Prepare yourself for a journey to the ancient era. El Mirador was once the capital of the Maya civilization, but today it is a modern city with a palpable jungle vibe, temple-laden trails and stunning views. Its architecture, palaces, ball courts and corridors also retain the characteristics of the Mayan civilization. The pyramids of Tikal may be the main attraction, but there’s no denying the promise of adventure (Lara Croft style!) that awaits. Tourists usually need a guide, and no one could be a better guide than our own local photographers who knows El Mirador like the back of their hands.