Laguna Brava
Laguna Brava
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greg_in_CA
Antigua, Guatemala57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
The lake can be approached via 3 communities. Coming from Nenton, they are 1) Aguacuate (nice hiking trail down), 2) Yalambojoch (demanding dirt road down), and 3) San José Fronterizo (long tough road but closest to cenotes). All 3 communities charge an entrance fee, usually Q30 per person. For the adventurous, the 3 cenotes at the north end of the lake (far end from Aguacate/Yalambojoch) are the highlight. To reach them, drive to San José, or start early and take a rowboat from the other places. There are no motor boats on the lake.
Written April 25, 2017
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EstefBB
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
Absolutely beautiful place but challenging to get to and from.
Based on our experience you need a Four wheel drive tall car and a willingness for a good hike!

There are three routes to get there. Because we had 4x4 cars, we took the route that starts at Aldea Aguacate where you pay the entrance fee. Around Q30 per person. Its extra if you are planning to visit the cenotes and waterfall by boat.
We had backpacks with sandwiches, toilet paper and extra clothes and shoes.
And we used them all!
A must to bring good hiking boots and as we went in December so the weather was windy and chilly.
It took around 50 minutes in challenging roads to get to the parking lot.
From there you start the hike down by foot.
It took 25 minutes going down and 45 minutes coming back up. Our youngest trekker in the group is 6 years old.
Once you get to the shore you can have your picnic (you can’t leave trash, you have to take it back with you).
From there you take a paddle boat to either the waterfall or the cenotes.
There are no motor boats allowed and a man from the community paddles the boat.
The waterfall is a 10 min boat ride and a hike and the cenotes are an hour long boat ride and a hike.
We decided to do the waterfall because the weather was really windy and the water choppy.
And the boats are not that sturdy.
Once at the landing the local guide takes you to the waterfall via a trek that follows a small river.
We found the trek to the waterfall too difficult and at times dangerous for the kids.
So half the group went back down.
You absolutely get wet going up.
It’s impossible not to get your shoes in the water.
We later found out from other local tourists that it’s better just to visit the poza (pool) and not to attempt the top of the waterfall.
I guess our local guide didn’t have a grasp of how hard it would be for the kids.
The community guide’s main language it’s not Spanish it’s a Mayan lengua.
After all that it took to get to and from Laguna Brava we all had a wonderful time and the views are breathtaking!
It was well worth it and we were glad to have dry clothes to change to before the trek back up!

Written January 7, 2019
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Isabel M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Friends
Me and a friend made it to Laguna Brava on a tour with Guatemalans offered through Adrenalina Tours, based out of Xela. We didn't leave from Aguacate until late in the afternoon, so we didn't make it to the camp site until after dark (about 3 and a half hours because we had to take it slow)- I don't recommend doing this in the dark! The paths are muddy (bring an extra pair of shoes, your feet will thank you), expect to get dirty. The camp site we stayed at was very nice (latrine, covered areas), clean, close to the water. We brought food, sandwiches, snacks, water, to eat for dinner and breakfast. Don't miss out on going to the cenotes, they are perfect.
Written February 13, 2017
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Eugene F
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala21 contributions
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Dec 2020
I had the biggest disappointment and worst camping experience. I am talking about the community area of Aguacate at the shore of the lake. Absolutely make sure to call and check if it's been raining before to your visit. If it has been raining - reconsider your trip because it was absolutely horrible for us.
If you want to camp, I wouldn't do it at this spot. There might be other places that are private that have better conditions and facilities.

We did arrive and had about an hour or two of sun. But if it's raining, the place is not that good, especially if it turns muddy.

Bring boots and more than one pair of shoes.

1. The road down was in terrible condition due to mud and rain - a 25 minutes of slippery descent by foot. Some areas had ankle deep mud and worse. Uphill was longer. Impassable for all cars, even 4×4.
2. Main camp site was entirely in mud. They took out trees and the mud was horrific. A walk anywhere involved people slipping and falling over. People waddling in the mud.
3. The only place to camp with a roof was a roofed 3-walled area and it wasn't that big of an area. The only "dry" area. Rain entered at night into the area too, to wet the floor.
4. A loud generator switches on at 6pm right behind the camping spot for a couple of hours. Just to make things worse.
5. If people occupy the cabaña in front, their generator automatically switches on a strong light in the roofed camping spot, making it bright until as long as they have the generator working. In our case until 11pm. Just to make it worse.
6. Few services - no shop, no transport to get there, you feel stuck and far away. No restaurant. You either arrive in horrific conditions or rent a horse.
7. Camp spot under roof is small, and if you have to share it, you'll have to listen to other people's noise and music. We went during Christmas or New Years.
Written April 26, 2021
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Elaine D
Emmaus11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Family
Not easy to access but worth it! Wear hiking boots and be prepared for mud, but it's an incredible place.
Written February 18, 2018
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