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Atitlan Nature Reserve

Address: Finca San Buenaventura, Panajachel, Guatemala
Phone Number: +502 7762 2565
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Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Panajachel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: The giant caldera that made Lake Atitlan and it's three volcanoes frame the experience of nature on...
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Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: The giant caldera that made Lake Atitlan and it's three volcanoes frame the experience of nature on the nature trails, the hanging bridges or perched on the highest zip line. The two courses of zip lines fly of waterfalls, a coffee grove, the oak stands and the steep cliffs the guard the lake. In the Butterfly Geodome you can enjoy the colors and forms of hundreds of butterflies surrounded by flowers and the sounds of water. Surrounded by humming birds and the murmur of the river, you can take a break and have lunch, coffee or a drink and then continue to explore the diversity and beauty of this natural wonder. At night, the crickets, owls and the sounds of the night will be your company in our lodgings.
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

I loved visiting the reserve while I was at Panajachel. You can go zip-lining or just walk around. Not far from Panajachel and not that close either. A good 20 minute walk or a 8 minute tuk-tuk taxi ride. Don't expect much from the Butterfly exhibit. It was ok, but nothing special.

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

This is a good half day excursion. We liked the butterfly reserve but enjoyed the Nature rerserve better. We were lucky enough to see the monkeys and teh other animals gave us a good laugh.

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Colts Neck, New Jersey
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86 reviews 86 reviews
10 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

The attraction was recommended by a local guide. Easy walk from the hotel. Easy to find. Paid our fees, given a very poorly done site map by a counter clerk who wasn't really much help. An interesting point is that we were the only ones in the reserve but rushed through the description of the attractions available. Found the "butterfly"... More 

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Marlboro, New Jersey, United States
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We landed in Pana and took a tuk tuk to the reserve. Easy to get to and less than 10 minutes from the pier. The hike is relatively easy. We met a couple of workers picking coffee beans at the reserve and they stopped to let us taste the beans. Very scenic. They have zip lines as well but if... More 

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Visit the Nature Center and havea nice relaxing stroll in the forest and alot of fun crossing the various suspended bridges. You may get a chance to see the elusive monkeys. Nice way to spend a few hours.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

After touring the small museum where you will learn about the ecology of Lake Atitlan and the history of the area, take a walk through mountainous groomed trails that traverse streams using suspension bridges. For the thrill of a lifetime sign up for the zipline canopy tour (Cables X-Tremos) and traverse the mountains and have a bird's eye view of... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I went here specifically for the butterfly garden which was fantastic by itself. However, since the price of admission also includes two hiking loops, one to the beach and one to the waterfall, we were there for about 3 hours. The suspension bridges were thrilling especially when viewing the waterfall! We were lucky and got to see... More 

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Lake Atitlan
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The nature reserve first offers a great explanation of how the lake get formed.. As well it is a very good example of vegetation of the lake great example of thylancia and bromelia. The ziplining offers very unusual views of the volcanos...

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Well marked trails. Steep and rocky in places. Many wobbly suspension bridges to add to the fun. Great view. Forested. Butterfly house. Canopy zipline.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Reserva Natural Atitlán Includes the Butterfly Sanctuary and other activities, all of which are covered in the basic park admission. The entire park is very nice. Plan on 2-4 hours to cover everything in the basic park. You can swim in the lake, hike to a waterfall, cross suspension bridges, even see spidermonkeys and coati. The Butterfly Sanctuary is an... More 

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