EL MIRADOR FULL DAY TOUR
Sacbe, The White Road...
(GROUPS B & E)
ONE DAY TOUR 1 (GROUP B- Operated the first day in our fixed departure)
GROUP B- Meeting point Flores Airport Cafe at 9:00 a.m. sharp
You will leave from Flores at 9 a.m. and will get to El Mirador at 9:26 or 9:36 a.m. (depending on which helicopter will be in use) after a stunning flight over the Maya Biosphere Reserve. You will go on a guided walk through the site with a professional guide. The site has been the object of archaeological studies for the past 40 years, however, many people think it was just recently discovered by archaeologists in the middle of the Maya jungle. Most of the research and restoration work has been conducted over the last 28 years. The ancient name of El Mirador is not known, but Ox Te Tun or "The God's Place of Birth" may have been the name the Maya used, while the ruling dynasty's name that ruled over a vast State, known as Kan (the first political state in the Americas) and the scale of their power and achievements is just beginning to be understood... El Mirador is one of the most ancient & also one of the largest Maya cities, boasting the most massive pyramid ever built on Earth, named La Danta, 79 meters tall. Its construction filling alone consists of 2.8 million cubic meters and it covers a very large surface at its base of 6.5 by 3.5 football fields! As you will see the tallest pyramids at El Mirador are named after animals. La Danta means tapir, which is the largest mammal in the neotropics... This morning you will start by walking on the Danta Causeway and climbing Danta and appreciating the beautiful view from the top as well as seeing the artful decorations consisting of large ceremonial masks at La Pava Group (a female turkey). On your walk back you will appreciate Structure 313 in the Great Acropolis of El Mirador and the hydraulic system, where you will appreciate a magnificent frieze depicting the hero twins of the Popol Vuh and other mythological motifs. You will continue to Structure 34, where you will appreciate 2 large pannels depicting a jaguar paw ear spool motif on each side of the stairway. Time and energy permitting you will be able to take a quick hike up El Tigre Pyramid, the second largest at El Mirador, 55 meters above ground level before you return to the encampment to have a late lunch at 2:15 p.m. After lunch you will return to helipad at 3:00 p.m. and depart from El Mirador back to Flores airport, where you will arrive before 4 p.m. to check in for your flight to Guatemala City or proceed to Flores, Tikal or Belize for your next adventure with Ecotourism & Adventure Specialists.
ONE DAY TOUR # 2 (GROUP E- Operated the second day in our fixed departure)
GROUP E- Meeting point Camino Real Tikal helipad (times will vary for departure from the hotel)
You will leave from the Hotel Camino Real Tikal's helipad instead of from Flores' airport. This adventure's itinerary is exactly the same as above, except your departure is from the hotel's helipad instead. You will be landing at Flores airport & transfers to the Camino Real Tikal by land will be provided if needed...
Filming over the island city of Flores (August 2006)... & sitting in front of a detail on Mirador's Structure 34, Nando and Patrocinio are 2 of the oldest park guards and some of your hosts at the site of El Mirador. They patrol and safeguard the treasures at the Mirador- Rio Azul National Park. (Photo by Carla Molina, February 2005).
Price per person US$ 560 to be revised... minimum of 4 maximum of 5 participants per helicopter (depending on which helicopter is in use).
What's included? Helicopter transfers Flores- Mirador- Flores, a mid morning snack and a plentiful lunch, including all the water you will need at the site, lots of adrenaline & a real ecotourism & adventure professional guide that will bring the site to life for you!!!
What's not included? Airfare from Belize City or Guatemala City. Transfers to and from the airport.
OPTIONAL: An optional flight to Flores from Guatemala City may be added to your helicopter tour to El Mirador... If you are starting from Guatemala City check in at your airline's counter at 5:30 a.m. for your flight 7972 with INTER DE TACA or TAG Airlines) to Flores Peten. Your flight departs Guatemala City International Airport at 6:30 a.m. and arrives into Flores Airport at 7:20 a.m. We will also gladly arrange your flights from Belize City o your transfers from Chetumal or Palenque...
NEW: Finally, if you have more time to spend at El Mirador on this trip we also organize a 5 day and 4 night trekking expedtion (or on muleback) starting from the village of Carmelita with our jungle guide, Cesar Moran... For information write us at firstname.lastname@example.org or see our next fixed departures marked on our Mirador Park website's calendar.
Mirador Structure 34 detail (Photo by Carla Molina, February 2005)
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