Explore the depths of the ancient El Mirador rainforest.
Go in search of ancient Maya civilisation on an eight-day expedition of northern Guatemala. The Carmelita El Mirador jungle trek is an incredible active adventure that takes you through the lush thickets of the Mirador-Rio Azul National Park, past overgrown jungle and native bird and wildlife. You’ll discover ancient citadels – some of the oldest discovered in Mesoamerica. Camping beside the sites gives you direct and uninterrupted access to learn and gaze at the historical wonders. Challenge yourself and turn back time on this exciting historical Guatemalan trek.
Begin in Flores – a charming river town perched on an island, where the locals are laidback and the lifestyle is even more relaxed.
Challenge yourself to a trekking and camping experience deep in the Guatemalan jungle, where you can stray off the usual tourist route and have the comfort of knowing that all meals are included.
El Mirador is one of the oldest ever discovered civilisations in Mesoamerica. Spend time on a guided tour to learn about the network of cities and explore the depths of the park at your own pace.
Discover the unique wildlife in the Maya Biosphere Reserve, including more than 250 species of bird, 56 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 16 species of fish.
Stop off by a local community canteen on your way back in Carmelita. You’ll be served up traditional Guatemalan hospitality, which is always friendly.
This trip involves either a partial or full camping experience, giving you access to more remote destinations at close proximity, and the joy of camping under the night skies. This is a participatory trip – a fancy way of saying you’re not just along for the ride, but you are part of a team! Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and help out with camp activities like food prep and washing up. It’s all about giving your new travel mates and leaders a hand, and everyone knows there’s nothing worse than trying to put up a tent on your own!
As this camping trip is quite remote, you will be using basic shared facilities at the camp sites, and with no toilets along the way, being comfortable with nature is advised. We like to think thing like this put the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.
As you’re heading to El Mirador, this trip involves a lot of walking – around 6 hours per day. Please ensure you bring sturdy hiking shoes and comfortable clothes. To make the most of the trip, it's best if you have at least a moderate level of fitness.
It is also important that you have some decent trekking gear to bring with you. Good shoes, a day backpack and a 25-litre bag are essential. Other trekking gear such as quick dry clothes are also highly recommended.
Trip departures are unavailable.
There are currently no scheduled departures on our Guatemala Expedition: El Mirador Trek trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
1. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1. There are no activities planned for the final day so you may depart at any time.
2. To have a private room on this trip, a single supplement is bookable (subject to availability) with exception of Days 3-6 (El Mirador Trek) where you would be in shared accommodation.
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