El Mirador

El Mirador

El Mirador is a huge ‘lost city’ of the Mayans in the Mirador Basin of Northern Guatemala.  Up to 100,000 people are believed to have lived in this Mayan mega-city.  Much of El Mirador remains unexcavated beneath the jungle but what has been unearthed are some of the most remarkable ruins of the lowland Maya archeology sites.

Among the ruins at El Mirador is the great Danta pyramid complex.   The 360° view from Danta Complex, 23 meters higher than Temple IV in Tikal, measuring around 90 meters high, has no match in Mundo Maya.  It is the biggest pyramid (in bulk) in the world.  From there you can see Calakmul, Nakbé, Tintal.  The vast canopy and also the huge Tigre and Monos Complexes can be observed from Danta.

The pimienta (allspice) forests and chicozapote or chicle (gum) trees on the way to Mirador are spectacular. On the Sacbé (white road) to Nakbé there’s a better chance to observe wildlife.

It is important to note that all of these paths are very much travelled by chicleros so most animals avoid them. Also on the way to Nakbé, there’s a long “bajo” (lowland) where one can see beautiful and strange flowers of different types, but mostly orchids and bromeliads. The real magic of this trip lays in listening to the philosophy of life and the day to day stories of our jungle guides whose ancestors lived from the forest, collecting chicle and xate leaves.  Nowadays, they dedicate their efforts to the conservation of these forests through environmentally friendly activities and through low impact ecotourism.

 This expedition is long and involves delicate logistics.  It is better if you are part of a 4 to 8 person group if trekking or a ten person maximum group if a helicopter day tour is arranged. Contact us to arrange a bespoke tour.

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