Hiking to El Mirador, Guatemala – All your questions answered!

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FAQs about El Mirador Mayan ruins including La Danta, located nearby Flores, Peten, Guatemala, including what to bring, guided tour information, cost, & more!

There are very few experiences in life that are truly and completely unique, something you could never describe fully in photos or words, something only a few people in this entire world have done, something you could never really imagine without experiencing it…the hike to El Mirador, Guatemala, is one of those experiences.

El Mirador was one of the most important ancient Mayan cities and is home to La Danta, the largest pyramid in the world. Exploration of the site is ongoing and therefore it is constantly evolving, but much is still left to be discovered. With the El Mirador jungle trek, you embark on a 5 to 6 day adventure into the Guatemalan wilderness to visit this ancient civilization, surrounded by animals, nature, and thousands of years of Mayan history. After hiking days into the jungle with only your guide and the wild monkeys to forge a path, summiting La Danta, and watching a breathtaking sunset from the top of the world, nothing but trees in all four directions for as far as the eye can see—then you will feel what is so special about this once in a lifetime experience!

Sounds interesting, but you have some questions? We have the information you need! Keep reading for answers to all the frequently asked questions about visiting La Danta & El Mirador, Guatemala.

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What to do when you visit Flores?

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You’ve probably heard about the Tikal ruins (if not, read more about visiting this important Mayan site) since it’s the most popular tourist activity in Flores, but maybe you’re not so sure what else you can do while you’re in town? We’ve got you covered! Check out some of our suggestions for awesome activities to do around Peten that will make your visit to Flores truly memorable.

Click the links below for full details & local tips on each activity!

Explore San Miguel, located just a few minutes boat ride from Flores, where you can relax with other travelers at Jorge’s Rope Swing, swim in the clear waters at Chechenal beach, enjoy beautiful views from the El Mirador lookout point, or visit Las Arcas wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center.

Craving some time in the water and nature? Try a day trip to El Remate for an easy and relaxing location to enjoy the lake and surrounding nature, or head to Crater Azul to visit a less traveled natural wonder of Guatemala.

Interested in Mayan history and looking for a more adventurous experience? The ruins at Yaxha are less touristy than Tikal, but can still be accessed in an easy day trip, and you can even camp overnight in the park. For something truly unique, the El Mirador hike takes you on a 5 or 6 day adventure into the Guatemalan jungle to visit La Danta, the largest temple in the world!

If shopping is more your style, you can stroll across the bridge into Santa Elena town and visit the local marketplace for fruits & veggies, electronics, and clothing. For thrift shop lovers, the Megapaca second hand clothing store has a huge selection at super cheap prices.

Want to brush up on your Spanish? Dos Mundos Spanish School is a great choice with excellent teachers and one-on-one instruction. Whether you have just a few hours, several days, or several weeks, there are options for every schedule, including homestays. You can see their website with all the details here.

Short on time? Just enjoy Flores! The island is small, cozy, and relaxed, featuring many delicious restaurants (check out our restaurant guide for tips) and tiny shops around the perimeter, and welcomes tourists from all over the world every day. With its colorful architecture and sloping cobblestone streets, Flores is a photographers dream, not to mention the breathtaking sunsets over lake Peten-Itza. Grab a drink at one of the many rooftop terraces, or just head down to the benches that run along the waterline and enjoy the view. If you visit during rainy season, you might see clouds but that won’t ruin the view because you’ll also get to enjoy the impressive invasion of golondrinas, birds that migrate here seasonally and circle in flocks over the water at sunset, blanketing the sky, before eventually perching for the night along every telephone wire and rooftop ledge in Flores. 

Need any help with tours, transport, or any questions for your trip to Flores? Check out our page and contact us for any assistance 🙂

Flores Where to Eat & Drink – A Restaurant Guide

What to do when you visit Flores, Peten, Guatemala? / Flores top tourist activities

Isla de Flores may be one of Guatemala’s tiniest tourist destinations, but it is packed with tasty food! Whether you are on a tight budget or happy to splurge on a fancy restaurant, looking for barbecue or a healthy vegan dinner, there’s options for everyone. Here’s our local tips to some of our favorite places to eat around Flores!

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Crater Azul, Backpacker Style

What to do when you visit Flores, Peten, Guatemala? / Flores top tourist activities

Crater Azul is one of the many untouched natural wonders of Guatemala. If you want to experience pristine nature, beautiful scenery, swimming in crystal blue water, something off the beaten path and with a dash of adventure, this destination is perfect for you!

Located in Peten, nearby the town Las Cruces, Crater Azul can easily be visited as a day trip from Flores. There are organized tours that you can take, which travel through Sayaxche and involve a shuttle and boat ride combination (which we also offer here) but these can end up pretty pricey for solo backpackers or budget travelers. For those of you interested in getting to Crater Azul without a tour, we have the answer! Here are all the details on how to travel to Crater Azul via public transportation (collectivo bus) to Las Cruces followed by a 5km walk to the crater, skipping the boat detour in Sayaxche, and making the entire trip for about Q100 per person.

Crater Azul, Guatemala

Here’s our backpackers guide & local tips to visiting Crater Azul on your own:

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Day trip to El Remate

What to do when you visit Flores, Peten, Guatemala? / Flores top tourist activities

Located nearby Flores on Lake Peten-Itza, El Remate is a tranquil retreat for those looking to enjoy nature and relax by the water. Though it attracts some tourists, El Remate is generally a very quiet little town with a few restaurants and hotels, so its best suited for people who want to disconnect (there is limited wifi available) and be somewhat isolated, enjoying a little peace and quiet.

It is really easy to get to El Remate as a day trip from Flores using public transportation. It’s about a 45 minute ride and the buses depart from the collectivo station inside the Santa Elena marketplace. From Flores, you can walk there in about 20 minutes (or take a quick tuk-tuk for Q5). Buses leave frequently throughout the day, so you can likely show up at any time and grab one within 30 minutes. As always with collectivos in Guatemala, the schedule is somewhat flexible so you should arrive early but also expect to wait. The trip costs about Q20 per person, but be prepared to pay Q5 more in case they charge you ‘tourist price.’ There is no negotiation once you are on the shuttle, so ask the price before you board if you want to be sure.

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San Miguel

What to do when you visit Flores, Peten, Guatemala? / Flores top tourist activities

Just a quick boat ride across Lake Peten-Itza from Flores, you’ll find San Miguel, with a variety of nature based activities to fill a day! You can relax with other travelers at Jorge’s Rope Swing, swim in the clear waters at Chechenal beach, enjoy beautiful views from the El Mirador lookout point, or visit Las Arcas wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center.

wild howler monkeys along the path to Chechenal beach in San Miguel

Here’s your complete guide and local tips to San Miguel!

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How to visit Tikal Mayan Ruins – All your questions answered!

What to do when you visit Flores, Peten, Guatemala? / Flores top tourist activities

FAQs about Tikal National Park, located nearby Flores, Peten, Guatemala, including how to get there with shuttle or public transport, what to bring, guided tour information, entrance cost and rules, & more!

No trip to Guatemala would be complete without a visit to the world-famous Mayan ruins of Tikal, one of the largest and most powerful cities of the ancient Mayans. The construction of the site itself is intricate and impressive, and much of Tikal has been restored so you can admire the architectural and natural wonders that surround you. Climb temples for impressive views of the huge city, wander through the jungle, spotting howler monkeys, toucans, coatis, and more tropical animals, and learn about the fascinating history of the Mayan world. 

Did you know? The Tikal ruins have been featured in Mel Gibson’s Apocalyptica and Star Wars: Episode IV and were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the late 1970s.

Planning your trip to Tikal but have some questions? We have the information you need! Keep reading for answers to all the frequently asked questions about visiting Tikal.

the main plaza at Tikal
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