The ancient site was once the thriving capital of Mayan civilization taken Over by Jungle (6th century BCE~ 1st century CE)
The site is undergoing approximately 25-year excavation project by the director of archaeology named “Richard D. Hansen”.
It is the largest known ancient Mayan city and also the oldest. Which even predates “Tikal”.
Here, one of the Pyramids called “La Danta” is the largest pyramid in the world. (not the tallest)
The perimeter of this city is greater than the size of downtown Los Angeles and only 3~4% have been excavated so far according to Dr. Hansen.
If you are lucky enough to cross paths with the archaeologists at the site then you will get to see the underground passage beneath one of the structure called Jaguar Paw Temple (structure 34),
the remote location of El Mirador has prevented it from becoming a popular tourist site; trekking 5 days into the jungle being the shortest route.
According to the archaeological site management record; the number of people visited the site during last year in total was 300~400 people and is on the rise steadily.
This is approximately 2500 year-old remnants of history.
If you love solitude in nature and interested in history, then this is definitely the place I strongly recommend visiting.
In order to start the trek to El Mirador basin, one needs to reach the town called Flores up north of Guatemala.