The Pacific Lowlands

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Pacific Lowlands - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. ARCAS

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    The Petén-based ARCAS, whose name is the Spanish acronym for "Association for Rescue and Conservation of Wildlife," maintains an operation in...Read More

  • 2. Auto Safari Chapín

    Zoo/Aquarium

    It's not exactly a game park in Kenya, but Auto Safari Chapín creates a Guatemalan version of the experience. This large outdoor zoo gives you...Read More

  • 3. Biotopo Monterrico

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    The Biotopo Monterrico, officially, the Monterrico Natural Reserve for Multiple Uses, encompasses 6,916 acres along Guatemala's Pacific coast...Read More

  • 4. CECON

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    CECON, based at Guatemala City's Universidad de San Carlos, operates the Biotopo Monterrico and an interesting in-town visitor center that documents...Read More

  • 5. Finca El Baúl

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    In the midst of working fields of sugarcane north of town, Finca El Baúl clumps together a collection of stelae from the Preclassic to Late...Read More

  • 6. Museo de Cultura Cotzumalguapa

    Museum/Gallery

    For a far better grounding in the Mayan history of the region than you can get at El Baúl, head to the Finca Las Ilusiones, also a one-time...Read More

  • 7. Takalik Abaj

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Olmec meets Mayan at Takalik Abaj, a little-known complex of ruins tucked away in the southwestern corner of the country. Historically, this...Read More

  • 8. Xetulul

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    We'll call the adjoining Xetulul a bit more "Epcot Center-y." It expands on Xocomil's Mayan theme, but incorporates pavilions devoted to colonial...Read More

  • 9. Xocomil

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    Wet and wild, Xocomil is a water park of which there are many in this part of the country. The Mayan-themed structures tend a bit toward the...Read More

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