Exploring the Mayan ruins of el Mirador

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While volunteering in Guatemala we encourage all of our volunteers to travel as much as they can while in the country. For the more adventurous folks, we recommend visiting this jewel of in the middle of the Jungle, the Mayan Ruins of el Mirador

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Exploring the Mayan ruins of el Mirador A brief overview While volunteering in Guatemala we encourage all of our volunteers to travel as much as they can while in the country. For the more adventurous folks we recommend visiting this jewel of in the middle of the Jungle the Mayan Ruins of el Mirador.X Why go there If you truly love adventures going to el Mirador is a must. El Mirador boasts “La Danta”the largest pyramid of the Mayan civilization with a bigger volume than the Egyptian pyramids . Not totally uncovered El Mirador has mystic feel to it as opposed to other parks that have been turned in to more popular archaeological sites. El Mirador is unlike anything we have visited beforealong the hike you will see many wild animals including toucansfoxes coaties and more. The hike itself is challenging but quite worth it. The Mayan ruin complex is amazing with a nice mixed of dug structures and untouched ones. The most amazing of all the structures is the massive pyramid of La Danta that travelers can go up to and gaze at the sunset in a very untouched and magic environment . The park rangers are very knowledgeable and helpful and will gladly show you other parts of the complex. How many days will you need

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When you are volunteering in Guatemala most of your week is spent working at your project so this trip is better off after your project work or during a long holiday. We recommend at least a week the hike itself is 4 or 5 days depending on your pace . Day 1-Travel to the city of Flores Day 2- Transport to Carmelitas village Day 3- Hike to Mayan Complex el Tintal . Camp out at el Tintal Day 4 -Hike to Mayan complex el Mirador.Camp out at el Mirador Day 5-Time to Explore el Mirador.Camp out at el Mirador Day 6-Hike back to Carmelitas. Overnight stay or camp in Carmelitas. Day 7- Transport from Carmelitas to the city of Flores

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How to get there While you are volunteering in Guatemala you will be lodged around Antigua Guatemala. We recommend booking the hike in advance either from Antigua and/or a reputable tour agency. There is also the option to book this hike once in Flores which is the starting point for this adventure. To get to the city of Flores first as it will be your starting point for this adventure. The city of Flores can be reached by bus or shuttle from Antigua Guatemala in about 10 hours or it can be reached by short 45 min flight from Guatemala city. Once you have booked your guided tour you are set to go. I would not recommend this hike on your own as the logistics are quite daring. The tour will assure you have water food tents and support through the trip. A few things to consider: Go during the dry seasonlate oct-May unless you like hiking in really tough and muddy conditions. Mosquito repellent is your friend. Boots are must. Bring an extra pair of shoes or sandals to walk around el mirador as most likely your boots will be very muddy and dirty There is no water in the hike so you must bring all of the water for your trip. The good thing is that if you booked a tour your guide will most likely have a donkey where you can carry your stuff. Bring red-filters for your lamp and backup lamp. It’s good if you spot some wildlife and don’t want to scare them off.

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Bring a first aid kit. There is nothing on the hike. Hydration is key as the jungle can get very hot so bring some hydration salts that you can mix in your water. Pack as light as you can. If you booked a tour they will give you food but bring some extra as there are no stores in the whole trek.

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