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El Mirador, Guatemala

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  • August 5, 2017
    1. the first VIEWPOINT of all emphasize that it is worth much (we did 5 days but you can hire 7 and visit some ruins more remote). Temples half covered with vegetation, which gives you a beauty more natural in my opinion (compared to Palenque and Tikal are limipios may seem false, and if there are many people you can feel like at an amusement park...) archaeologists are still working there, you can talk to them which is very interesting. The scenery from the top of the pyramids is spectacular! 360° of virgin jungle des where you can see the Tikal in the distance and the rest of pyramids by way of mountains that have not yet been excavated. It is truly impressive. 2.RECORRIDO from the village of Carmelita starts the excursion to the first camp of the auction. They are about 23 km (5-6 h depending on the rhythm). I recommend trying to be a small group (we were 4) because so you can go at a constant pace and remember rest stops with more ease. Once at Camp dan dine and sleep in hammocks with mosquito nets or campaign tents as you prefer. For our surprise they have installed some very basic showers but that sat as the best! If we are lucky you can find some SOAP and cold water. At 5 am is breakfast and starts to walk to the second camp of el Mirador. About 17km with much heat and accumulated fatigue. In this camp there are showers unavailable but you can buy a shower for 20 quetzales think workers that vivien there. During the two tours luggage a few mules carry it (but take the basics!) Clothing replacement, spry anti mosquito, a small first aid kit to heal scratches, blisters on your feet, wipes hygiene etc.). The Guide gives you water but well will bring itself to go fill and drink to taste water bottle. Also provide small snacks and fruit during the breaks. The 3rd day will stop all the morning and afternoon mirador archeological area. And at the 4° day returns back to the camp of the auction and finally to Carmelita 5 ° day where they give you food and drink. 3. with who hire the TOUR there are 3 options: travel agencies, freelance guides and guides of the cooperative of Carmelita. The agencies charge a Commission which is more expensive. The standard of the cooperative price is on the 250USD. With guides freelance can negotiate and find a price cheaper. Now, according to our experience staff directly from the cooperative (they have an office in flowers, but we find it closed, so we say find a freelance Guide and negotiate a good price). The people of the cooperative has joined to work and train as guides, sharing the benefits among all and right now only have access to the PARQUE NATURAL guides accredited of the cooperative. We hired a guide freelance in flowers (called Alexander. Medium long hair, with a tattoo of a hoof on the arm, usually on the promenade selling crafts and tattoos shop. LO discourage already that he knew current requirements and yet we sold that could access either). The theme is that it years ago he could do any guide, but right now only park managers leave access groups with accredited guides (i.e., trained and accident insurance). So we got out of the bus and saw that the guide was not accredited denied us access. Guardians of the Park already the knew (of attempting to access several times without license). Were there waiting for like 2 hours until he agreed to hire the services of a guide of the cooperative. In the end the price was the same as which we had gained in the cooperative (250USD each person). So save you problems and go safe! All this situation explained to us the Forest Rangers and the police, so it is 100% reliable! Finally recommend to our guide Angelica! A young girl but very in shape and hot! We served very well, good explanations of the pyramids, good food and talks! In my opinion I think that it is a good initiative that created the cooperative. There are opinions that say that they are made with the absolute control of the place, but I think that they have been organized by the community, invniertiendo time, resources and studies (which are mandatory) for trained as guides and thus give them a profession in an area isolated and limited in terms of resources and work outputs. In the end, not everything revolves around of money. As a tourist can decide to pay organized cooperative or private agencies that hire them for less money and get a Commission. To enjoy!
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  • August 4, 2017
    With 2 early twenties and Guatemalan friends we enjoyed a delicious 6-day tour in jungle. Don Abel one of the brothers of Dinastian Can has us all included in the Maya story and gave us fantastic accompanied. It was exhausting and basic overnight accommodation (tent-water to wash in a bucket-toilet was ok) Incredibly many animals seen and heard a lot more. Super blissful sounds from that jungle!!!
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  • April 21, 2017
    I'll start by saying the the overall experience of doing the hike and seeing the ruins was great. The ruins are nothing like you can see at Tikal or other more developed places, but it's still cool to...  more »

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