El Paredon Beach Tours
The relaxed and welcoming fishing village of El Paredon Buena Vista, on Guatemala’s Pacific coast, sits in the middle of Sipacate Naranjo National Park. The park boasts beautiful black sand beaches, mangrove forests and lagoons. The area around El Paredon is an important breeding zone for several species of sea turtle and each year humpback whales migrate along the coast (whale-watching season runs from December to May). This stunning stretch of Pacific coastline also happens to be one of Guatemala’s top surfing destinations. These El Paredon tours allow travellers to get the most of all that makes this stretch of Guatemala’s Pacific coast such a welcoming and enjoyable holiday destination.
Abundant wildlife and adventurous activities
The national park is home to “La Poza del Nance”, a unique estuary and lagoon that harbours sea and fresh water turtles all year round. This pristine and protected environment allows visitors to observe these magnificent creatures without disturbing their natural habitat. Within the mangrove forest, there is also the opportunity to spot other wildlife such as pelicans, iguanas, otters and raccoons. Furthermore, over 90 species of bird have been sighted in the area, making El Paredon a good destination for birding.
Guatemala may not be well known as a surfing destination, probably because it has so much else to offer travellers, but its comparatively empty waves are an increasing draw. El Paredon’s beaches offer great breaks for beginners and more experienced surfers alike, and these days attract both national and international competitions. Other activities that can easily be added to your tour of El Paredon include kayak and paddle boarding excursions. These offer a lovely way to explore the mangroves and lagoon and enjoy all the wildlife. The mangrove is also a great spot to try artisan fishing using traditional techniques.
Savouring local flavours in El Paredon
As well as enjoying magnificent sunsets, a great way to finish off the day is trying local delicacies in the village’s rustic restaurants. Fresh fish features highly on local menus, and according to locals, no visit to El Paredón is complete without trying the delicious ceviche, fried sierra and the refreshing and locally grown Rosa de Jamaica (hibiscus). Locals will also be delighted to teach guests how to prepare traditional dishes using freshly caught fish.
Sustainable tourism and conservation
Here, tourism is developing at a slow and steady pace and the village still maintains its rustic and authentic feel. There are multiple conservation initiatives run by local NGOs looking to further regulate and protect the area. Additionally, these programs aim to create job opportunities through sustainable tourism and volunteer opportunities. Surfing has further opened the door to local development and job creation, and the sport has become an important part of daily life for many of the village’s youth. The volcanic black sand beaches and surrounding national park are a great spot to enjoy an ecotourism adventure.
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The beautiful scenery, relaxed beach vibes and warm welcome make El Paredon a great addition to any Guatemala holiday. To start creating your personalised tour to El Paredon, simply complete and send the form below. Our trusted local partner in Guatemala will be in touch shortly: