details.

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