Parks and Protected Areas of Guatemala

Guatemala has 92 protected areas making up over 28% of its national territory. Most of these protected areas were created 1990′s.

Read about more places to visit and things to do in Guatemala.

All volcanoes are protected areas, including biosphere reserves, national parks, biotopes, natural monuments, wildlife refuges, and private nature reserves. CONAP (The National Protected Areas Council), created in 1990, is fully in charge of administering all of Guatemala’s protected areas along with CONAMA (National Environmental Commission). Unfortunately, with so many issues at hand, the Guatemalan government doesn’t put enough emphasis on preserving and protecting these areas the way they should. CONAP is extremely underfunded and understaffed. Logging, sewage run off and trash disposal are still a huge problem. However, the largest problem these parks face, especially the one in Petén is deforestation.

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Nowadays a lot of the protection comes from private organizations and since 2005 the Guatemalan government is stepping up to the plate by training a special police force designated for the protected areas, mainly the Maya Biosphere Reserve where the majority of the logging and wildlife poaching still exists.

Thanks to tourism and environmental interest, the park system is able to build ranger stations with excellent facilities, well-marked trails and comfortable guest accommodations.

With this in mind, please visit as many of these wonderful parks as you can and contribute by not collecting any of the natural materials: animals, plants, rocks, shells, etc… Just think, if everyone who visited Guatemala collected something, there would be nothing left!

Make sure to dispose your garbage properly!

National Parks Of Guatemala

Biotopes Of Guatemala

  • Cerro Cahuí Biotope
  • Chocón Machacas Biotope
  • Mario Dary Rivera Biotope (El Quetzal)
  • Punta de Manabique Biotope
  • Naachtún – Dos Lagunas Biotope
  • El Zotz-San Miguel La Palotada Biotope
  • Monterrico-Hawaii Biotope
  • San Buenaventura de Atitlan Biotope

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Biosphere Reserves of Guatemala

  • Maya Biosphere Reserve
  • Sierra de las Minas Biosphere

Volcanoes Of Guatemala

  • Acatenango Volcano
  • Agua Volcano
  • Almolonga Volcano
  • Atitlan Volcano
  • Chingo Volcano
  • Chiquimula Volcano
  • Flores Volcano
  • Fuego Volcano
  • Ipala Volcano
  • Ixtepeque Volcano
  • Moyuta Volcano
  • Pacaya Volcano
  • Quezaltepeque Volcano
  • Santa Maria Volcano
  • San Pedro Volcano
  • Santo Tomas Volcano
  • Suchitan Volcano
  • Tacana Volcano
  • Tahual Volcano
  • Tajumulco Volcano
  • Tecuamburro Volcano
  • Toliman Volcano

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Waterfalls of Guatemala

  • Catarata de Aguas Calientes
  • Los Siete Altares
  • El Salto de Chilasco

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Wildlife Refuges of Guatemala

  • Bocas de Polochic Wildlife Refuge
  • Petexbatun Wildlife Refuge

Private Nature Reserves of Guatemala

Other Protected Areas of Guatemala

  • Cerro San Gil and Rio Las Escobas
  • Cloud Forest Biological Corridor
  • Cuchumatanes Area
  • El Boquerón

Caves of Guatemala

  • Naj Tunich
  • Candelaria Caves
  • Lanquín Caves
  • Ak’Tun Kan Caves
  • Kan’ Ba Caves
  • Rey Marcos Caves
  • The Mine Caves (La Cueva de las Minas)
  • Cueva de Las Pinturas
  • Tres Entradas Caves
  • Hun Nal Ye
  • Cueva de las Chinches
  • B’omb’il Pek
  • Juliq’
  • Ixobel Cave
  • Echoeing Cave
  • Santo Domingo
  • Pusilá
  • San Miguel, Jobonché, Jovelte
  • Petexbatún Area Caves

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Article by Marina Kuperman Villatoro

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