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Immerse yourself in the midst of the mysterious and magical Peten Jungle in northern Guatemala on a trek to the hidden city of El Mirador, one of the Maya civilization’s most spectacular archaeological sites. Watch for native flora and fauna such as the elusive Quetzal and Howler Monkeys as you go deep into the lush and humid jungle. Explore El Mirador with a certified guide and learn the secrets of the ancient Maya culture as you watch the sun set over the green canopy from the top of a pyramid in the middle of nowhere.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Depart Flores for Carmelita & Trek into the Peten jungle until the Tintal archaeological site (L/D)
Be prepared for your hostel pick-up at 7:30 am to start your adventure into the Peten jungle in search for the largest Maya pyramid in Mesoamerica. We will traverse 83 kilometers heading northwest from Flores to reach the town of Carmelita where we will begin our trek. After final arrangements and picking up last minute supplies, we will enter the magical virgin rainforest and begin our adventure. Feel the heat and humidity of the lush jungle as you hike towards the first Camp, El Guacate, where lunch will be served at approximately 3:00 pm. In the afternoon you will continue hiking towards the Tintal archaeological site where you will arrive around 6:00 pm and rest up before enjoying dinner while listening to the sounds of the jungle around you.
(Breakfast is not included on Day 1 so please bring some extra snacks, chocolates, fruit and energy bars to eat before lunch. Lunch is served at around 3:00 pm)
Day 2: Trek to Zompopero, La Muerta & El Mirador archaeological sites (B/L/D)
Wake up early for breakfast among the flora and fauna of the jungle and get started hiking towards Zompopero. Keep an eye out for elusive birds such as the quetzal along the way. Take a break for refreshments at Zompopero break area and rest your legs before continuing on to the archaeological site of La Muerta. Lunch will be served here with some time to explore the site and take photos. Another hour and a half walk will bring us to the famous El Mirador archaeological site where we can climb up the El Tigre Temple to watch the sunset (weather permitting).
Day 3: El Mirador Archaeological Site Visit (B/L/D)
Today is your day to explore the El Mirador archaeological site with a certified guide from the Carmelita community and discover impressive structures such as La Danta temple. Take an afternoon nap if you wish before climbing a different pyramid to watch the sunset again from the peak of an ancient Maya pyramid, an experience you will never forget!!! Immerse yourself in the lush jungle and become one with nature in this beautiful and magical landscape.
Day 4: Return Trek to El Tintal (B/L/D)
Say goodbye to this magical archaeological site and begin your trek back towards Carmelita along the same path. Breathe in the fresh jungle air and watch for native flora and fauna. If you are lucky you may hear howler monkeys above you or spot colorful tropical birds in the trees as you quietly traverse the jungle path.
Day 5: Return Trip to Flores (B/L)
Have breakfast at your camp and get started on the route back to Carmelita arriving at approximately 13:00 hr. in time to have a fulfilling lunch in the local village. From here we will hop in our transportation and return to Flores where our adventure will come to an end.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: A moderate level of fitness is required for this trek. Passengers will be trekking approximately 5 to 8 hours per day on hilly and uneven jungle terrain as well as climbing pyramids with uneven stone surfaces.
WHAT TO BRING: Cool pants (no jeans), long-sleeved shirts or blouses in light colors, raincoat, lightweight but strong shoes or boots, insect repellent against mosquitos & ticks, hat, binoculars, flashlight with extra batteries, water bottle, small daypack to wear during the walk, soft socks (at least to change every day), camera, knife, plastic bags to put your dry clothes in your backpack (in case of rain), personal medications.