Your Guatemala visit cannot be complete without this once in a lifetime experience: visiting the Tikal National Park. Now, with Turansa you can make it even more amazing: fly with us by helicopter from Tikal to El Mirador. El Mirador is a maya complex built during the pre-classic period (1000 BC – 300 BC) and see La Danta temple and other monuments. At 230 ft, la Danta is not as tall as the great pyramid at Giza, but it has half a million tons more volume. This magnificent tour includes 2 jewels of the Maya civilization in the tropical Petén region of northern Guatemala. They will impress your with great plazas, pyramids, stellas and palaces. Tikal was declared a National Park by the Guatemalan government in May 1955, and a national monument in 1970. It was the first national park established in Central America. The name “Tikal” means “Place of Voices” in Mayan language and is UNESCO’s World Heritage Site number 196.
El Mirador, discovered in 1926, is more than 1,000 years older than Tikal and was once home to an estimated 200,000 people and the capital of a complex society of interconnected cities, temples, highways and settlements that may have supported upwards of a million people covering a 2,475 square mile tract. More than 26 excavation sites in the area make El Mirador one of the most studied areas in the world and we are just scratching the surface of this amazing accomplishment of the Mayas.
- 9:30 a.m.: Shuttle from Hotel Barceló to la Aurora International Airport
- 10:00 a.m. Check in at counter # 22 (next to the Iberia counter), at the left side of the Airport.
- 11:30 a.m. Flight from Guatemala to Flores by TAG Airlines.
- 12:30 a.m. Welcome upon arrival by our representative and transportation from Flores airport to Tikal National Park.
- Accommodation at Hotel Tikal Inn. Rest of the afternoon free.
- 4:30 a.m. Watch sunrise at the top of Temple IV accompanied by local English speaking guide
- 7:00 a.m. Return to the hotel for breakfast
- 9:00 a.m. Four-hour tour with English speaking guide: Starting the trip inside the Archaeological site and explanation of the site at the Tikal Park replica, then visiting the Complex “Q” & “R”, MainPlaza, North and South Acropolis, Complex of the Lost World, Temples I, II, III y IV
- 1:00 p.m. Lunch at hotel restaurant
- 2:30 p.m. Visit the Tikal Museums on your own
- 3:30 hrs. Transportation from Tikal to Flores
- 4:30 p.m. Arrival at Hotel Isla de Flores, rest of the evening free
- Breakfast at Hotel Restaurant
- 7:00 a.m. Transportation to Mundo Maya Airport
- 8:30 a.m. Helicopter flight from Flores to El Mirador (30 minutes)
- 9:00 a.m. Arrival and getting to explore this magnificent Archaeological Park. A local communitarian guide will explain you the best of El Mirador.
- Box lunch
- 4:00 p.m. 30-minutes helicopter flight from El Mirador to Flores
- 4:30 p.m. Arrival at Mundo Maya Airport
- 6:45 p.m. Check-in at airline counter for your flight back to Guatemala
- 6:30 p.m. Flight from Flores to Guatemala City
- 7:15 p.m. Arrival to Guatemala City and transfer to your hotel.
About El Mirador:
An enormous stone structure pokes above the trees in the midst of the northern Guatemalan jungle. From the air, it looks like some sort of strange, lonely volcano randomly plopped within the vegetation. But the structure is actually one of the world’s largest pyramids, part of the “lost city of the Maya.” El Mirador was first discovered in 1926, and was photographed from the air in 1930, but the remote site deep in the jungle had little attention paid to, until Ian Graham mapped the area in 1962. A detailed investigation began in 1978 with an archaeological project under the direction of Bruce Dahlin (The Catholic University of America) and Ray Matheny (Brigham Young University). Dahlin’s work focused primarily on the bajo swamps and mapping, while Matheny’s team focused primarily on excavations in the site center and architecture. This project ended in 1983. To the surprise of the archaeologists, it was found that a large amount of construction was not contemporary with the large Maya classic cities in the area, like Tikal and Uaxactun, but rather from centuries earlier in the pre-classic era.
La Danta stands a staggering 236 feet tall. It has a total volume of nearly 99 million cubic feet, making it one of the world’s largest pyramids, as well as one of the world’s most enormous ancient structures. It’s been calculated that 15 million man-days of labor were needed to construct the gigantic building. A staircase leads up the temple’s eastern face, rewarding those who climb it with an outstanding view.
- Please note that a Q20 per person local airport fee must be payed at Mundo Maya Airport in Flores
- You will be required to present your PASSPORT at the airline counter – no copies, or driver licenses are accepted
- Wear comfortable dress & shoes, remember its a jungle and climate in Peten is hot and humid
- Bring mosquito repellent
- Round trip air transportation from Guatemala to Flores
- Ground transportation to Mundo Maya Airport to Tikal and return
- Entry to the Sites and local English Guide in Tikal
- 1 night accommodation at Hotel Tikal Inn w/lunch + breakfast
- 1 night accommodation at Hotel Isla de Flores + breakfast
- Transfer from Flores to Mundo Maya Airport and return
- Helicopter flight to El Mirador with local Community Guide
- Boxed lunch in El Mirador
What’s not included:
- Rest of meals, drinks, tips (optional).
- Electric service is irregular and works from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Pricing: US$925 per person (double occupancy)