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To all my friends on the U.S.A.’s Eastern Coast; let me tell you, you are just a five hours flight and an hour drive from this.
Laguna del Pino is a beautiful and peaceful lagoon, less than an hour drive from Guatemala City.
Its waters are calm and clean, so clear you can see the bottom, even from the deepest point.
The water is perfect for swimming, though I would advice not venturing way off shore, there are a lot of seaweeds and one can easily get tangle up with them.
There is a healthy population of fish here, and on weekends, local fishermen offer their daily catch to visitors for a great price. There are large prawns too, they look delicious, I really hate I was not ready for cooking. Local children were catching them and they had a plastic bag full of them. I’ll try them next time I visit the area.
This place is great for a family barbecue, rafting or canoeing, or my favorite; snorkeling. Oh, and if you do snorkeling, you can catch lots of mollusk for a great soup or ceviche.
This volcano is located in the province of Santa Rosa, South/East of Guatemala City, roughly an hour and a half drive.
The summit is covered by large trees, which obstruct most of the view. This, as many other important Guatemalan volcanoes, is inside a private property, surrounded by coffee trees. This month (February) is great for visiting the area. Coffee grains are ripe, and you should try picking them on your way and eating them. They are incredibly sweet and chewing the seed becomes addictive. There is a sulfur lagoon short from the summit of the volcano. This is great to exfoliate your skin, of course, if you don’t mind the smell of rotten eggs. And the lagoon is accessible by car, a few steps on the side of the road. Oh, one more thing; avocado trees are abundant in the area and they give a very delicious fruit. I spent some time collecting a few of them, which where great. Just bring salt, limes and a few tortillas and you’ll have a exquisite snack on your road up the volcano.
When traveling here in Guatemala, it is very rare to find decent/elegant independently owned restaurants. You won’t have trouble finding chain restaurants or “comedores“.
Here is one of those rare independent restaurants offering great food.
By the way, our two full meals and drinks where less than $17, including tip. We also got two bowls of soup of the day and a cup of coffee not in the photographs, all for the stated price.
I have never understood why so many tourist and travelers love experience the Monterrico beach; I mean there over a dozen beaches just like it in the Guatemalan Pacific coast, Sipacate and Las Lisas come to mind right away. Heck, Monterrico was suggested, not too long ago, as one of the best destinations in Latin America. So, why Monterrico, can you help understand why?
November is the one of the best months to visit Monterrico, quite possibly Guatemala’s most famous beach because there coinciding with peak turtle-nesting season, the Festival de la Tortuga 2011 (Turtle Festival 2011) will feature turtle releases, nature tours, concerts, arts and crafts, a horse show, sporting events, fun activities for children and much more.
The Tortugario (sea turtle hatchery) in Monterrico is a program by CECON, a project by Universidad de San Carlos (USAC). Criss-crossed by numerous lagoons and canals, the Monterrico-Hawaii Natural Reserve is home to a variety of birds and reptiles.
“The sea turtle is one of Monterrico’s most famous attractions, which allows foreign and local visitors alike to have a unique nature experience—once when the adult turtles come to deposit their eggs on shore and another when the hatchlings go back to the ocean,” Thomas Stutzer said on a Revue article last year.
On the same article:
One of nature’s marvels unfolds nightly this time of year on Guatemala’s Pacific coast—a beautiful yet awkward ballet of emerging life that, within minutes of existence, is challenged for survival against natural predators.
And this is the second test. The first was whether the hatchling completed its incubation at all because of human predators.Raccoons, opossums and some birds are among species that snatch up and eat sea turtle hatchlings soon after they break out of their eggs, which were deposited in sandy nests roughly 45 days earlier by mothers lumbering ashore.
Their little flippers scooting them to sea in an age-old, instinctive march, the tiny creatures are easy prey in these first defenseless hours between sand and surf.
If you’re in Guatemala in November, don’t miss the great opportunity to visit Monterrico, Santa Rosa; you won’t regret it!