One of the world’s greatest natural treasure
The Mirador-Calakmul Basin exists as one of the world’s greatest cultural and natural treasures. This culturally and biologically rich area is located in the northern-most region of the Petén (Guatemala) and southern Campeche (Mexico), in the heart of the Maya Biosphere Reserve. Covering nearly 810,000 acres on the Guatemalan side, the Mirador Basin offers extensive habitat to a rich diversity of flora and fauna, including numerous World Conservation Union (IUCN) identified endangered species.
FARES and the Mirador Basin Project have contributed to the identification of 27 new species of insects (Butterflies and Moths) that exist nowhere else in the world. In addition to a striking biological diversity, the Mirador Basin is marked by the earliest and largest Preclassic Maya cities known in Mesoamerica. These cities are filled with massive constructions including pyramids, temples, dams, reservoirs, canals, terraces, palaces, causeways, and other remnants of a highly evolved and complex society.