San Juan Ostuncalco
Regional Municipal Park

San Juan Ostuncalco

In the shadow of volcanoes and mountains.
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Geographic Location

Department: Quetzaltenango
Municipality: San Juan Ostuncalco
Administration: Municipal
Area: 40 hectares (98.8 acres)
Year of declaration: 2007

What to expect?

Conifer and oak forest, views of over Santa Maria and Zunil volcanoes and Quetzaltenango´s valley.

How to get there?

Travel time from Guatemala City:
4.5-hour drive
Main access road:
Route CA-1 West

It is located 227.6 km (142 miles) from Guatemala City (4.5 hour-drive). Take the Inter-American Highway to Quetzaltenango, and then National Route 1 (RN-1) toward San Marcos. The viewpoint is located in the Mirasol Forest between the departments of Quetzaltenango and San Marcos (8 km – 5 miles - from San Juan Ostuncalco).
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This little park conserves a sample of conifer and oak forest, typical from the western highlands of Guatemala. It is an ideal resting place between the departments of Quetzaltenango and San Marcos, with impressive views of Santa Maria and Zunil volcanoes, as well as the mountain range of Cacique Dormido and the valley of Quetzaltenango. During your visit you can observe the local flora and fauna, including the outstanding Pinkheaded Warbler (Ergaticus versicolor), a regional endemic bird species. This is an ideal place to appreciate nature, rest and enjoy with your family.

Activities

  • Trail hiking
  • Flora and fauna observation
  • Bird watching
  • Scenic views.

Recommendations

Take clothes for cold climate and comfortable walking shoes, binoculars, and if you want, food for a BBQ. Remember to take your trash out when you leave the park.

Schedule to the public

Tuesday to Sunday From 9:00 to 16:00 hours

Contact Information

Name of the institution:
Municipality of San Juan Ostuncalco.
Telephones:
(502) 7763-8777
(502) 7763-8527

Name of the institution:
CONAP Quetzaltenango
Telephone:
(502) 7767-1885

Facilities and Services

Rest and picnic area
Rest and picnic area
Information
Information
Children playground
Children playground
Trails
Trails

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