Huge ruins lurk in the jungle, shrouded in vines and awash with the songs of birds and the occasional cry of a howler monkey. The best part? No crowds.
El Mirador is a large, remote Maya site that was a thriving metropolis two and a half millennia ago. Among many archeological treasures, the site’s crown jewel is El Tigre, the largest pyramid ever constructed in the Maya world.
El Mirador’s isolation deep in the jungle means that the only way to access it is by trekking 60km on rough trails—or by a short helicopter ride.
Fly from the town of Flores, or your hotel, and tour this rarely seen ruin with a private guide.