Maya Exploration Center: Education Through Exploration
El Mirador, Nakbe, and El Zotz in the Peten Rainforest of Guatemala

This five day adventure will take you to one of the most remote areas of the Maya world. If you've visited many Maya ruins, you probably know the the largest of all the ruins were built very early and in the heart of the Peten rainforest. The Pre-Classic cities of El Mirador and Nakbe are both gigantic and wonders to behold with your own eyes. While MEC will make every effort to provide a comfortable trip, the journey out to see them is not easy. It will involve helicopters, jungle camps, and long treks through the rainforest. However difficult the road will be, one thing is for sure - it will be the experience of a lifetime! In addition to these Pre-Classic mega-cities, participants will also visit the site of El Zotz, which made big news because of the 2016 discovery of the red painted "Diablo Temple" and the royal tomb found within.

The guide for this tour will be Archaeologist and former El Zotz Project Director Dr. Edwin Roman

El Mirador and Nakbe - Mega-cities of the Pre-Classic Maya
Price $3900 per person (based on double occupant lodging. Add $300 for a private single room/tent.)
$600 deposit due upon registration, balance due 60 days before the trip
Date June 1-6, 2017

June 1, Thursday: Arrival
Arrive in the evening to the Flores International Airport in Guatemala. Private transport will meet you and drive you to the island of Flores and the Hotel Casona del Lago.

June 2, Friday: El Zotz
8-11am: Transport to El Zotz
11-1pm: Exploring the El Zotz excavations
1-2pm: Picnic lunch at the site
2-5pm: Return to Flores
6-7pm: Lecture - Maya Preclassic Cities of the Peten
Overnight at the Hotel Casona del Lago in Flores
June 3, Saturday: Nakbe
7-8am: Breakfast at hotel
8-9am: Prepare for flight
9-9:30am: Helicopters to Nakbe
10-12pm: Exploring Nakbe
12-1pm: Picnic lunch
1-3pm: Exploring Nakbe
3-3:30pm Helicopters to El Mirador
4-6pm: Camp set up and relax
6-7pm: Dinner at the camp
Overnight at El Mirador in tents
June 4, Sunday: El Mirador
7-9am: Breakfast hours in camp
9-12pm: Hike to La Danta, explore
12-2pm: Hike back and lunch
2-5pm: Hike to El Tigre, explore
6-7pm: Dinner at the camp
Overnight at El Mirador in tents
June 5, Monday: El Mirador
7-9am: Breakfast hours at camp
9-12pm: Stucco facades and new excavations
12-2pm: Lunch and pack up at camp
2-2:30pm: Helicopter to Flores
3-7pm: Free time in Flores
7-9pm Final Dinner at La Luna
Overnight at Hotel Casona del Lago
June 6, Tuesday: Departure
Morning departures from the Flores Airport

- Lodging at the Hotel Casona del Lago in Flores
- Tents at the El Mirador Research Camp
- Helicopter flights to Nakbe and El Mirador
- Camp staff and cooks at El Mirador
- Private ground transportation
- All meals
- Archaeologist tour leader
- Local guides
- Evening Lectures
- All entry fees
- Optional for a fee: horses during the treks in El Mirador

Does Not Include:
- Airfare to/from Flores, Guatemala
- Gratuities (maids, drivers, guides, etc..)
- Travel insurance (optional for an extra fee)

Proceeds from MEC Tours are the center's primary source of research funding. As such, a portion of the tour costs are tax deductible. MEC will provide participants with receipts and proper documentation regarding the center's 501(c)(3) non-profit status for your records.

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