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El Mirador Tours

El Mirador
Worth the effort for adventurous travelers and history buffs, El Mirador is a truly ancient urban center that flourished almost a thousand years before Tikal had constructed its first pyramid. With an estimated population of close to 100,000 in 600 BCE, it was one of the first megacities in the Americas.

Archaeologists who began excavating El Mirador (“The Viewpoint”) thirty years ago have basically rewritten early Mayan history based on their findings. The Mayans were organized and technologically advanced centuries before previously thought, their accomplishments preserved here in a city they now believe was the capital of the region’s first true political city-state.

The site is centered on three huge temple pyramid sites, “El Tigre,” “Los Monos,” and “La Danta,” the last of which is one of the largest pyramids in the world. Set atop natural summits, they offer outstanding views to other ruined cities rising above the rainforest, only a few of which have been studied by experts.

Practical Info

Getting to El Mirador is difficult. In 2002, the Guatemalan government established the Mirador Basin National Monument a Special Archaeological Zone, which means that there are no legal roads for regular vehicles. Instead, visitors must take five-day hike; it’s worth hiring a couple of mules to carry supplies.

You can add a sixth day and also visit the ruins of Nakbé, a pre-Mayan city that may be even older than El Mirador. You should be in good physical condition and prepared for a serious jungle trek before attempting this tour.
Address: El Mirador, Peten, Guatemala
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7 Tours and Activities to Experience El Mirador

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El Mirador by Helicopter Tour

El Mirador by Helicopter Tour

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An amazing adventure awaits you, so you can discover and visit the archaeological site of El Mirador sharing with our expert guide.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$490.00
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$490.00
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El Mirador Tour By Helicopter From Flores

El Mirador Tour By Helicopter From Flores

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Visit El Mirador Archeological Site By Helicopter, El Mirador is a Late Pre-classic Maya city located in the Mirador Basin, Petén, Guatemala, dating from 600 BC and was partially abandoned around year 150 AD. It was later reoccupied in the late classical period and finally abandoned in the ninth century. The Mirador is located in the Maya Biosphere Reserve. IMPORTANT: 3 Passengers are the minimum required.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$482.06
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El Mirador Helicopter Tour

El Mirador Helicopter Tour

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If you want to know the largest pyramid in the world, La Danta, fly over the Mayan Biosphere, see the first roads of the history of mankind and visit the largest city of the Pre-classic Mayan era. This is your tour. Few people have had the opportunity to know this place in one of the most remote places on the planet, be one of them…
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  • 7 to 10 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$534.81
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El Mirador And Yaxha Tour From Flores City 2d / 1 N

El Mirador And Yaxha Tour From Flores City 2d / 1 N

Visit El Mirador Archeological Site by Helicopter!, , El Mirador is a Late Pre-classic Maya city located in the Mirador Basin, Petén, Guatemala, dating from 600 BC and was partially abandoned around year 150 AD. day 2; visitday 2; visit the archaeological site of Yaxhá is considered as a cultural and natural monument. It holds a complex system of wetlands and woods. It’s located in the north part of Guatemala, between the Flores and Melchor de Mencos municipalities, in the department of Petén. IMPORTANT: 3 passengers are required as a minimum
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$650.26
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El Mirador And Tikal Tour From Flores 2d / 1n

El Mirador And Tikal Tour From Flores 2d / 1n

Visit El Mirador by Helicopter and Tikal National Park, in a 2 day, 1 night Tour, our professional staff will guide you through this emblematic travel!. IMPORTANT: 3 passengers are required as a minimum
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$669.75
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El Mirador And Crater Azul Tour From Flores 2d / 1n

El Mirador And Crater Azul Tour From Flores 2d / 1n

Visit El Mirador Archeological Site by Helicopter!, El Mirador is a Late Pre-classic Maya city located in the Mirador Basin, Petén, Guatemala, dating from 600 BC and was partially abandoned around year 150 AD. day 2; visit Cráter Azul; is one of the water sources of the Rio La Pasión, in the municipality of Sayaxche, in the department of Petén. The natural sources of this place are navy blue or turquoise, and due to its crystalline water you can see all the underwater garden that is at its bottom. IMPORTANT: 3 passengers are required as a minimum
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  • 2 days
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$702.57
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Expedition El Mirador - Great Pyramid La Danta (Tour Spanish / English)

Expedition El Mirador - Great Pyramid La Danta (Tour Spanish / English)

It was one of the most important Mayan cities in the late preclassic which is characterized by its monumentality when built, this can be clearly seen in one of the pyramids of the site and the largest in the Mayan civilization, the great Pyramid "La Danta" surrounded by a green sea of dense and virgin forest at the four cardinal points. Our Nun Bak Trek to the Mirador is 5 to 6 days to visit Tintal, La Muerta, La Florida, Wakná, Nakbé and one of the most important and well-known cities in the history of the great Mayan civilization, El Mirador. We will walk in the middle of the Jungle for 6 to 9 hours a day along a path mostly without heights or mountains since we are at 180 meters above sea level, a trek suitable for all audiences with resistance to walking more than 10 kilometers a day at a moderate pace. In this experience we have the opportunity to see diversity in flora and fauna of our country Guatemala, Mayan cities lost and devoured by the dense jungle of Petén
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$265.00
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