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EL Paredon, Guatemala – 2019

Being located only 2.5 hours by car from Antigua and Guatemala City at a volcanic black sandy beach, el Paredon is the perfect destination for all off-the-beaten-path lovers and surf enthusiasts. The small and lazy beach town is barely more than a single street that is only reachable by dirt road. The way to reach this laid-back surf town is an adventure on its own! But that is what it makes it so charming. Surf lovers from all around the world come here to ride the huge waves (with an average of 1.9m) of Guatemala’s Pacific Coast. It is slowly becoming Guatemala’s surf capital. But don’t worry, it is still far away from attracting large tourist crowds. For me it is the perfect place to enjoy some beach vibes when visiting Guatemala while relaxing under the tropical sun. Even for people who don’t surf, since there are many other things to do.

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HOW TO GET TO EL PAREDON, GUATEMALA

My recommended way of transportation is either to go by private transportation or Shuttle. From Antigua there are two shuttles per day, at 9.30 AM and 1.30 PM. From Guatemala City the shuttle leaves at 6.00 AM or 12 PM, the shuttle makes a stop in Antigua. It takes around 2.5 hours and costs 165 Q. There is a lot of parking in EL Paredon if you want to come by private transportation. Just take in mind that the last 40 minutes are a dirt road, so your car should be able to handle it.  

Shuttle to El Paredon: CLICK HERE

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The cheapest and most adventurous way to get to El Paredon is definitely by Chicken bus (the local bus in Guatemala). You can take it from Antigua or Guatemala City, it takes around 5 hours and costs around 40Q. I haven’t tried it but from what I have heard I wouldn’t recommend it. Chicken busses are known to be unsafe and uncomfortable!

Read more in the El Paredon Transportation Guide: CLICK HERE

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WHERE TO STAY IN EL PAREDON, GUATEMALA – SWELL

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We found paradise in El Paredon, the boho-chic Surf & Lifestyle Hotel “Swell” is definitely the best place to stay in. It is one of the nicest places that I stayed in in my entire Central America trips and very Instagram worthy. And that for many reasons. First, the hotel is owned by a French and Canadian couple who is super nice as well as the other staff members. Everyone tried to make our stay as nice as possible and we felt very welcomed. The decoration of the hotel is simply amazing. I loved the style and cleanliness and so much attention to detail. It directly made me feel super comfortable there.

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My boyfriend and I stayed in one of the swim-up suits, which I can highly recommend! You can dip in the pool directly from your terrace. Especially at night with a bottle of wine that is very romantic 😉 Another highlight is the private outdoor jungle shower, that is integrated in the room. Simply amazing! And the room is very tastefully decorated and very clean. We slept super well with the fresh breeze of the air-conditioning. It was very quiet and relaxing.

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The breakfast is very delicious, I recommend the yogurt bowl with granola and fruits. Together with a French Press coffee (one of our absolute favorites <3) and a Zucchini bread with cream cheese and chocolate chips. Wow! I was so surprised how good this Zucchini bread was! I kept ordering it over and over again during my stay.

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The day we spent with sipping delicious cocktails in the pool or reading a book in the hammock. Especially in the morning around 7.30 AM and in the afternoon around 5.30 PM, it was nice to walk to the beach and have a swim in the sea, because waves are lower at this time of the day. It’s only a 3 min walk from the hotel to the beach. After the swim we relaxed in the hotel own chill out area at the beach and watched the surfers. They have some sun launchers there and some hammocks with sea views. Such a great idea! Next time I want to try surfing!

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Swell also has great Internet and is the perfect place for people who work remotely like me. You have plenty of shady places to sit with plug and you have the chance to meet other digital nomads here and exchange ideas. Last, I wanted to mention the Yoga area under the roof. Such an amazing view, and a fresh sea breeze thanks to its big open windows, makes it to the perfect hangout area! We will definitely be back <3

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WHAT TO DO IN EL PAREDON, GUATEMALA

There are a few things to do in EL Paredon besides slurping cocktails, relaxing in the hammock or swimming in the sea, it provides a variety of activities. Here are some of the things you can do.  

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SURFING

El Paredon is known to be a surfer’s paradise with nice waves all year around. The waves are suitable for all levels, beginners and experienced surfers alike. Depending on what level you are you should see what the best time is to surf for you. Generally speaking, the best time for surfing is from 6 to 9 AM and 4 to 6.30 PM, when the sea is glassier. There are many surf schools offering classes or renting out boards,

WATCH BABY TURTLES HATCH

A real highlight is to watch hundreds of baby turtles hatch at the beach early in the morning. It is fascinating to see the little babies running towards the water and disappearing in the big great ocean. You have to be lucky so to come in hatching season which is from mid-September to mid-December. You can help release the baby turtles into the ocean. Driftwood Hostel has a meet up spot every morning at 5.45 AM to walk to the turtle hatchery. You are asked for a donation in exchange.

WATCH TURTLES NESTING

Being an important nesting site for green sea and leatherback turtles, you can watch something truly unique here from June to November, with August and September being the peak time. You can observe how the turtles lay their eggs on the beach at night. The tour is offered for free by the Paredon-Surf-House.

GO HORSEBACK RIDING

For 150 Q per hour you can ride a horse along the beach. I recommend you do that during either sunrise or sunset, otherwise it will be super-hot, and you won’t be able to enjoy the ride! The horses in El Paredon seemed well taken care of.

COOKING CLASSES

Learn how the locals cook and get an authentic experience in how to make the traditional Guatemalan tortillas, ticucas, empanadas and a delicious Guatemalan lunch. The tour is offered by La-Choza-Chula’s-Nonprofit-organization and all profits go to educational projects in the village! It costs around 12 Dollars per person. Book it HERE 

TURTLE AND SALT FARM TOUR

La-Choza-Chula’s-Nonprofit-organization will take you on a 20-minute boat ride from El Paredon to watch turtles in a beautiful spot. On the way back you will pass the salt farms and a local guide will explain you the extraction process. Enjoz the beautiful sunset from the boat. Turtles are present in El Paredon all year around! Book it HERE

MANGROVE TOUR

La-Choza-Chula’s-Nonprofit-organization offers a 2-hour tour with a traditional lancha boat. A local guide will paddle you through the beautiful mangroves of the Sipacate El Naranjo National Park. He will show you different wildlife and teach you the local way of fishing. Book it HERE

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TIPS

The best wave breaks between December and April. Bring cash! There are no cash machines in El Paredon or nearby. It is still a very unspoiled place; I am sure in the future this will change so don’t wait to long to visit!

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It has been a very nice & relaxing time in El Paredon! Have you ever visited? Do you maybe have something to add to my to do list or any other advice for fellow travelers? Share it with us in a comment below.

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If you love secluded beaches and you are currently traveling through Central America, you should check out my Blog post about: The Corn Islands – A Secluded Island Paradise in Nicaragua.

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One of my favorite places that I have visited of all times is the small city of Tulum in Mexico. It is located in the Yucatán Peninsula right on the Caribbean coast of Quintana Roo. This small Mexican paradise offers much more than the neighboring tourist towns Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Tulum stands for tranquility, relaxing and being authentic. The most beautiful white sandy beaches await you here. And the best thing is that they are empty, no noisy tourist crowds like in the other places. But don’t worry also in Tulum you have the chance to go out and do things. In this Tulum Travel Guide I will share with you my experince and the best thing to do here. 

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Coral Tulum Hotel Boutique Mexico, September 2017

Tulum Travel Guide – Things to do

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1. Relax on the beach in a sun launcher drinking a cocktail

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Coral Tulum Hotel Boutique Mexico, September 2017

There is nothing better to start the vacation relaxing on a white sandy beach with turqoise water and no tourist crowds. I recommend you to go to the Southern beach of Tulum, not the one near the Mayan ruins. This one is more crowded! Tulum’s southern beaches are private, if you don’t stay in one of them don’t worry. You can just go there and buy a drink or meal in their beach bar. They give you a free launcher for the whole day. I recommend you the Coral Tulum Hotel Boutique. It has amazing white sunbeds, awesome food and freshly prepared juices and cocktails.

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Coral Tulum Hotel Boutique Mexico, September 2017

2. Go snorkeling/diving in the Cenote Dos Ojos

One of the biggest adventures on our trip to Mexico was the diving trip to the Cenote Dos Ojos with Getyourguide tours. A cenote is an underwater cave that are very common in the Yucatán area. It is the most famous cenote in the area and perfect to discover by scuba diving. It takes around 30 minutes by car to get there from Tulum. If you are not a certified diver don’t worry, you can also book a snorkeling trip. The difficulty level for divers is medium. The water is quite fresh so make sure to wear a wet suit. It is in unforgettable experience to swim in the cenote and watch the sunlight entering the crystal-clear water. For divers it’s a real adventure to dive through the underwater labyrinth. But please never go without a guide!

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Cenote Dos Ojos Tulum Mexico, September 2017

3. Rent a bike and explore the area

The perfect way to explore the beauty of Tulum center and the surrounding area is to rent a bike. Most of the hotels provide a bike rental. Otherwise you can find bike rentals all around the center. Like for example Olabiketulum.

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Tulum Mexico , September 2017

4. Visit the Mayan ruins 

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Mayan ruins Tulum, September 2018

One of the most famous sights in the area are the Mayan ruins in Tulum. The opening hours are from 8 AM to 5 PM and the entrance fee is around 40 pesos. It’s very nice to explore the different pyramids which are located right at the coast. There is also a beach inside the area which allows you to swim and refresh yourself after the long walk. Take your time for the visit, there is quite a lot to see. I would suggest at least 3 to 4 hours.

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Mayan ruins Tulum, September 2018

I would love to hear how you liked Tulum. Leave a comment below and share your experience!

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