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Maria, my traveling partner, and Daniel, the younger of the two guides.

A close-up map of my hike: from Carmelita to Tintal, to El...

A map of the western portion of El Mirador. Our camp was...

A map of the eastern portion of El Mirador, with the Danta...

Base camp at El Mirador, where 4-5 guards/rangers live at all times.

Ranger "Cabin"

A short instructional side trip from this guidebook that the guards at...

A primer on Mayan temple architecture and construction

The top image is a depiction of El Tigre Pyramid, which was...

The first ruin we saw coming into camp, small compared to most....

Time has weathered this ruin, and this ruin has weathered time.

There was a tunnel/hall in this structure, and although I went in...

A bald headed hobbit in a Mayan world.

These "roofs" were constructed over some of the restoration projects, I assume...

In this case, the roof protected this stellae

On our hike out to La Danta Complex (see map of Eastern...

The tree bird with long tail feathers....

Some of the older old growth in the El Mirador jungle.

Same tree, different angle.

Arriving at the base of La Danta Complex - initial excavation of...

The excavation from the previous image under the tarp to the right,...

Having reached the top of the third tier, the start (or base)...

Backcountry scaffolding in place on Tier 4.

Work being done on the fourth tier of the Danta pyramid complex.

From a guidebook they had at the guard station. This is the...

Detailed archeological digging unveils detailed ancient construction.

The interwoven nature of ancient temple construction, intermediate jungle growth, and more...

Atop the Danta Pyramid

Also atop the Danta pyramid, with Guatemalan (and maybe Mexican) jungle as...

Looking back (west) at El Tigre Temple (the mound in the upper...

Lots o' jungle..... and a howler monkey in the nearby tree (the...

There, now you can see the howler monkey better - moi "hanging"...

With the assistance of my binoculars....

Looking down atop Danta Pyramid to the top of Tier Three.

180 degrees from the former picture - Maria and Daniel.

Here you can see some of the old plaster the Mayans used...

And then it came closer.... that tail sure does make tree dwelling...

This is part of the Central Acropolis, and that was the door...

The excavation work is almost as impressive as the Mayan work -...

This is one of the few places where they have restored the...

Just imagine all of these structures, and those at Tikal and Tulum,...

This is a jaguar motif they uncovered.

Here you can see the claws on the left side.

The detail of the Mayan's original work, and of the excavation and...

An up close view of the monkey on the ancient ceramics -...

Not only is their artwork cool, but this painting is from 2,000...

Ancient pottery - it gives cause to pause.... and comtemplate - well,...

An endless jungle view from atop the temple near camp at El...




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