El Mirador

The lost, Mayan City

This amazing Tour offers an amazing day to enjoy one of the greatest wonders Guatemala has for you! Often times when you hear about the great pyramids of the world, the Egyptian pyramids or perhaps the Pyramid of the Sun in Mexico may come to mind.

But did you know that Guatemala is actually home to the biggest pyramid in terms of volume in the world? The Mirador, known to many as the cradle of Mayan Civilization, is located in the dense jungles of northern Guatemala. Enjoy with friends or family and relax while the most amazing sunset in Flores Island dazzles your eyes!

El Mirador

La Danta

Stunning ornaments

Jaguar

Highlights

The Great Mayan City of El Mirador

Flores Island and Lake Peten 

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 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 are able to 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.

Today 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. 

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.

Itinerary
Program El Mirador Tour

7:50 am: A driver will pick you up from your hotel in the area of Flores Island. 
8:30 am: We take off from the heliport in Santa Elena.
9:00 am: Arrive to 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 pm: Time to have lunch
3.30 pm: Return for Flores Island
4:00 pm: 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.

Expenses included

One day tour

From $500 per guest

Private transportation, door to door service

Helicopter

Qualified professional local guide

 Park entrance fee

Walking tour on site

Country lunch and cooler with drinks

Taxes

Not included: international flights, personal, travel and cancellation insurance and other expenses than indicated.

Extensions in flores island

National Park of the Lagoon of the Tiger

There is a sample of nature heaven, virgin and very secluded in the northwestern edge of Guatemala: National Park Lagoon of the Tiger. A scientific investigation center within the park, Scarlet Macaw Biological Station offers wildlife-watching and archaeology tours and the chance to tag along with investigators as they monitor macaws and butterflies. Duration from: 2 days. Price per guest from: $380

Adventure tour to the Blue Crater

See one of the isolated jewels of northern Guatemala, the exquisite translucent waters of the Blue Crater, where tourists can swim in a natural environment. It is one of the water sources of the river of passion. An off-the-beaten-track destination to savor luminous fine blue waters, jungle rivers, nature, and take fun photos, the River Basin is a marine garden. Duration: one day. Price per guest from: $150

Zip line in the jungle canopy

 Fly through the treetops and rise above the jungle canopy on this zipline and eco-excursion tour. Guests will have a view of a bird of the lush forest of Guatemala, where native plants, animals and trees compose a particular ecological community. Enjoy the charm of this natural park on this family friendly trip of adventure. Duration: half day. Price per guest from: $40

The great Mayan City of Tikal

Visit the amazing milestones in the history of Tikal and the Mayans during this trip One day Tikal tour. Your expert guide will show you the layout of the temples, architecture, history and some theories of why they disappeared. During the Tikal tour, you will have the opportunity to see monkeys, parrots, macaws, and toucans on site. Duration: 1 day. Price per person from: $70

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