This rugged 15-day trip is ideal for those who want to focus on nature and the outdoors!!
In less than a week, you can experience some of the most phenomenal natural wonders in Guatemala. The Carmelita – El Mirador circuit is located in the Northern part of the Maya Biosphere Reserve, home to more than 200 Mayan cities in a lush tropical rainforest, home to a great diversity of plants and animals. Along 55 km of trails, you will have the opportunity to appreciate the great cities of the Preclassic period, such as El Mirador, Nakbe and El Tintal and other smaller sites, within the Mayan Forest.
Then begin a four-day trek to the Ciudad Perdida (Lost City) located in the heart of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, a mountain range close to the Caribbean sea. Dubbed as ‘the new Machu Picchu‘, this challenging journey reaches the archaeological ruins of Teyuna – accessible by steep climbs and several river crossings. Continue the adventure with a day exploring Tayrona National Park, and your final nights in Cartegena revelling in the warm Caribbean air!
For travelers who have their sights set on South America, Colombia & Guatemala are offering classic & emerging destinations with up-and-coming metropolises and stunning nature opportunities, this a great trip for those who want to experience a mix of both for a fun, well-rounded adventure.
Day 1 - Depart for Carmelita and visit El Tintal (17.5km)
AM - Get picked up at your hotel in Flores and drive to Carmelita
Arrive to the Carmelita Community & begin on the trail towards El Tintal
Lunch (box lunch) and rest in The Uacute or Florida camp
PM - Arrive to the archaelogical site El Tintal
Dinner and sleep in the El Tintal camp
Day 2 - Hiking and get to El Mirador (23.5km)
AM - Breakfast
Begin walking towards El Mirador, Eat a snack at the rest area 'El Zompopero'
Lunch at rest area 'El Jabali' (box lunch)
PM - Visit to the archaeological site La Muerta
Arrive to El Mirador Archaeological Site
Dinner and sleep at the El Mirador camp
Day 3 - Explore the Magnificent 'El Mirador'
AM - Watch sunrise over the ruins (weather permitting)
Tour the center of the ancient city of the Mirador (temple Garra de Jaguar, El Tigre, Grupo Cascabel, Center for Astronomical Commemoration, Las Estelas, and The Central Acropolis)
PM - Explore the Danta pyramid, a 2 km journey from the camp to the great pyramid passing through a wall that surrounds the center of the city.
Watch sunset on top of the Danta Pyramid (weather permitting)
Dinner and rest
Day 4 - Begin trek back to Carmelita (23.5km)
AM - Breakfast
Begin hike back to Carmelita
Rest stop and lunch at "El Zompopero"
PM - Arrive at archaelogical site El Tintal, relax
Dinner and rest at El Tintal
Day 5 - End of trek and Return to Flores (17.5km)
AM - Breakfast
Hike to Carmelita
PM - Arrive to Carmelita and lunch in the community
Depart the Carmelita Community
Arrive to Flores and say goodbye to your team from here.
Today you'll trek for a total of around 3 to 4 hrs, stopping along the way to take a dip in the Gorge of Hondurous, a beautiful natural pool.
Your final stop for the day is Adan’s camp.
Day 10 - Adan's Camp - Paraiso Camp
Roughly halfway through today’s hike you'll pass through Mutanyi, a meeting town of the Koguis people. Here, you'll have the chance to interact with the locals in order to learn more about their community, history and traditions.
In the evening, you'll have the opportunity to take a dip in the nearby Rio Buritaca before heading to dinner and then to bed in Paraiso Camp.
Day 11 - Paraiso Camp - Lost City (Ciudad Perdida) - Numake Camp.
After an early breakfast, you are back on the road and the first challenge of the day presents itself in the form of 1,200 stone steps, which lead to the much anticipated Lost City.
After lunch, you continue trekking back to Numake Camp where you'll spend the night.
Day 12 - Numake Camp - Adan Camp
Today is spent trekking back through the jungle to the Adan Camp or Alfredo Camp.
Upon arrival you'll have the opportunity to take a dip in the nearby Gorge of Honduras before heading to dinner.
Day 13 - Adan Camp - Santa Marta
You'll make your way back to the Mamey region.
After lunch you will be transferred back to the hotel in Santa Marta and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.