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Waterfalls – Where to Go in Guatemala

Stop wondering where to go in Guatemala! If there is anything that this country is known for is because of its Mayan Ruins and for its natural attractions. aside from the different kinds of forests, lakes, beaches and caves, some of the many rivers of Guatemala offer beautiful waterfalls.

Here is a list of where to go in Guatemala if you are looking for waterfalls:

Los Siete Altares (The Seven Altars)

It is close to the Garifuna town of Livingston. The Seven Altars are just that – they are seven gorgeous waterfalls. It’s an easy 5 km hike from the beach on a well marked path. Make sure you reach the seventh waterfall. It’s the most spectacular of them all! Plus you can swim here as a final reward.

Where to Go in Guatemala

El Salto de Chilascó

It is lovated in the Baja verapaz department of Guatemala, in the middle of the cloud forest. Every country claims to have the biggest or highest something or other, the locals of this area claim that this is the highest waterfall in Central America: 130 mts. It’s probably best to humor them, since the highest waterfall in Central America is in Belize. But it won’t hurt to play along plus it is gorgeous!

Las Conchas Pools (Waterfalls)

You will find these 50 kms east of Izabal. Las Conchas is a series of large limestone pools made from waterfalls on the Chiyu River. Because the waterfalls are located in a remote area, it’s great to spend the night at a nearby hotel.

Chimel and Santa Abelina Waterfalls

These two are located in Quiche Guatemala, in San Juan Cotzal part of the Ixil Triangle. The waterfalls are all spread out. This is a great day trip combined with hiking and swimming. The second waterfall has a well maintained pool with changing rooms.

Sachichaj Waterfall

This beautiful waterfall is located near Cobán Guatemala. The Sachichaj Waterfall is 15 meters high and spills out into a cobalt blue lagoon which is great for swimming.

As you can see this small Central American country has a lot to offer to nature lovers. So, if you are looking for some excitement and contact with nature, consider an adventure in Guatemala for your next vacation.


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