The one thing my oldest son keeps asking me over and over again is to camp. This may sound like an easy thing to do, but when you’re living in Guatemala City, safety and amenities are a huge component of adequate family camping.
After tons of research for a place that didn’t require long-distance driving or even remote nature spots, I found Green Rush in Guatemala.
Green Rush in Guatemala City will transport you to a different place without leaving the comforts and confines of the city. After talking to Henry, the owner, I knew we were going to visit a special place, but I didn’t have any idea just what was awaiting us.
In this travel guide, I’ll share with you my personal experience of glamping in Green Rush, Guatemala, how you can experience the fullest, and some pro tips.
So, without further ado, let’s get started!
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How To Experience Green Rush Guatemala To The Fullest
Green Rush is located on the Carretera (road) Colmenas-Villa Canales in Villa Canales, Guatemala.
And let’s not forget, it’s a sight to behold! With lush greenery, majestic mountains, and breathtaking views of Lake Amatitlan and nearby volcanoes, it’s like nature’s own masterpiece.
When you first arrive, whether via rental car, bus, or shuttle, you will go down a little hill, and you will have to park your car. From there, it’s all about adventure.
1. Jeep Pick-Up
There is no way to take your car to the main area where you have hiking, fun activities, and camping. Yet, two jeeps will pick you up and bring you to the main clubhouse. It feels like you’re going on an expedition.
2. Hiking trails
The whole park has over 10 kilometers of trails you can walk on. You will find lots of cool mini-stops along the way, such as a natural jacuzzi, a horse stable, and many hammocks to relax in. The trails are well-marked and easy to follow.
3. Relax Deck
Here, you can spend the whole afternoon hammocking, reading a book, or simply enjoying the super stunning view. You can also grab some snacks and drinks from the nearby bar while taking in the peaceful surroundings.
Top Activities To Try:
1. Deer Sanctuary
The park has a huge enclosure where you can visit deer in their natural habitat. The deer are imprinted to humans, so they don’t have any fear of us and continue to do their natural thing as you quietly walk past them.
This is a bit of a hike, but if you’re into exploring, this is a trip worth making. The view of the waterfall is simply spectacular.
You can stand on top of a huge rock, just in front of the waterfall, and feel the mist from it.
3. Bird Watching
The park also offers bird-watching tours with an experienced guide who can help you identify different species and provide interesting facts about them.
4. Horseback riding
Henry has a gift. This is beyond evident when you see him with his horses and also see how well the horses are treated.
We’ve done lots of horseback riding all over Central America and have to say these are some of the best horses yet!
With so many trails, it’s much easier to do them on a horse. And for kids, it’s a huge fun factor.
You can also try zip-lining through the jungle canopy! It’s a thrilling adventure and also gives you a birds-eye view of the lush surroundings. Safety is a top priority here, so you can feel at ease as you soar through the trees.
This is the best canopy for younger kids. My four-year-old has found his favorite activity and wants to go on it over and over and over again. It’s a huge zipline of over 350 meters long.
Yes, that’s correct – Archery. It’s not an activity I ever thought about, but once you are here, it’s really fun.
The actual shooting range is in a separate part from the park’s trails, so you never have to worry about hitting anyone. It is in the middle of the jungle and truly well done.
The best part about this place is you can stay the night. But what excited me, and I’m not at all into camping, is their luxury tents. Yes, luxury camping is my kind of camping.
The tents are similar to the luxury African safari tents with king-sized beds and a private bathroom. Green Rush is known mainly for its glamping tents, one of the tops in Guatemala.
These are beautifully decorated tents that come with a comfortable bed and pillows.
Since my son wasn’t up for that kind of camping, there are designated areas for hitching up a tent. But for us, it worked out even better. Our luxury tent had a large porch, and it was big enough for my son to put his tent and sleep safely next to us yet still have the camping experience.
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8. Bonfire fun
This is what makes your camping experience come to life. And this is a gorgeous ritual here. First of all, there is a private lounge area (outdoors) for people who are staying in the luxury tents.
They started us off with hor d’oeuvres and beer and drinks for adults, and for kids, they have marshmallows and hot dogs.
The kids go and help gather the wood and the firemaking starts. This was by far the highlight of our night. It was so well-orchestrated and just plain fun. However, the views of the sunset make this experience that much more memorable.
Recommendations for Your Visit to Green Rush
1. Camping & Activities
One thing you will have in Green Rush is an action-packed day full of nature and activities. You’ll be surprised how tired you will be at the end of the day. It’s fantastic and refreshing. My main recommendation if you’re planning on coming for the camping experience is to come early on the first day.
Nothing beats a good night sleeping in a tent or the luxury tents than after a full day of nature fun. This way, when you wake up the next day, you’ll have breakfast, and if you want to do a repeat with any of the activities, you’ll be refreshed.
When we were there, the restaurant of Green Rush wasn’t fully functioning yet, but I was told it would be a full restaurant open all the time by June. So, in the meantime, be prepared.
The food options are limited, and they take a very long time to prepare. So if you’re with kids, they will get really hungry and very cranky. So bring your food while you wait for the restaurant’s food to be ready.
Plus, being so close to the city has its huge benefits too. With our kids super hungry, we just ordered a Domino’s Pizza (less than 30 minutes away), and bam, it was there. Not exactly camping food, but since we barely ate this kind of stuff, it was all part of the bonus fun.
If you are staying in Guatemala City or Antigua, this is a MUST-VISIT place. Also, there are a ton of things to do in Guatemala City and Antigua. You will never believe that you are so close to the chaos yet so transported into nature.
Is Glamping In Green Rush, Guatemala Worth It? – Honest Answer!
If you ask me this particular question of whether or not you should try glamping in Green Rush, Guatemala, then my answer is a big YES! It’s not every day that you get to experience the thrill of being in the middle of a jungle covered with mountains and beautiful volcanos with all your creature comforts.
But if you ask me, do you think I’ll go back? Well, it would be hard for me since I have already experienced it. But would I recommend this place to someone else? Absolutely! It was an experience of a lifetime, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is up for a unique and unforgettable adventure.
So, if you’re eco-conscious and looking for an exciting getaway that combines nature with comfort, Green Rush glamping in Guatemala should be on your list!
You can carry out several recreational activities in contact with nature: 10km of Trails, Canopy, DogPark, Bow and Arrow, Rappel and Climbing, Outdoor Games, and Restaurant, it’s the perfect destination for families, friends, and couples alike.
You can enjoy the peacefulness of nature while indulging in modern luxuries – a truly unbeatable combination!
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Last Updated on December 14, 2023