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National Parks In Guatemala

Guatemala has a lot to preserve. Nineteen various ecosystems span the country, entitling the government to dedicate nearly 30 percent of Guatemala as protected areas. Over 1,000 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians call these protected places home. As if that wasn't impressive enough, more than 8,000 species of plants are known to exist in the country, plus tons of butterflies and other insects. You're pretty much guaranteed to find something spectacular in the national parks of Guatemala.

Cerro El BaĂşl in Quetzaltenango: This forested hill is one of Quetzaltenango's only remaining green areas.

Cerro Miramundo in Zacapa: Near the city of Zacapa, this hill covered in thorny bush is a lookout point.

Cuevas del Silvino in Izabal: A limestone cave system that can be found on the road connecting Guatemala City to Puerto Barrios.

El Reformador in El Progreso: A well-known lookout point.

El Rosario in El Petén: This tropical jungle park is amed for the small lake within its boundaries.

Grutas de LanguĂ­n in Alta Verapaz: Remember to bring a flashlight into this limestone cave system, because the electric-lighted path has been known to go out.

Laguna Lachuá in Alta Verapaz: This area of tropical jungle is home to half the species of mammals found in Guatemala, 30-40 species of reptiles, and nearly 180 bird species.

Laguna El Pino in Santo Rosa: Around this lake you can find many species of waterfowl and floating flora, such as the water hyacinth.

Laguna del Tigre National Park: This national park is within the Maya Biosphere Reserve.

Las Victorias in Alta Verapaz: Formerly a plantation owned by Belgian coffee grower Julio Rossingnon, this site was declared a national park in 1980.

Los Aposentos in Chimaltenango: In this national park you will find two small lakes and several natural springs.

Mirado Río Azul in El Petén: Although the biodiversity in this park has not been studied sufficiently, many species found within this tropical jungle are considered vulnerable or were not previously recorded in Guatemala. Part of the Maya Biosphere Reserve.

Naciones Unidas in Guatemala: Just 145 kilometers (90 mi) away from Guatemala City, this park has popular hiking and mountain biking trails.

Tikal in El Petén: Set in the jungle, this national park is dotted with thousands structures leftover from the pre-Columbian Maya civilization and is home to an abundance of wildlife. Tikal is the first national park to be declared in Guatemala, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Quiriguá in Izabal: An ancient Maya archeological site well known for its abnormally large, elaborately carved monuments. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Rio Dulce in Izabal: This jungle area along the banks of the “Sweet River” is a popular sailing destination.

Riscos de Momostenango in Totonicapán: This national park is famous for its strange sandstone cliffs and nearby market.

San José la Colonia in Alta Verapaz: This park sits in the jungle on the northern outskirts of the city of Cobán.

Sipacate Naranjo in Escuintla: In this tropical savannah, endangered turtles lay their eggs on beaches and over 90 bird species make for great birdwatching.

Sierra del Lacandón in El Petén: This tropical park connects protected areas in northern Guatemala to those in southern Mexico. The park has a few ancient Maya archeological sites within its bounds, and is part of the Maya Biosphere Reserve.

Volcán Pacaya in Escuintla: This active volcano is a popular tourist attraction because it has been erupting continuously since 1965.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Guatemala: Birdwatching and Birdwatching Tours.








10 Jun 2010






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