Day Trip To El Paredón - Puerto Quetzal

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Come visit the beautiful surf village of El Paredón and explore the mysterious mangroves in a protected National Park on the Pacific coast of Guatemala. Try your hand at surfing, take a tour of the village, including an optional educational activity in the library with the local kids. Learn how to cook as the locals do followed by an incredible experience watching sea turtles come up for air in a beautiful spot down the river.


  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Family friendly
  • Lunch included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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This tour offers a collection and drop-off service from Puerto Quetzal. After arrival in El Paredn, you will be accompanied to La Choza Chula's headquarters in the heart of the village. You will then head to the Poza del Nance, one of only seven sea-turtle feeding grounds in the world where turtles are present all year-round. See their heads surface as they come up for air in a beautiful spot, a 20 minute boat ride from El Paredn. On the way back our local guide will take you to the salt farms and explain the extraction process, before heading back to El Paredn. Here, you will head to a local family's home to learn how to make traditional Guatemalan tortillas and empanadas (vegetarian option available upon request). In the afternoon, you will venture into the mangroves in a small boat and paddle through the beautiful tunnels spotting crabs, birds and four-eyed fish along the way.

All the activities are run with trained local guides alongside a La Choza Chula member of staff for translation. All proceeds go towards supporting La Choza Chula's community development projects.

Includes: Transport to/from Puerto Quetzal, all guides, translator, all boat hire, small snacks, water refills, a turtle-themed bracelet, and an empanada recipe card.

Inclusions for Day Trip To El Paredón

  • Transport to/from Puerto Quetzal
  • Light refreshments
  • Water bottle refills
  • Lunch
  • All activities
  • Local guides
  • Boat hire

Exclusions for Day Trip To El Paredón

  • n/a


9:00am - Welcome to El Paredón

9:30am - Surf class. Learn to surf the famous pacific coast, while supporting the local surf school, Escuilita de Surf Torre Fuerte.

11:00am - Tour of the village. Enjoy a delicious fruit smoothie while strolling around this idyllic village, visiting the library, the turtle nursery, and the secondary school.

12:30pm- Cooking class and lunch. Learn how to make traditional Guatemalan tortillas, empanadas, ticucas and then eat what you make. Or just sit back and enjoy a meal with a local family. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of a local family’s kitchen while improving your Central American cooking repertoire. Vegetarian options are available.

2:30pm - Turtle tour. Go turtle-spotting and watch as the amazing creatures come up for air in a beautiful spot 10 minutes from El Paredón. Includes transport and local guide.

5pm - End of the tour

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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1 Traveler Reviews

  • After a little confusion on pick up at the port they have never picked anyone up there before we were greeted by our guide Carla and we were off to El Paredon. This is a 45-60 minute drive to a small village of about 1,000 people. I want to forewarn you that about 20 minutes of the drive is on a bumpy dirt road. This tour is NOT for someone seeking luxury. It is strictly for someone who is interested in how the locals live. We arrived and started at a small shop where we had the locals version of a smoothie and chatted for a while. Carla gave us a choice to take a surfing lesson which we originally signed up for or go turtle watching with a stop at a salt mine. We decided to do the turtle watching which a lot like a mini version of whale watching. Its is pretty cool to hear the turtles gasp for air as they come up. The salt mine was very interesting as I had never seen one before. Carla also pointed out many birds that you don't see everyday while on the river. My favorite part of the day was our next stop. We helped prepare and cook our lunch in a local home with none of the conveniences of home. No real windows, doors, appliances, A/C, etc. We even cooked on a stove that was fueled by wood between bricks. It was very cool. The family was very nice and gracious to allow us in their home. We really enjoyed that. After that we went took a small boat into the mangroves that was like a jungle tunnel where my wife's sunglasses fell off her head into to the water and the boat guide immediately jumped in to find them to no avail. What a nice gesture. Then they taught us to fish as the locals do with a tin can and string. It was amazing! All in all we had a great day! Thanks Carla!

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