Visiting the lost city of Guatemala's El Mirador takes time, planning and money, but the payoff for those who make the trek is sublime – a chance to see one of the most impressive gems of Maya culture.
Guatemala lives in technicolor. Everywhere you go, the vibrant indigos, reds, greens and yellows harken to a history that transcends time and remains very much alive today. One of the last strongholds of the Maya civilization, Guatemala is still home to traditions that date back thousands of years.
If you’ve been to Guatemala, you’ve likely visited El Petén. Most travelers head straight to the northernmost department to witness Tikal, the legendary Maya city in the jungle. A sprawling site dotted with thousand-year old pyramidal temples that have been splendidly restored, it is certainly the country’s top attraction, not to mention its biggest source of tourist income.