HALF DAY TOUR TO EL MIRADOR
DAY 1 (The first day in our fixed departure)
GROUP C- Meeting point Flores Airport Cafe at 11:15 a.m. sharp
You will fly over the impressive Maya Biosphere Reserve to El Mirador archaeological site. Your helicopter departs from the Flores airport at 11:45 a.m. and arrives into El Mirador at 12:15 p.m. You will go on a condensed guided walk through some of the main points of interest at the site with a local park guard. (OPTIONAL: You may also take a professional archaeological guide with you at an additional cost). The site has been the object of archaeological studies for the past 26 years, however, many people think it was just recently discovered by archaeologists in the middle of the Guatemalan jungle. 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, is just beginning to be understood... El Mirador is one of the most ancient & also one of the largest Maya cities, with very large temples built in the triadic pattern, with a temple in the middle and two temples facing each other on the sides. You will get to see 2 such buildings, the El Tigre Pyramid, the second largest at El Mirador, 72 meters above ground level, & Los Monos Temple (the monkeys), about 400 meters south of El Tigre and about 48 meters tall. As the other main pyramids at El Mirador, Los Monos, is also a triadic complex... These are characteristic of the triadic Pre Classic Maya architecture, and represent the Three Hearth Stones (Ox Te Tun) or the Place of Birth of the Maya Gods... You will also visit Structure 313, recently restored, and Structure 34, where you will appreciate a magnificent frieze depicting a jaguar paw.
Your departure from the site will be at 2:15 p.m. back to Flores, where you will arrive at 2:45 p.m.
Our company's President, Carla Molina, with friend Dr. Richard Hansen of El Mirador project. (Photo by Daniela Sagone, June 2006)
Price per person US$ to be revised... limitted to 5 participants maximum.
What's included? Helicopter transfers Flores- Mirador- Flores. One mid morning snack and plenty of water, lots of adrenaline & real ecotourism & adventure!!!
What's not included? Airfare from Belize City, Guatemala City or Cancun.
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 or Cancun... Starting in November 2007 we will also gladly arrange your flights from Palenque...
NEW: Finally, if you prefer to have more time at El Mirador we also organize 6 day and 5 night expedtions on mule back starting from the village of Carmelita with our jungle guide, Alex Maza... For information write us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mirador Structure 34 detail (Photo by Leo Maldonado, August 2006)
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