Ecotour Guatemala

6 days

The area around Cobán, the capital of the Alta Verapaz region, is famous for its stunning natural beauty and ecotours in Guatemala. Nature lovers can explore many amazing caves and nature reserves in this area.

Natural pools

Semuc Champey

Lachua Lagoon

Hun Nal Ye

Highlights

During this ecotour, you will explore highlights of this region like the Candelaria Caves, Lachua lagoon, Semuc Champey, and tubing a jungle river. Additionally, you will visit The Biotope of the Quetzal, the home of the National bird of Guatemala, the Quetzal, and Coban, where you can enjoy rainforests.

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival

Upon your arrival at the international airport of Guatemala, a driver will welcome you to drive you to Coban. You will stay near the breathtaking cloud forest of Coban.

Day 2. Lachua & Candelaria Caves

Today, we’ll go to the Lachua Lagoon park, famous to the travel community for its pristine turquoise lagoon. You may not believe that this lagoon is one of Guatemala’s most impressive sights of natural delicacy. Yet with views of splendid mountains and through a few kilometers of heavy rainforest housing snakes, tapirs, toucans, and a lively kaleidoscope of butterflies, it is an unspoiled off-the-beaten-path spot.

Later, you will visit the famous Candelaria Caves. A two-hour drive from Coban leads you through great nature until you reach the Candelaria Caves, National Park. At a distance of 22 kilometers, the cave system includes seven separate caves connected by the river with the same name.

The biggest cave is about 60m high, 200m long, and 30m wide. Inside you will find impressive stalagmites and evidence of Maya traces. You can access the caves easily; along the gallery’s roof, many natural windows allow sunlight to access the caves.

You can float through the caves by using tubes on the Candelaria River to explore them. After examining these fantastic caves, we’ll drive to Hun Nal Ye Park, where you can rest and relax.

Day 3. Hun Nal Ye Park & Orquigonia

In the ecological park of Hun Nal Ye, you’ll walk amid nature and swim in turquoise lagoons. You’ll see a waterfall, watch some birds, do horseback riding if you like, and contemplate the fascinating Cenote, a natural water basin in the limestone rock. Adventure, ecotourism, and turquoise pools will be waiting for you.

Later, we’ll drive to back to Coban to visit the Botanical Reserve of Orquigonia and learn all about the Orchid and other distinct plants with an expert guide. Dive into the beautiful Orquideas by being led on an educational hike in a botanical reserve full of these naturally important flowers on multiple trail hikes.

Orchid lovers and even the orchid-curious should take advantage of the extraordinarily informative guided tour of this orchid sanctuary. The one-and-a-half to two-hour tour transports you through the history of orchid collecting, commencing with the Maya, as you wend your way along a track in the rainforest.

Later we will visit a coffee plantation where we will learn everything about coffee-making. Additionally, you will taste some of the best organic coffee in the world.

Day 4. Semuc Champey

Today, we will drive to the Natural Monument of Semuc Champey. This monument contains a natural limestone bridge that is 300 meters long. Delicate natural pools of different sizes have formed above the stone bridge.

After arriving at Semuc Champey, we will hike for one hour up the stairs and steep path through the jungle to the lookout. You may see butterflies, iguanas, and even spider monkeys along the way. You will walk out to the lookout platform and be blown away by what you see. The cascading natural pools had carved their way between colossal mountains on either side of the canyon. Water goes from a tiny lagoon to the next before finally crashing down a giant waterfall, which is out of sight from the lookout.

After that, we will hike down to El Sumidero, where the River Cahabón disappears beneath the rock. From this point, you will see the beginning of the underground river before it flows directly beneath. Underneath the pools, there is a 300-meter-long turbulent river.

Soon, you will discover the turquoise pools where you can relax, swim, and enjoy the tropical forest with various flora and fauna—the color of the water changes from green emerald to blue sapphire. We will float to the vast waterfall where the river re-emerges on the far side of Semuc Champey. You can do river-tubing on the River Cahabon, which immerses the area of Semuc Champey.

Semuc Champey will be one of the most unbelievable natural wonders you will see in your lifetime.

Before sunset, we will drive to the Lanquin Caves, known for thousands of bats that start their journey at night. The river Lanquin, with its turquoise color, flows through the cave system.

Day 5. Biotope El Quetzal

Early in the morning, you will explore this natural reserve containing more than three thousand hectares of tropical wet vegetation that provides the habitat for the national bird of Guatemala, the Quetzal. During this tour, you will see beautiful tropical plant species, such as orchids and bromeliads, and a variety of wildlife, including monkeys, lizards, wild cats, and many birds.

There are only a few areas where you can find the Quetzal and this tour gives you a chance to see the majestic National Symbol in its natural habitat. After this tour, a driver will take you to Guatemala City.

Day 6. Departure

Unfortunately, this Ecotour in Guatemala ends today. A driver will take you to the airport for your flight back home. However, contact us if you want to extend your trip.

map, expenses & price

Ecotour Guatemala

Expenses included:
-All private transportation.
-Five nights of hotel accommodations.
-Professional local guides.
-Tours and activities as listed.
-All park entrance fees.
-Daily breakfast.

Per person starting at $1,200

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