Ecotour in Guatemala. The area around Cobán, which is the capital of the Alta Verapaz region, is popular for its stunning natural beauty. Nature lovers can explore many amazing caves and nature reserves in this area. On this tour you will explore highlights of this region like the Candelaria Caves, the caves near Lanquin, Semuc Champey, underwater caves and tubing a jungle river. Further, you will visit The Biotope of the ‘Quetzal’ which is the home of the National bird of Guatemala the ‘Quetzal’ and Coban where you can enjoy rainforests and waterfalls.
El Sumidero, Semuc Champey
Biotope of El Quetzal
Caves of Kan-Ba
Day 1. Arrival to Coban.
Today you arrive in Coban where you will stay near the breathtaking cloud forest of Coban. You will have time to relax in the middle of the amazing nature.
Day 2. Candelaria Caves.
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 which are 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. The caves ‘Security Window’ and ‘Bat Dome’ can be accessed easily. Along the roof of the gallery many natural windows allow the sunlight to access the caves. You can float through the caves by using tubes on the Candelaria River to explore them. After exploring these amazing caves, you will continue to ‘Lanquin’, where you will stay overnight.
Day 3. Semuc Champey
In Semuc Champey you will discover the turquoise pools where you can relax, swim, and enjoy the tropical forest with a variety of flora and fauna. On the River Cahabon, which immerses the area of Semuc Champey, you can do white-water rafting or river tubing.
The water colors change from green emerald to blue sapphire. You will explore the most important points of Semuc Champey, which are ‘El Sumidero’, where the River Cahabón disappears beneath the rock; The Waterfalls where the river re-emerges on the far side of Semuc Champey and to The Lookout. You get there after approximately hiking one hour up to the lookout over the entire park. From here you will have a beautiful view of the mountains, the natural bridge, the pools, and the flora.
The Lanquin Caves are known for thousands of bats that start their journey in the night. The river Lanquin, with its turquoise color, flows through the cave system. After dinner we will have a bonfire on the shores of the river.
Day 4. Underwater Caves.
The underwater caves of ‘Kan-Ba’ have grand rock formations, small waterfalls, deep pools of water, and a river snaking through the entire cave system. This unique tour will have you both hiking and swimming. At the end of the tour inside the caves, we will take you tubing through the Cahabón River. This tour takes you through one of the most impressive cave systems in the whole country. At the end of this tour you will come back to the nature reserve of the bird of the ‘Quetzal’.
Day 5. Biotope of “El Quetzal”.
This natural reserve contains 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 the chance to see the majestic National Symbol in its natural habitat. After this tour, this trip ends and we will transfer 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, if you would like to extend your trip, contact us for more information.
6 days & 5 nights
$980 per guest
Private transportation, door to door service
5 nights hotel accommodation: hoteles selected according to your wishes and priorities
Local certified onsite guides
All park entrance fees
Not included: international flights, personal, travel and cancellation insurance and other expenses than indicated.
Botanical Reserve ‘Orquigonia’.
Visit this Guatemala Botanical Reserve and learn all about the Orchid and other distinct plants with an expert guide. Dive into the world of 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 not miss 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. Duration: one and a half hours. Price per guest from: $25
National Park Lachua Lagoon.
This national park is acclaimed for the entirely round, pristine turquoise lagoon. You may not believe that this lagoon is one of most impressive sights of natural delicacy of Guatemala. Yet with views of grandiose mountains and through a few kilometres of heavy rainforest housing snakes, tapirs, toucans and a lively kaleidoscope of butterflies, it is an unspoiled off-the-beaten track spot. Duration from: 1 day. Price per guest from: $180
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