Lake Atitlan family hike – Cool Canyon park
Gentle easy hike gets you off the beaten path to experience nature and local culture. Lake Atitlan Family hike is great for a hot sunny day.
This hike starts high above Lake Atitlan and is a restful and relaxing place; a perfect place for mediation. This magical place is located in the mountains above Santa Cruz, and is reached by shuttle from Panajachel. As you travel from Panajachel and high into the mountains, you see terraced agriculture, and you learn why the Mayans names Solola ¨”the place of much water”. Underground aquafers are abundant in this area.
We arrive at the entrance to two narrow slot canyons. You only get a hint of what mysteries lay inside. The setting is a park-like canyon with a bubbling creek, lush vegetation, and quiet solitude. This is a private nature reserve, so you are more likely to see wildlife and birds and a different eco-system than exists in the Lake Atitlan basis. Some will come to hike, others will come to meditate on the beauty of this special place. Bring a pic-nic to enjoy on the banks of the creek. Very low impact activity, however you may get your feet wet in the creek!!
In the tropics, such as the Western Highlands of Guatemala, cloud forest exists at the higher elevations. Within the cloud forests the tree varieties consist of broadleaf species and coniferous forest. One example of a tropical montane forest is a cloud forest, which gains its moisture from clouds and fog. Cloud forests often exhibit an abundance of mosses covering the ground and vegetation, in which case they are also referred to as mossy forests. Mossy forests usually develop on the saddles of mountains, where moisture introduced by settling clouds is more effectively retained. The indicator species for the lower montane forest are the ponderosa pine and the Jeffrey pine, black oak, sugar pine, Spanish cedar, and white fir.
Tour starts and ends in Panajachel. $70 per person. (2 person minimum) Meals & refreshments not included.