Helicopter tour to El Mirador


This fantastic helicopter tour offers an excellent day to enjoy one of the greatest wonders Guatemala has for you. When you hear about the world’s great pyramids, the Egyptian pyramids or the Pyramid of the Sun in Mexico may come to mind. But did you know that Guatemala is home to the most enormous pyramid in terms of volume worldwide?

El Mirador, known to many as the cradle of Mayan Civilization, is located in the dense jungles of northern Guatemala. Enjoy this expedition and relax while the incredible jungle views from the air dazzle your eyes.

La Danta

Pyramid in El Mirador

El Mirador

Ancient Mayan art

El Mirador

Stunning ornaments


The lost Mayan City

What to expect

The incomparable views mixed deep in the jungle canopy of the colossal Mayan Biosphere in Guatemala provide a glimpse back in time. As the helicopter will pull above the treeline, the sight of Lake Petén will make you already joyful if you choose this expedition.

The color of the water is turquoise blended with greens that change almost yellow near the shallow shore. It is almost an hour of flying from the island of Flores to the archeological site, so settle back and observe the fields thin, the farms dissolve, and then it is just jungle. No fields, no roads, no farms, no houses, just endless, magnificent jungle as far as you can see.

As the helicopter lands clearly and it touches down in a verdant opening that from above seemed no larger than a bathmat. As the blades wind down, and you get off the aircraft, the first thing that you hear is… nothing at all. No vehicles in the distance, no people, no honks, no engines. Just jungle melodies – howler and spider monkeys, cicadas buzzing, wind through leaves, birds.

To give you some perspective, the base of La Danta is so vast that it would cover 35 football fields. La Danta is, in fact, the largest structure that has ever been built by the Mayans, and some consider it to be the largest pyramid in the world in terms of volume in existence. The discovery of this amazing Mayan City has attracted the attention of the world, and nowadays you will find coverages and write-ups on sites like National Geographic.


The Lost Mayan City

The ancient metropolis of El Mirador is located amidst the deep, dense jungles of Guatemala. Behold one of the most significant clusters of buildings in Maya civilization. At its peak, the city spanned over 16 square kilometers with tens of thousands of inhabitants, making it the most noteworthy Maya city.

During this unique journey, you will discover the wonders of the past and be awed by El Mirador’s magnificence. This awe-inspiring ancient site is home to the colossal Danta Pyramid, recognized as one of the most giant pyramids in the world.


You will do a Helicopter tour to El Mirador. It consists of miles of unrestored pyramids and structures that have seemingly become part of the jungle. El Mirador is the home of the amazing pyramid La Danta

7:50 a.m. A driver will pick you up from your hotel in the area of Flores Island. 
8:30 a.m. We take off from the heliport in Santa Elena.
9:00 a.m. Arrive at the great Mayan city of El Mirador

Together with a qualified guide, you will explore:

  1. The colossal Pyramid Complex of ‘La Danta’
  2. Central Acropolis
  3. Astonishing Architectural Ornaments 
  4. Structure No. 34

1:00 p.m. Time to have lunch
3.30 p.m. Return for Flores Island
4:00 p.m. Arrival at the heliport in Santa Elena. Upon arrival, a driver will take you to your hotel in Flores Island or a restaurant if you wish. 

Note: due to climate conditions, the departure time can be altered up to one hour before the start of the expedition.

map, expenses & price

Helicopter tour to El Mirador

Expenses included:
-Private transportation.
-Helicopter tour.
-Professional guide.
-Walking tour on site
-Park Entrance fee.
-Country lunch and cooler with drinks.
-Daily breakfast.
*This tour is exclusively available to guests who plan their trip with us.

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