El Mirador
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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This ancient Mayan city flourished from 200 BCE to 150 CE, but is largely unseen due to its inaccessibility in the jungle.
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Jeanne D
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
I went on this amazing journey with Dynastia Kan and my son, his girlfriend and my brother. You walk up to 15 miles a day through the jungle and mud. All accommodations are very basic but comfortable. The food is great. The ruins and pyramids are a once in a lifetime experience. There was more to see than I had anticipated.

Our guide, Wilber, was informative and fun and a fast walker! Antonio was a great communicator leading up to the trip. He was very responsive and let us add a person last minute. I would say be sure to check on the season and try to avoid rain and extreme heat. Be in good shape and bring blister bandages. The mules carry your bags and all the gear.

I’m 59 and in very good shape and it was a butt kicker, but doable and totally worth it!
Written 7 January 2024
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Kirsten
Nijmegen, The Netherlands9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
I went with two friends on the 5 day hike to El Mirador with ‘Dinastía Kan’ and it was amazing!! It was the perfect combination of nature, animals, culture, history and a fysical challenge. The people from ‘Dinastía Kan’ made the experience unforgettable and everything was perfectly taken care of. The campsites were good, our guide was amazing and very knowledgeable and the food was great!
Written 14 August 2023
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Kalea M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
If you are looking for a unique experience off the beaten track, this will surely fill your needs and offer a rare look into life in the jungle! Amazing Carmelita locals guide you through the history of Mayan civilizations that rose and fell right along the path you walk. From howler and spider monkeys at night, toucans, tiger cranes, coatimundi and oscillated turkeys, and horses carrying your goods, this is a full experience shared by so many moving parts. You get the thrill of an expedition and create lasting friendships with those you share the path with! Treat yourself if you like to hike and don’t mind getting dirty ~ however there are bucket showers awaiting you at each camp! A real delight!
Written 25 April 2023
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Jonas P
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
I highly recommend doing this hike with Dinastia Kan! A local family run business with high ethical standards.

My girlfriend and I went on a 5 day hike with Dinastia Kan into the jungle to see the ruins of El Mirador. We had a fantastic tour in great company, both with the other participants and the great team of Dinastia Kan.

We went in a small group of only six participants, our guide Abel, the cook Maria, and Candelario the mule handler. This gave a nice family feel to the tour, and made it easier to tour ruins and jungle at our own pace. This was in stark contrast to the huge groups with seemingly disinterested guides we crossed on our way back.

Our guide Abel is very knowledgeable and told us many details about the flora and fauna of the jungle as well as about the ruins and mayan beliefs and history. He was also very good at answering all our questions despite our very limited spanish. Maria made sure we were all well fed with exceptionally good food and may just be the kindest person I have ever met.
Written 8 April 2023
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valerio c
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Dinastia Khan offers a service of rare quality, in a way that really respects and values the local history, culture and nature. The team is made of really humble people, with high ethics that really believe and love what they do and take great care of hikers.

We did 5 days hiking with Dinastia Khan Agency. We really enjoyed the experience because the team of Antonio, Havel, Maria and Candelario (and the rest of the team) were really well prepared and accomodating. We felt well taken care of in such a challening experience. For example one of our group could do part of the hike on the mule when they felt sick (because of reasons not related to the hike).

Havel the guide has an inexhaustible knowledge of the various plants and animals in the jungle, and was often pointing us to birds, trees and other unique elements of Peten's landscape, telling stories and anecdotes. He also gave us incredibly fascinating and exaustive explanations about the ancient Mayan civilization through the ruins of El Mirador.
Maria was really lovely in cooking delicious and abundant meals every stop, sharing tips and funny stories accrued through her long experience of El Mirador. She really creates a lovely and familiar environment where people feel well served and at ease.

In summary, the agency really respects the local nature, offers a great service with deep care for the customers, extensive knowledge of the jungle and Mayan history. We loved the experience and 100% reccomend it!
Written 5 April 2023
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maddipetro
42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
The actual El Mirador trek is with Carmelita, so if you can mentally handle playing 20 questions to get information from a rude man at the office in Flores, then go ahead and book there. I booked across the street at Getaway. The trek is difficult and most nights you have dinner at 8 or 9pm and have to wake up 3:30-5am. So I didn't get enough rest time after eating, and went right to bed. I think this is what made my stomach stop digesting because on the last night, I woke up an hour or so into sleeping, ran out the tent, and my spaghetti came back up entirely intact. I was also half asleep on days 2, 4, and 5 thanks to so little time for sleep.

The animals are abused at Carmelita. They overwork the mules, whip them with the reins and follow them hitting them in the legs with sticks to keep them going. The one guy hitting one in the legs was even laughing while doing so. No positive reinforcement, they are trained with fear of pain until they literally fall over. I saw 3 fall over and get pushed/hit until they stood back up. Our one cook said that they're not fed enough. If you love animals like I do, then this will break your heart.

I loved the nature and the animals we saw along the way, but it was difficult to fully enjoy my time because I needed more sleep and hated seeing the animals abused.
Written 4 February 2023
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Harm S
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
Very nice! everything is very well take care of (sleeping in tents, food, etc.) Our guide Abel told us a lot about the Maya culture, El Mirador and the Nature. Even though our Spanish is not very good he slowly explained everything so we still understood.
Written 26 August 2022
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jokeV1994
Antwerp, Belgium7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
From the 15th to the 19th of July 2022, we hiked from la carmelita to the site of el mirador. In 5 days we got to see an amazing part of Guatemala, full of fauna and flora you never thought you would see in such a natural habitat.
Thanks to the organization of Dinastía Kan, their amazing guids, cooking equipe and donkey handlers, we had an amazing time. The whole trip was supplied with enough, and more important, very good food (muy rico!). We always felt safe, knew what we could or couldn't do and got a lot of information along the way. Every question you ask them, is answered with a smile. Upfront we got all the information we needed to get us through those 5 days, meaning from beginning to end everything was arranged. Of course you do have to get over the heat and mosquitos, but you get a lot in return. I highly recommend this organization and want to give a big shout out to the people who guided us. Thanks Walter, Hannibal, José Hannibal, Rudi, Azucena, Luciana!
Written 20 July 2022
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Elizabeth P
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Family
Dinastía Kan made our experience through the biosphere Maya remarkable. The company picked us up in a very comfortable van in Isla Flores, Peten and took us to Carmelita, where a delicious breakfast was waiting for us in a local village home. The entire team are natives of Carmelita and know their area very well. Our guide Abel was a true master. His knowledge of the Mayan culture and mythology, the animals, the plants and his care and dedication to us was priceless. He really made this experience magical. The hike we picked was the entire circuit of 6 days, 5 nights. The elements of the jungle where tough at times but will do it again in a heart beat. Light but long pants/socks/shirt and comfy sneakers made us need very little mosquito repellent and made the heat bearable. We saw tons of toucans, monkeys, birds, orchids, etc. Sunrise and sunsets in el Mirador was breathtaking. Dinastía Kan is the way to go; the camping tents where super comfortable, the 3 meals/day delicious and the siesta in the hammocks a treat. Not only will you support local Carmelita community but will gain vast knowledge of such impressive Mayan history.
Written 24 October 2021
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ralf s
Peoria, AZ5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
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.
Written 16 April 2020
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