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El Mirador

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El Mirador

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Tikal Day Trip by Air from Antigua with Lunch

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Experience one of the ancient world’s most incredible archaeological sites at Tikal, a celebrated Mayan city deep in the Guatemalan jungle, on this convenient 10-hour trip by air from Antigua. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Guatemalan jungle on your flight to this UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mayan site, spending the day exploring this incredible city’s steep temples and beautiful plazas with the help of your guide. Your day trip from Antigua to Tikal also includes round-trip transportation from your Antigua hotel, lunch, and all entrance fees.
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ralf s wrote a review Apr 2020
Peoria, Arizona5 contributions10 helpful votes
If you like Mayan history and enjoy nature and hiking El Mirador trek might be for you. We used Dinastia Kan and we are super happy with their services. I have contacted Antonio a couple months before our trip. I quickly learned he does business in old fashion. In a good way. He responded to my emails quickly and answered all the questions thoroughly and patiently. That is rarity these days in business world where young bucks are able to focus on no more than 2 lines of text. He explained every detail which was important since we travel with an 11 year old boy. His punctuality is remarkable. A couple days before our meeting we sent him a message advising where we going to stay in Flores. He responded he will meet us at our hotel at 5 PM. Five minutes before 5PM we received an email he is waiting in the lobby. Next day in the morning he waited to pick us up and take us to Carmelita. The breakfast was served upon arrival and soon after we were on our way to visit El Mirador. It is 43 km each way but during a dry season it can be a very pleasant hike. First night we spent at El Tintal site in the camp at the foot of a pyramid. The camp is basic but more than adequate. Old fashion “showers” are 10Q and they became one of our son’s favorite activities. Our cook Carla showed her talents and every meal (3 a day) was delicious. El Mirador itself is a majestic place. I strongly suggest to do some reading before the visit. Some additional knowledge will make this place even more enjoyable. We were fortunate since we were the only group an that day. So we had ample amount of time to explore. Almost… Later that day a group of very noisy tourists appeared in the next door camp. It was not a surprise to learn they were from France. A crucial factor in our trip was our guide – Eduardo. In the past we used guide services in various places but nobody can come even close to Eduardo. His knowledge of the Mayan history is outstanding. He expertly pointed architectural details, patiently answered questions and advised on current theories. His passion for archeology is apparent. I wish we could spend more time at El Mirador to learn more from him. But not only that. A journey through the forest was very enjoyable since he was able to tell us about plants, animals we were seeing. Eduardo was very patient and attentive. He never left a lose end. He is one of the reasons we will be back.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Alex wrote a review Mar 2020
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Booked 6-day group tour, with a translator, through Cooperativa Carmelita. It was my wife and I, two friends, an Italian translator hired for gigs (NOT a bi-lingual guide, which makes a difference), the guide from the cooperative, muleteer, cook. PROS: Few special places in the world don't have roads leading to them, and this is one of them. Much more of a sense of discovery than at more developed sites in Belize and Mexico. Our guide took us INTO the tombs, e.g., not just shined a light through the metal grate. Our guide took care of us in the sense that he kept an eye out for snakes and for wildlife that we might want to see. The accomodations were well done: tents under semi-permanent shelters from the rain with thick foam cushions for beds. Food was fine: we were more than full. CONS: Communication with the Cooperativa was almost entirely absent. After you pay your money online, you don't recieve immediate confirmation or any additional information about the trip. It's up to you to contact their office and get information (e.g.-they don't provide a pillow so I brought extra clothes to bundle up) Communication with the guide on the trail was sparse (for example he didn't warn us to look for the army ants that got my wife and I twice). Maybe this was a failure of our translator but I don't think so. Marta was great. It's just a very do it yourself attitude. The lack of leadership by the Cooperativa led to three negatives: Our night at the actual Mirador camp we had another group staying across the field from us that was with Dinastia Kan (also a company of the Cooperativa). It was a bunch of kids (college trip?) that brought a bunch of booze and partied into the night with loud music (loud music is actually banned in the reserve, but I did not feel like the one who should be enforcing the rules in the moment). Their guide should have kept that from happening, it was horribly disruptive to the otherwise magical experience there. The camps are more developed than you'd expect with multiple semi-permanent tarp structures, water collection, etc, and there was a good amount of plastic litter in the camps and some along the trails. My wife and I picked up a lot on the trails, but the guide made no notice of the litter or suggested that we not litter. The guide, our translator, the muleteer, the camp "hosts", and one of our group, all smoked. My wife and I didn't want to go against the majority so we didn't say anything, just put up with a lot of smoke smell. Once again, smoking is explicitly banned in the reserve area around Mirador but not followed by the Cooperativa. Recommendations: I would have been disappointed if we had not done this trip and I recommend it for anyone else. Do the 6 day if for no other reason than to say that you survived a 40km hiking day. Also because you won't see another group after you leave Mirador camp. Wear long pants and sleeves to help avoid bites/stings. We ended up with quite a few ticks (put dishsoap on them to get them to unbury and then they're easier to pull), some mosquitoes, and army ant bites (if you see ants in a line, don't worry. if you see ants all over the ground in a swarm-like pattern, then run through it and stomp for feet to get them off. consider tucking in your pants to avoid ants in the pants :) Don't leave your bag with the Coopertiva if it might smell like food. My wife's new backpack got eaten by rodents we think because of an empty coke bottle left inside. The Coopertiva paid someone in Flores to put a patch on it but it's not the same. TAKE BINOCULARS! We took our binoculars and ended up sharing them with everyone because when a toucan is in a tree below you as you stand on top of La Danta it is a tragedy not to see it up close.
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Date of experience: March 2020
Pauline M wrote a review Mar 2020
Edinburgh, United Kingdom12 contributions
We did the six day trip with Dinastiá Kan this month, it was wonderful. After a long and bumpy journey in the minivan from Flores to Carmelita we walked with our guide while the mule caravan and cook travelled separately and would meet up with us for lunch and at the camps, all of the camps have some buildings and at least one park ranger based there all the time. When we arrived we would have fruit and juice while our guide and muleteer pitched the tents, under fixed awnings, and the hammocks. Each camp had a baño, a basic long drop toilet, and a shower facility, another basic enclosure with wooden boards to stand on and a bucket of (cold) water and a basin. The camps collect their own rain water and some of this is purified to make drinking water. When hiking we carried our own water bottles, but could top these up when we met with the mule caravan at lunch each day. The food was excellent, a cooked breakfast and dinner every day, and a substantial lunch while hiking. The tents were for two persons, Dinastiá Kan provided foam mats and a sheet to cover them as well as sleeping bags. On the first and last day the hiking was a little tricky due to the oath being churned up by vehicles, but beyond El Tintal it was mostly quite easy waking on flat dry tacks. Our guide gave good explanations for all of the ruins we explored, the evening climbs up the ruined pyramids to see the sunsets, and on one occasions a sunrise, were wonderful, with jungle all around as far as we could see and in every direction. The climbs are steep with high steps and a head torch is essential for coming down safely in the dark. The great highlight of the trip for me, was the wild life. We saw both spider monkeys and howler monkeys playing in the trees around the camps, especially at Nakbe, the spider monkeys would come and shake the branches at us. We saw many pizote, foxes, and a tarantula on the path as we returned from La Dante, parrots and even toucans. The sound of the howler monkeys was amazing to hear. Our guide, Wilbur, was lovely and provided lots of information, our cook, Narida, made us delicious food at every meal, and our muleteer, Jose, was very hardworking, packing up our gear, sewing it into hessian sacks and loading the mules, then helping Wilbur set up every day when we got in, they all worked really well together, and made us very comfortable. Overall the organisation was really good, and the experience was wonderful. Setting the trip up was easy, Antonio responded quickly to all of my emails and met with us the night before to go over any last minute questions that I had. I had tried to contact the Cooperativa Carmelita directly, but despite what seemed to be a good website, they never responded to my enquiry.
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Date of experience: March 2020
Rebecca & Tyeler wrote a review Mar 2020
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If your interested in exploring a mind boggling vast mayan city hidden in the jungle, seeing the largest pyramid in the world, and braving the (sometimes unforgiving) jungle, then do NOT miss out on this. Not to mention all the wildlife and jungle dwellers you will potentially see. I feel like I learned a lot more about the history and culture of the Maya more than Tikal, or any other well escavated, overcrowded site and (with a little imagination) felt like I was really there 2,000+ years ago. Carmelita was great- book directly with Oscar in Flores for the best information. If you book other things with him (shuttles, Tikal, tours) then he'll give you a discount on the lot. They seem like they had the best camp and food during the trip compared to Dinastia Kan but don't quote me on that. Tips: Bring shoes you know that are well broken in and won't give you grief. Definitely bring your own moleskin, medication. If you do get blisters (like me) you'll have the chance to ride on the back of a mule which was a great experience itself. Also rained really hard one day so bring a rain jacket if you want. Don't expect glamour:its the jungle with hard beds, long miles, and hot sun (although the trees offer blessed shade) but that's just part of the adventure. You'll definitely surprise yourself with how much your body can take. We loved our guide Santiago and how he was willing to explain every animal we saw (which was a lot)(three pumas!) and how he was genuinely passionate about the sites. You won't forget the experience! Just do it!
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Date of experience: March 2020
W0rld_Wander_Lust wrote a review Feb 2020
Shanghai, China94 contributions56 helpful votes
It takes two days to walk in with almost nothing to see during those two days, and two days to walk out the same way. It is hot and humid, and if you're lucky, it isn't very muddy. (I visited the last week of January and it was pretty dry.) The guides speak only Spanish. They insist that you communicate in Spanish. It seems they are proud they don't speak anything else. (I am not expected to speak fluent Khmer when I visit Angkor Wat.) If they really want to be "traditional", they should be speaking Mayan. Once you get to the ruins of El Mirador, there are only a few things to see - the total time necessary to do this is maybe 3 hours. Five days for three hours. Little of the site is excavated, so what is needed is a good explanation of what you aren't seeing. This is provided only in Spanish. To get more than "this is a pyramid" (with the implication being that you don't know it's a pyramid since it's just a pile of rubble) you need to be fluent. It just isn't worth your time unless you've read all the papers published about the site - you won't get any information from the guides unless your Spanish is excellent. If you have seen everything else in the region you may still want to visit, but do it only after you have seen everything else, twice. On the positive side, the basic accommodation is good and the food is plentiful and well-prepared. The staff is friendly. You can search word press for my article under becklectic.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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