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El Mirador, Guatemala

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  • Was this year with my girlfriend to Easter in Guatemala for 3 weeks, because a part of my family from there. But before that never was already often over at the Mirador. In total, we have us ung. 1 week time taken for the time in the jungle. 6 days Mirador and Tikal 1 day. We are flying with Avianca. We have made the whole thing about DINASTIA KAN. We have used on this company after reading through the reviews on TripAdvisor. Here was our contact "Antonio Centeno", which leads the project/company. First call / via email and then our guide in the jungle. He has just collected us from the hotel in Flores in the morning. From there, it went directly to Carmelita, where the starting point is. He lives there with his family and has his "headquarters". The last village there is before you're in the wilderness. Overall, we were a group of 7 people; my friend, 2 young women from the States, and Amna BB´s team (himself, a chef and an Assistant for everything). The luggage was loaded on the Mulas (3-4) on it so that everyone had to wear little even comparatively. Before we started, there was still a good breakfast by Antonios family. You can buy even odds and ends in a small place, if you should have forgotten what. Then we started already with the March. The 6 days were very exhausting from the go, but quite solvable. It was taken on the pace of the weakest consideration and often breaks. I advise you to, to do little, and have only the most important to. The rest can be wear the Mulas =) water (hydration Pack is also very convenient), high heel shoes (should already be received), sunscreen, hat/CAP, slacks, socks, may be long trekking shirt, blister, disinfectant, headlamp,. Wet wipes, snacks for in between (one can but local buy or you will be catered for constantly own. team with sandwiches etc.), etc. They stayed in tents in the intermediate camps, where archaeologists stay also in certain times. It is ung. 20 km per day except on the 3rd day, where it is already at the Mirador and to an all day long for the site takes time. Here, less was gone and was also relatively comfortable. Thank God we were not in the rainy season and therefore the whole thing was tolerable. The whole trip, perhaps a mosquito, but no longer. For this hot. Antonio and his nephew (Eduardo) have then all shows us and tells too much, since they were themselves always at the excavations of archaeologists in and have been working with. In addition, they live their entire lives in Carmelita and know the jungle as their garden. You could ask as much as you wanted. Although Antonio understands English is advantage Spanish to because you can get much more out of it and learn so much more about the place. Because I can do Spanish, I was just talking in Spanish and not English. Antonio and his people are trying very hard to make the trip as pleasant and great as possible. I felt never unsafe and had the best food at this time. Mariella the Cook so well prepared food. The food was better than in many 5 star hotels. There was always something new and none of us had any stomach complaint or the like. Nothing! Much drinking is said in these 6 days as one by going and the heat loses plenty of fluids. The water is obtained by filtration systems in the camps and carried in canisters on the Mula, and always refilled. You can drink it without hesitation. You can shower in the camps for very little quetzales, my girlfriend and I have waived but, since it doesn't actually matter since it is always sweaty. I was great only once on the toilet in the 6 days since the outhouse was not my favorite place. Best man buys a small shovel and a little toilet paper and goes a bit away from the camp to carry out its business. Every night we are Rauf then climbed the pyramids and have enjoyed the evening sun. These moments I will never forget, and the howler monkeys can wake the one also in the night: P I guess a camera to take and I have to say that that is difficult to wear mirror reflex cameras over time. Maybe a lightweight digital camera would be better, because simply practical. The service and the price / performance level is excellent. I can recommend this trip greatly with Antonio. We were driven by him then after 6 days in our hotel to Tikal. Antonio is a super guy who through his company creates many jobs in Carmelita and also what to change and also does. The protection of animals/nature, as well as the archaeological site is very important to him. So please with him to make the journey and not the COOPERATIVA support.
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  • Truly unique and remarkable experience spending 5 days in the jungle and discovering a hidden Mayan city! Just be on your game in Flores as there are many folks out there ripping off and cashing in on...  more »
  • 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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