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“boring” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Atitlan Nature Reserve

Atitlan Nature Reserve
Finca San Buenaventura, Panajachel, Guatemala
+502 7762 2565
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Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Panajachel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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.
Silverthorne, CO
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

didn't do zip line, so can only comment on "hike, beach, and butterfly garden." hike was very short, beach was pretty, but no prettier than any other part of lake's shore, and butterfly garden had only 1 butterfly. not worth it.

Visited December 2012
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yopis, Manager at Atitlan Nature Reserve, responded to this review, February 10, 2013
The time of day will affect the number of butterflies one may see. Normally at this time of the year when we have clear or partly cloudy skies, one should be able to see more than one butterfly.
We have made a point of cultivating the host plants inside and outside the butterfly preserve with the help of irrigation during the dry season (December through May). The results are interesting precisely because the presence of butterflies depends on and reflects the presences of host plants (those where butterflies lay their eggs and grow their larvae/caterpillars and feeder plants (those that proved nectar). It's an easy way to understand biodiversity.
The butterfly preserve has a laboratory where the eggs are collected and placed in boxes protected from predators (ants, spiders, etc.) until they grow as larvae, caterpillars, undergo metamorphosis as chrysalides and come out as adult butterflies.
Information on this momentous transformation is next to the boxes where one can see the actual specimens. It could well be boring for some but is enthralling for many.
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Great Zipline”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

The new Ultra Zipline at the reserve was great! It is only $45.00, and in many ways, better than the one we went to in Costa Rica. It is a pretty strenuous hike to the top, before making your way down. The guides were extremely nice and helpful. There were really cool monkeys, and other wildlife, but watch out for your food, (or at least get a good video.) You have to be between 100 and 200 lbs to do the zipline, so it wouldn't work for small children.

Visited January 2013
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Paris, Texas
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“Nice break from Panajachel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

On a sunny morning, our large group needed a break from the Panajachel craziness and all caught tuktuks up to the Nature Reserve. There were plenty of trails to choose from and lots of bridges to view the fauna below. We could hear monkeys but never saw them. The butterfly garden was full of those lovely creature. And, it was not crowded. It's not Costa Rica but definitely worth a stop.

Visited November 2012
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Victoria, BC Canada
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“Peaceful place away from the noise of town.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Nice nature trail with lots of swinging bridges. Good food at the little restaurant. Butterfly reserve was interesting.

Visited January 2013
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Cuttingsville, Vermont
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“Fun time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We took tuktuks up there and decided just to walk around the reserve. We took the longer trail up to where the ziplines begin their descent. The viewing platform was fun as we observed three monkeys. The swinging bridges were also a hoot and the views often lovely, especially the tall beautiful waterfall. The guests using the ziplines were obviously having a great time and that would be worth it if you timed your visit for the start of that tour. We arrived too late and would have had to wait too long. Have your hotel call and check when they go out if you're interested. It isn't a bad walk back and you can take pictures of the lake.

Visited January 2013
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