Atitlan Nature Reserve

Atitlan Nature Reserve, Panajachel: Hours, Address, Atitlan Nature Reserve Reviews: 4.5/5

Atitlan Nature Reserve
8:00 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 AM - 5:00 AM
The Atitlan Nature Reserve is both a must for visitors of Lake Atitlan and a force in the environmental cause: Atitlan Azul. It is an extraordinary gate to the magnificent Lake Atitlan and its spectacular volcanoes. Its zip lines, butterfly preserve, trails, hanging bridges and lodgings bring you in close contact with nature. On the zip lines you fly above waterfalls, coffee groves, oak stands and the steep cliffs that guard the lake. At the Butterfly Geodome you enjoy the colors and forms of hundreds of butterflies surrounded by flowers and the sounds of water. Humming birds and the murmur of the river accompany you while you have lunch, coffee or a drink, then you 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 lodging. The Reserve supports the work of scientist and students concerned with biodiversity and environmental degradation.
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The Caldwells
California15 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We met a few friends here to explore the trails and go ziplining. The prices are very reasonable for zipling. We did the short course which included admission to the park. We explored the trails and cool suspension bridges. We got there at the right moment to see the staff feeding the coatis and monkeys, which was fun to see. The trails we did were moderate in diffifficulty so if you pace yourself it is definitely doable for most people. The butterfly house was amazing. It was so cool to see so many different types of butterflies up close. The zipling was amazing. After a 20-30 hike, we ziplined down with great views of the lake. We really enjoyed our time here and would definitely come again.
Written January 4, 2020
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S E Pennsylvania84 contributions
Feb 2020
It is not far outside of Pana, but much easier to take a tuk tuk to get there. We spent over 2 hours walking the trails and hanging bridges and saw some spider monkeys and pisotes (coati). The butterfly farm was a highlight. We also did the zip line while there and they discounted the price the amount we paid to get into the Reserve. Take the long zip, not the short one. Some spectacular views and at least 2 zips were super long. Don't waste you time on the trail to the lake as there is not much to see.
Written March 10, 2020
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New Orleans, LA67 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
Very short tuk-tuk drive in from Pana. Absolutely stunning butterfly garden, which requires no hiking to get to. We saw 2 primates, one of which gave us a show for a while as he ate a banana (see picture). There are many hanging bridges crossing the reserve, some of which felt a bit wobbly and unsafe (this is why I knocked off 1 star). The hiking trails with bridges had lush views & at a few spots you can see out to the lake and volcanos. Very few people were there on a Sunday morning. We had to walk to a hotel down the road to get a ride back in to town. I don’t recommend walking there, as it is a lot of uphill.
Written January 20, 2020
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Drayton Valley, Canada3 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
This was a great side adventure. Great trails and swinging bridges. A waterfall that I'm sure would be amazing after a bit more rainfall.Spider monkeys and Cody's. A butterfly dome that was so full of butterflies that it's like a wonderland.There are several trails and one that takes you right down to the lake with a small beach and picnic area. Entrance into the park was about 25Q or $4 cdn. Diffinately with the time. Plan on spending about 3 to 4 hours.
Written February 24, 2020
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Canada4 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
For those travelling to Atitland. There are strikes going on and the four roads leading into the area are blocked to all traffic. This is daily from 6am until 6pm although I was told this has changed to 3pm. Be advised for anyone travelling there in the next few days as it will last for three more days.

Safe travels everyone
Written January 26, 2022
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Mac G
Media, PA1 contribution
Dec 2013 • Family
I first visited the Atitlan Reserve in 2005 in the wake of the damage of Hurricane Stan. This review reflects on the improvements that have occurred since then as well as comparisons with similar venues in Costa Rica. For anyone interested in the ecology and environmental issues of the Lake Atitlan region, the reserve is a gem.

It is important to put the Reserve in its context. There is no comparable tourist destination in this part of Guatemala. In contrast, in some locations in Costa Rica, there are often dozens of attractions within a small radius for ecotourists. As a result, the Atitlan Reserve serves as an educational resource for both Guatemalans and foreign visitors; it is the only place that offers an authoritative overview of the history, both cultural and environmental, of the lake ecosystem. It is also important to recognize that the Atitlan Reserve used to be a coffee plantation; the forest is in the process of regeneration. Because it is being given a chance to restore itself, the forest and its associated fauna and flora, with time, will become more pristine and diverse. It takes money to achieve this and toward this end, I gladly paid the admission (which compared with Costa Rican venues, is an extremely good value).

I enjoyed the trails and the hanging bridges – many have been added since 2005. While I primarily am attracted to a reserve to experience nature and the solitude of the forest, the bridges do add an element of adventure. I was especially pleased with the trail to the lakeshore; in 2005, there was no trail – visitors were directed to the road. I was pleasantly surprised when, instead of the road, the trail climbed the hillside and traversed three hanging bridges. The lakeshore is stunning, especially close to sunset, and there is a magnificent tree that alone is worth the price of admission.

Hurricane Stan created many victims in 2005 and one of them was the old butterfly house, which literally had no butterflies (the cost of admission was reduced because of this). The new house is a vast improvement. I wasn’t expecting to spend much time there and instead, lost track of time as I found one photographic subject after another.

My family arrived at the reserve at 1 PM expecting to spend one to two hours; instead, we were in a rush to do all of things that were available before it closed at 5 PM. If we knew, we would have arrived in the morning and enjoyed lunch (the food is excellent and the dining area exquisite!).

Finally, I was somewhat ambivalent about the zip lines; much of Costa Rica has become an adventure amusement park despite the incredible natural beauty that should be the primary attraction. I was very pleased to observe that the zip lines blend into the forest so well that they are barely noticeable. I concluded that if this type of attraction brings more people, resulting in more funds available to promote the preservation of Guatemalan ecosystems and development of more educational resources, then it is well worth it. The zip lines will not distract someone who wants to commune with the beauty and quiet offered by this regenerating, dry tropical forest.
Written January 13, 2014
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Boston, MA15 contributions
Aug 2014 • Family
Our first impression of Pana was off we headed the Nature Preserve...We walked from town and while there was a bit of a steep climb and a busy road (you have to walk in the gutter) was SO worth the effort..My teen son who was traveling with me said on several occasions..."If this is all I see of the lake, I am happy"..We took the long trail over many suspension bridges to the beach..then doubled back to get the prize, the waterfall...lovely..Note that many guides state the price of entry is Q50 (even a local tourist office told us this) but the true fee we paid was Q65.
Written September 1, 2014
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Vancouver Island, Canada949 contributions
Oct 2012 • Couples
The nature reserve is a just outside Pana. We took a tuktuk there, for about $3, and walked back. It's a really good place to experience the high mountain forest, with a series of suspension bridges and trails that take you up the side of the mountain through a cloud forest. (It's a good climb, but not unreasonably daunting.)
About 10 minutes into the hike, you come to a platform where you can observe spider monkeys and coatis, a racoon-like creature. The monkeys aren't wild - they were pets whose owners couldn't handle them - but it is cool to see them in forest.
Definitely bring some bananas, or buy them at the visitor centre. It's the best way to get the coatis and monkeys to appear.
There's also a butterfly garden and a trail to the lake. (The promised beach, sadly, has been lost to four years of rising Lake Atitlan waters.) There is a pretty good looking zipline setup, which requires a separate ticket.
Admission is $7. I count it as good value.
There is lots of information about
Written October 12, 2012
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Jillian S
44 contributions
Aug 2016 • Family
We had a wonderful time here. Unfortunately we didn't get to do the zip lines (next time), but we loved the walk to the waterfall on the hanging bridges -- beautiful, doable for everyone, and just enough adventure for both kids and adults. We saw monkeys and coatis, and the butterfly garden was lovely. We took a tuk-tuk from Pana, which was a fun adventure in itself!
Written September 20, 2016
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SF Bay area278 contributions
Apr 2014
Admission (65Q, 35Q <12) covers butterfly dome and the 90 minute walk up the canyon, past an observation deck to watch the antics of monkeys in trees above, over safe slightly scary suspension foot bridges over the ravine, to the waterfall. Path well marked. Can read about the fauna and flora both in the trail and in the covered base area where there are bathrooms and maps. Along the walk from Pana to the reserve (15 minutes) one passes within the old coffee and sugar plantation and a 300 year old dwelling. Overall well worth a morning or afternoon break from the various lake or town activities
Written April 4, 2014
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