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10 DAYS: Transformational trekking to the Mayan lost city of El Mirador @ Guatemala

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Why us ?

Because of our transformational, sustainable and ethical approach. 

Engage with your destinations and its heritage, be an active and experimental traveler and  cultivate joy and experience bliss during your journey.

Remember that you are not only traveling, in fact you are supporting many noble causes, and keep in mind that your investment benefits you, the residents you meet, and mother nature.

- high quality, hygiene, safety & comfort - 24/7 customer service - exclusive & unique activities - sustainable philosophy - social responsibility - amazing destinations - a team of local living legends - exquisite local food - handpicked accommodations - on-time transportation - and much more.

When you have to choose between two roads, ask yourself which of them has a heart? Whoever chooses the path of the Heart never makes a mistake.

Popol Vuh (the sacred book of the Mayans).

Questions?

Feel free to contact us. We are a team of expert travel designers more than happy to help you.

How can we customize it for you? If it leaves you dreaming about it, and makes you smile. Just let us know, and we can begin the process of tailoring it.

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Tour Details

Finding the largest pyramid in the world; La Danta:

A mindful  journey specially designed for your personal and spiritual renewal by deeply connecting with the magic of the heart of the Mayan biosphere reserve (conservation and protected area) and the elite Mayan Kan Kingdom or the serpent dynasty.

A total disconnection with the modern world and a real connection with the ancestral one.

Curated for those socially and environmentally conscious travelers on a quest of ancient wisdom awaiting its reactivation, and for all the explorers with a high sense of adventure, lovers of mother nature and ancient energies, and the refined taste for the peaceful, and healing experience of visiting Mayan sacred sites. 

Immerse yourself with the mystic and enigmatic Mayan lost city of El Mirador (one of the most powerful places of transformation on planet earth), and discover where one of humanity’s greatest secrets is kept; the impressive Temple of La Danta (the biggest pyramid in Earth’s volume), as you walk and explore the mighty jungle. Learn and engage with the most important city of the great Maya civilization (actually its ancient headquarters), its flora, fauna, ancient and contemporary myths, legends and traditions, culture, the Mayan calendars, and about yourself (on a higher and deeper level). 

Travel with your heart and mind open, be receptive to all the life lessons that these sacred lands have for you and feel good because with your presence you are supporting many noble causes that nowadays really matter.

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Highlights

Travel dates

Available all-year-round.

Country

Guatemala.

Airport

GUA (arrival & departure).

Duration

10 days – 09 nights.

Ratings

Medium.

Interest

Sacred sites, ancient history, nature, adventure, spirituality, wellness, culture and community.

Lodging

Luxury hotels and camping.

Transportation

Van / microbus & airplane.

Destinations & activities

Day 01: Guatemala city & Antigua Guatemala (World Heritage Site).

Welcome (GUA airport) – drive to Antigua – free & easy time – Luxury Hotel Antigua.

Day 02: Antigua Guatemala & El Petén.

Antigua walking tour – drive to GUA airport – flight FRS – free & easy time – Luxury Hotel El Peten.

Days 03 – 08: El Mirador (Mayan Biosphere Reserve).

Transformational trekking to the Mayan lost city of El Mirador – Camping.

Day 09: El Petén & Antigua Guatemala.

Free & easy time – flight GUA – drive to Antigua – free & easy – Luxury Hotel Antigua.

Day 10: Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala city.

Goodbye – drive to GUA airport – Buen Camino.

Your Itinerary

Day 01Welcome to Guatemala (Heart of the Mayan world) and Antigua transfer.

Welcome by your team at the Aurora International Airport (GUA) and transportation to the cosmopolitan and colonial City of La Antigua Guatemala (UNESCO World Heritage Site), a “pueblo magico” full of charm and probably the most visited one in the country.

Free and easy time to explore your colonial surroundings (try to arrive before midday to enjoy the sunset in Antigua with tea, coffee, or drinks), begin to connect with the local people and international community, and prepare yourself for your upcoming transformative journey. 

Meals: Welcome dinner.

Lodging: Luxury Hotel in Antigua.

Activities: Welcome transfer and sightseeing.

Day 02Antiguas visit (culture and art related), and your local flight to the Mayan lowlands of El Peten

Morning breakfast and your walking tour across the cobbled streets of this marvelous and cosmopolitan city focused on its art, culture, and fantastic history by visiting its most emblematic hot sports.

The central plaza, cathedral, history and art museums,  jade stores (the sacred stone of the Mayans), unique markets, la Calle del Arco (Arch street), El Mirador El Cerro de la Cruz (with a fantastic panoramic view of the city) and much more.

Lunch and afternoon transportation to Guatemala City for your quick-local flight to the Mayan lowlands of Peten (home of the most iconic sacred sites), followed up by your drive to the protected natural reserve of El Remate located next to the Lake Peten Itza (or the soothsayer priest of the water) for your introductions to the Mayan world by learning more about the history of the ancient Mayans who inhabited these areas, the Itzaes. 

Meals: Breakfast and dinner. 

Lodging: Luxury Hotel in El Peten. 

Activities: Antigua walking tour, quick-local flight to Flores (FRS), and El Remate.

Day 03The beginning of your trek to the Mayan lost city of El Mirador with El Tintal sacred site

Remember that getting there it’s half the fun.

Typical morning breakfast followed by your guided ride through the Mayan jungle communities until Carmelita shire and the beginning of your uplifting expedition to connect with the jungle, its mysticism, magic and healing power.

It’s about time to decipher the greatest mysteries and enigmas of this impressive civilization as you walk through its dense jungle paths, with plenty of breathtaking views, lush vegetation, flora and wild fauna. 

Trekking until El Tintal, an archeological site with a Mayan football courtyard, acropolis, and the Henequen pyramid (47 meters or 155 feet). 

Jungle dinner and lodging under the stars at El Tintal campsite.

Meals: All.

Lodging: Camping.

Activities: Trekking, wildlife photography, stargazing, bonfire, legends, and myths about the Maya civilization and El Mirador.

Day 04Trekking from El Tintal to the heart of the Mayan Biosphere Reserve (arriving at El Mirador)

Early jungle breakfast and the continuation of your journey with snacks and lunch in the middle of the dense jungle.

The visit of the archeological site of La Muerta (one of the most unusual sites because of having two subterranean labyrinths) until the lost city of El Mirador and your opportunity to appreciate the indescribable sunset of the Mayan biosphere reserve at the top of El Tigre pyramid. 

Jungle dinner and camping under the stars at El Mirador campsite.

Meals: All.

Lodging: Camping.

Activities: Trekking, wildlife photography, stargazing, bonfire, legends and myths about the Maya civilization, and El Mirador.

Day 05Finally, El Mirador and your exploration of La Danta pyramid.

Early wake-up and appreciation of the majestic and breathtaking sunrise of the Mayan jungle and its inhabitants.

Breakfast at El Mirador campsite and all-day exploration of La Danta pyramid, with an impressive structure that reaches more than 170 meters high, around 300 by 300 meters wide (making an unbelievable average of 2.8 million cubic meters of handwork) and dated from more than 1,000 BC.

Jungle lunch at the campsite followed by the visit of the Jaguar Claw Temple, the baseboard of the Popol Vuh hero twins (the Mayan bible), where you are going to decode what was written in stone by the ancient Mayans who inhabited these places.

And to end your day, the one-of-a-kind experience of witnessing the magical sunset and dusk of the jungle from the highest part of the largest pyramid in the world.

Jungle dinner and camping under the stars at El Mirador campsite.

Meals: All.

Lodging: Camping.

Activities: Sunrise and sunset at the top of the pyramids, trekking, bonfire, stories, and legends about the Maya civilization and El Mirador.

Day 06The Kan Kingdom or the Snake Dynasty

!Always trust the process!

Jungle breakfast followed by a day of deep knowledge about the ancient Mayan secrets and yourself (in a higher and deeper way).

Engage with Kan Kingdom, meditate and continue exploring this sacred site, because today is a day focused on introspection and the teachings of the mighty mayan jungle.

Jungle dinner and camping under the stars at El Mirador campsite.

Meals: All.

Lodging: Camping.

Activities: Sunrise and sunset at the top of the pyramids, a free & easy day, bonfire, stories, and legends about the Maya civilization and El Mirador.

Day 07The beginning of your return; trekking from El Mirador to El Tintal.

!It’s all about the journey and not the destination!

Early jungle breakfast and the continuation of your trek back to El Tintal archaeological site, following the same paths that lead you here.

The walk itself through the jungle, your connection with nature together with its harmony and peace, is going to be your teacher in your integration process.

Snacks, lunch in the middle of the jungle, dinner, and camping under the stars at El Tintal campsite. 

Meals: All.

Lodging: Camping.

Activities: Trekking, wildlife photography, stargazing, bonfire, stories, and legends about the Maya civilization and El Mirador.

Day 08Thank you for everything mayan jungle and ancient world, and welcome back to civilization.

Early jungle breakfast at El Tintal campsite and your last trekking day in the jungle, snacks on the way, and your return to Carmelita for a well-deserved typical and local lunch, followed by your drive to the stunning and lush protected area of El Remate. 

Free and easy afternoon to recover yourself from your transformative journey, so take some time to rest, swim, read or hang out and integrate your experiences.

Meals: All. 

Lodging: Luxury Hotel in El Peten. 

Activities: Trekking, wildlife photography, legends about the Maya civilization, transportation to El Remate and holistic mayan massage.

Day 09El Remate, the local-quick flight back to Guatemala city (GUA) and your goodbye dinner in Antigua

Breakfast and a free and easy morning to keep enjoying and exploring your unique surroundings, followed by the transportation back to the airport for your quick-local flight to Guatemala city.

Drive to Antigua and because it is your last night in Guatemala, you are going to have the perfect time celebrating life and transformation with a special goodbye dinner.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner.

Lodging: Luxury Hotel in Antigua. 

Activities: Free & easy time at El Peten, quick-local flight to Guatemala (GUA) and goodbye dinner in Antigua.

*Note: During this day you need to take an antigen test to fly back home on the next day, and your team is going to help you to coordinate that.

Day 10Final exit transfer to Guatemala City airport (GUA) and the end of your services

Morning breakfast and your final transfer to the Airport.

Goodbye from your team and until the next time! Buen Camino.

Meals: breakfast. 

Lodging: none.

Activities: Exit transfer and sightseeing.

Other Details

INCLUDED:

– 24/7 guest support.

– High profile tour leaders in English and experienced local guides.

– All breakfasts and dinners.

– Days 03 to 08 lunches.

Round quick-local flight (GUA – FRS / FRS – GUA).

– All the activities.

All transfers between hotels and activities.

 

– 09 Nights accommodation.

-02 nights in Antigua Guatemala at:

Hotel Casa Santo Domingo or Hotel El Convento (double or twin shared rooms).

– 02 nights in El Peten at:

Hotel Las Lagunas or Hotel La Lancha (in a double or twin shared room).

– 05 nights at El Mirador camping (in single or double tents).

Lodging with camping gear including all the necessary equipment (and more).

 

At El Mirador: 

-Before the expedition, a safe storage place to leave your valuable things (the ones you are not going to use for the trek). 

-01 High profile tour leaders in English and 02 assistant guides. 

-01 Chef in charge of cooking all the meals plus 01 assistant. Three full meals per day,  daily snacks & all the necessary water. If you have any specific diet or restrictions, let us know.

-02 Porters in charge of the mules.

-05 Loading mules (for carrying all gear, equipment, and all types of supplies).

-02 Chair mules (for the explorers tired of the trek) when necessary. 

-Jungle showers (all days).

-Completely first aid kit and medical equipment.

-Charging generators for electrical equipment (just at the Mirador campsite).

-Sunrise and sunsets on the top of the temples. 

-Plus more thrills and surprises along the way (because we have the special keys).

 

NOT INCLUDED:

– International flights and airport taxes.

– Days 01, 02, 09 & 10 lunches.

– All the drinks at restaurants.

– Personal expenses of any kind.

– Antigen or PCR test for Covid-19 in Guatemala (to take your flight back home).

– The not described services at our sample itinerary.

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Your requirements and recommendations that facilitate entering fully into the experience

– Travel with a high and great intention, with your heart and mind open, and be receptive to all the lessons and secrets that these sacred lands have for you.

– Your purpose:

Loving, discovering, cleaning, understanding, envisioning, feeling the spirit, the essence of your being, opening your heart, diluting and controlling the ego, identifying, eliminating contents that cause suffering, and expanding your consciousness.

– Your attitude (respect and trust):

Much respect because it is sacred and very powerful, confidence, to be in total harmony with yourself and with others (without any prejudice).

Important Notes

– No matter where you are, always travel with health & travel insurance.

-The Transformational trekking to the Mayan lost city of El Mirador, it’s an expedition for lovers of adventure and nature; that enjoy traveling out of their comfort zone. 

-Remember that it’s a total disconnection with the modern world. Not having any kind of signal (internet or telephone) from the beginning until the end of the expedition (days 03 – 08) and a real connection with the ancestral world, where you have a much more profound connection.

-All your days are going to start from around 4:30 – 5:00 am, walking around 07 hours daily (approximately 27 – 32 km or 18 – 23 miles) with small breaks through the Mayan jungle’s humid paths with an average of 80% density and mixed topography.

-Tell all your friends, family, and community about it. We recommend having this experience with a group of your closest friends because it’s going to connect all of you on a more profound and higher level.

Follow the instructions of your expert Tour leader / spiritual guide and local guides. They really know what they are doing. Ask them, question them, and also connect with them. They are going to surprise you.

Just by traveling to El Mirador, you are going to understand why we call it El Mirador, and you definitely won’t be the same. So now you know, because there are no words to describe this experience!

FAQ

Got a question? No problemo! We’re here to help you with everything you need to know about your transformative expedition.

Check out our FAQS below. If your question isn’t there, feel free to contact us.

What's the average age of the explorers?

The majority of participants are young people, most commonly known as millennials from all over the world, on an average of 25 to 45 years old. 

But there are also many travelers of different ages who make the expedition without problems, from 18 to 65-year-old adults. Age is not limited if the person has a good physical condition.

What kind of physical condition should I have to make this happen?

It is recommended to have a good state of health and be able to walk around 07 continuous hours each day.

When to go?

The expedition is available 365 days of the year (including holidays). The best time to make it happen would be from the beginning of November to the end of June, a season in which the level of physical effort is minimal since the trails are completely dry and easy to navigate. 

During the months of July to October (rainy season), it is necessary to make an additional physical effort to travel in the flood and mud areas (that’s pretty funny), which constitute 30% of the route. However, it is possible to do it with a level of more significant mental and physical challenge. In this period, the presence of mosquitoes increases.

How are the camping areas and sanitary services? Do you guys provide tents?

Yes, we provide fully equipped and top quality tents (with mattresses, pillows, sheets, blankets, mosquito nets, etc.). So you don’t have to worry about anything, ok

You are going to sleep in jungle base camps with sanitary facilities (dry toilets) and shower spaces (with water collected from the rain).

What kind of food will I have?

Complete typical breakfast and dinners are included at the campsites, and during the trek, lunch boxes with snacks, sandwiches, and fruits are offered. Plus all the water you need.

We provide alternatives for vegetarians/vegans.

What to pack?

*Important reminder: Be conscious of what you pack, and always keep sustainability in mind.

It is essential to carry only what is necessary for the five days of trekking in a travel (25 pounds) backpack transported on a cargo mule. 

The rest of your luggage can be left in the deposit of your hotel or at our offices. We recommend carrying a small backpack to transport your water, personal implements as light as possible, since you will have to take your bag during the trekking.

– All your most special amulets, both to be recharged during the journey, and in the temples.

– Something to take notes on, a notebook with a pen (because you might want to write down all those ideas that are going to come during the experience).

– Light long sleeve shirts and at least one pair of short sleeves.

– Cool pants or lululemon (no jeans) and at least one pair of shorts.

– Comfortable tennis or trekking shoes (an extra pair it’s always good).

– Sticking plasters (you will definitely use these, trust us).

– Flip-flops.

– Socks and underwear. 

– All your hygiene items (towel, toothbrush, etc.) 

– Sunglasses, sunblock, and a hat or cap. 

– Sweater or jacket for the night.

– Raincoat (in case of possible rain).

– Mosquito/insect repellent.

– Container to carry water.

– Strong flashlight with extra batteries. 

– Good camera/video recorder with extra batteries and charging devices.

– Your favorite snacks (those that you cannot leave without).

– Personal medications; if you have some particular condition or under certain specific medicines, you must let us know, and take all the medication you need for the expedition’s duration plus more. This one is a must for you to come.

– A small backpack (20-25 l.) to take on the trek, with your “must gadgets for the expedition.”

– The cargo backpack with the rest of your belongings is going to be transported by the mules, so don’t worry about that. 

– We recommend bringing the minimum and indispensable.

Note: If you are coming during the rainy season (from July to October), it is necessary to bring waterproof clothing, and please don’t forget to bring hiking boots.

What sites do we visit on the expedition?

More than 13 archaeological sites are crossed during the five-day expedition, and you stop to visit El Tintal, La Muerta, and El Mirador.

What if I have a medical condition?

If you feel that a medical condition may affect your trip in any way, please let us know when purchasing your expedition ticket. We reserve the right to decline bookings if we feel we cannot accommodate your condition on any given tour.

What happens if there's an emergency?

We are a professional and high-quality tourism company having more than 15 years of experience doing this expedition, among many others. We have everything that we need and more to make it successful, and we count on an emergency/safety plan, and just for the record, we have never used it. As a backup, we rely upon a helicopter to come to pick us up.

Do I need to be vaccinated to make the expedition?

We recommend traveling with all your routine vaccines (that most likely you already have) such as hepatitis (A & B), typhoid, yellow fever, malaria, etc.

How is biodiversity (Flora & Fauna)?

High forest, where the vegetation can reach 35 meters high with species such as Ceiba (Ceiba pentandra), Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla), Ramón (Brosimum alicastrum), Chicozapote (Manilkara zapota), Allspice (Pimenta dioica), among many others. Low forest, with shrubs, pastures, and grasslands. Wetland areas of marsh, swamps that many animal species, especially resident and migratory birds, benefit. More than 25 species of birds, 56 species of reptiles/amphibians, 16 of fish, and countless invertebrates have been recorded in the circuit area. As in much of the Mayan Biosphere Reserve, the presence of jaguars (Panthera onca), deers (Odocoileus virginianus), pumas (Puma concolor), tapirs (Tapirus bairdii), ocelots (Leopardus pardalis), and armadillos (Dasypus novemcinctus). The extended families of howling monkeys (Alouatta pigra) and spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyí) can not be missed in the trees. While in the wetlands, they are recognized as shelters of a great diversity represented by the crocodile Moreleti (Crocodylus moreletii), the white turtle (Dermatemys mawii), and the white fish (Petunia Splendida).

What is the Kan Kingdom, and why is the cradle of the great Mayan civilization?

The Kan kingdom is the most important dynasty for the Maya; the serpent kingdom. The ones who created the first political State of all the Americas, the first superhighway of the world (with more than 90 km long), and the impressive Temple of La Danta (considered to be the most giant pyramid in the volume of planet earth). It was believed that the Mayans ’ most prominent achievements and constructions were related to the Classic Period (250-900 AD). However, constant research and studies in cities such as El Mirador recently revealed that even around 1,500 – 800 BC. Ceremonial spaces of significant dimensions and astronomical commemoration complexes were already being constructed. It was changing the Mayans’ history because it was at the beginning of the civilization where giant constructions were made. It is essential to mention that the Kan kingdom (the Serpent Dynasty) took different forms by changing its capital throughout Guatemala to Mexico.

In closing, we can tell you this. We have traveled the world and done several adventures. If you are into adventure, nature, ancient civilizations, sacred sites, history, culture, archeology, mysticism, the esoteric, this one it’s definitely for you.

How can we customize it for you?

If it catches your attention, leaves you dreaming about it, and makes you smile, just let us know, and we can begin the process of tailoring it

Call us or email us now:

 info@guatemalascension.org / sales@guatemalascension.org

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