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El Mirador

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Ranked #33 of 179 Attractions in Guatemala
Type: Ancient Ruins
Activities: Hiking
Traveler Description: Various operators can offer a trek to El Mirador. It includes a guide (a certified guide from Carmelita), an arriero who takes care of the mules and... more »
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Ashland, Oregon
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 via mobile

Within an 45 minutes of deciding to do this treck we were speeding down the road in a mini van to the trail head to meet up with a group that had left that mourning. We learned that everyone was supposed to bring their own TP, and that even if you don't like bug spray(which we don't) we ended up... More

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Denver, Colorado
1 review
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

I did a six day hike with two others to El Mirador two weeks ago. I used Reino Kan tours and probably paid more than I should have ($600) but I also had an English-language translator and a private ride to and from Carmelita which beats a chicken bus any day - especially when you're finished. We hiked during the... More

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Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
33 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

I had wanted to get to El Mirador since first hearing about it a few years ago. PLANNING: I had a rigid timeline in Flores and that would mean that my dates would be specific. Mentioning this is important as if you've got Spanish skills and a lot of time to kill, you could take a camioneta up to Carmelita... More

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Murcia, Spain
1 review
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

The hike was amazing. We did the 6 days hike, to kind of complete the circle that includes 5 mayan sites. To me the most incredible thing was to walk for several hours, get to the mayan site, up to the temple and see the sunset from there. Each of the mayan sites is an encampment, and there is room... More

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Bellingham, Washington
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
24 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

I recently took a 5-day trek to visit El Mirador and it was truly one of the greatest experiences I've ever had on vacation (and I've traveled a lot!). It was a long, (53km each way) slog to the site through mud and swamp (it's usually drier in December, but they are having an unusually extended rainy season), but it... More

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San Jose, Costa Rica
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

I totally agree with HemanNor´s comment (see below). There is currently a conflict in Carmelita, as an organization called Cooperativa tries to take the control of all the tourist business for themselves, ruling out other people by setting up accreditations that they give only to their people, and that don't mean anything at all. Guides without accreditation will take you... More

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

Just got back from my third trek out to El Mirador. Hoped for rain but it came late this year, just as we were riding back from Carmelita to Flores. Still, it was my best time out there mostly due to the guide, Alex Machuca (Call his brother Humberto at 4948-0596 in Guatemala - Spanish only or Email me -... More

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Copan, Honduras
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76 reviews 76 reviews
48 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

If you do the six day trek you see new sights each day rather than backtracking the same route from the first two days. It is not an easy walk, it is a trek, even in the dry season. The ruins are phenomenal and I have already been to 30 of them. Take a powdered electrolyte along to add to... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Just 2 days ago my wife and I returned home in Fort Lauderdale from the best time of our lives in the jungle of El Peten Guatemala. We arranged everything from here with Oscar Salas , owner and operator of Reino Kan travel so we were kind of prepared economically for just the two of us, but to our happy... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

Our 12-person group just completed the trek last week, it was fabulous. We found ourselves a local guide in Carmelita who had all his papers in order. Cooperativa people and some others who claimed to be CONAP police were patrolling the trail but let us pass after our guide talked to them. (In Flores we met 3 french guys who... More

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