Kan Ahau, The Ancient Serpent Kingdom...



GROUP D- Meeting point Flores Airport Cafe at 2:45 p.m. sharp

You will fly over the impressive Maya Biosphere Reserve to El Mirador archaeological site. Your helicopter departs from the Flores airport at 3:15 p.m. and arrives into El Mirador at 3:45 p.m. You will start by visiting Los Monos Temple (the monkeys), about 48 meters tall. One of the main pyramids at El Mirador, Los Monos, is a triadic complex... These are characteristic of Pre Classic Maya architecture, and represent the Three Hearth Stones (Ox Te Tun) or the Place of Birth of the Maya Gods in Maya mythology... You will then visit Structure 313, recently restored, and Structure 34, where you will appreciate a magnificent frieze depicting a jaguar paw. You will take your strategic sunset positions together with Group A. Return to camp for dinner and overnight in tents or hammocks in the middle of the jungle.

Mirador Project staff at the top of La Danta Pyramid, the largest one in the world & detail on Structure 34, El Mirador 2006... Mirador Structure 34- Ecotourism & Adventure Specialists offers the best tours to El Mirador to demanding travelers like the Gardners and friends, Your hosts are knowledgeable archaeologists and nature guides.(Photos by Carla Molina).


You may rise early to see the sunrise at El Mirador on your own. Breakfast will be served at the camp at 7:30 a.m. before you go on a guided walk through the site with a local park guard at 8 a.m. El Mirador has been the object of archaeological studies for the past 26 years, although some 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, 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... This morning you will see La Pava Group (a female turkey) and the ancient residences named Cascabel (rattlesnake)... Return to the encampment to have lunch at 1 p.m. and immediately after depart by helicopter to Flores at 2:00 p.m.

You will be back at Flores Airport at 2:30 p.m.

Price per person US$ to be revised... limitted to 3 or 4 participants maximum.

What's included? Helicopter transfers Flores- Mirador- Flores. One mid morning snack, lunch, dinner and 1 breakfast. Camping gear, tents or hammocks, and plenty of water, lots of adrenaline & real ecotourism & adventure!!!

What's not included? Airfare from Belize City, Guatemala City or Cancun. Transfers to and from the airport. Bed linnen or sleeping bags.

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...

TRANSFERS: Your driver will be waiting for you when you get back from El Mirador to take you to Tikal, or to Camino Real Tikal, or explore the island city of Flores before your next tour....

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 sales@mayaworld.org

Filming at the top of the Danta Pyramid, the largest pyramid in the world (June 2006)

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