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The East is a warm zone with personality, in this area we can find different contrasts in the departments of Zacapa, Chiquimula, Jalapa, El Progreso and Jutiapa. In this region is located the Sierra de las Minas with a jungle ecosystem and declared a protected area in Zacapa, the largest in Central America. It is home to more than 885 species of mammals, birds and reptiles that live in this cloud forest. It houses one of the most important Catholic pilgrimage sites in the region, the municipality of Esquipulas, whose logo is The Basilica of Santo Cristo Negro de Esquipulas
Tatasirire Waterfall Ecological Park
This park is located in the department of Jalapa, 118 km from the Capital City, approximately 2 hours away by car.
In this park we can find 6 waterfalls, two of them 30 meters high. In the park we can perform various activities such as hiking, rappel, extreme swings, mountain biking, canopy, eco accommodation and camping, a quality that makes this park special that allows the entry of pets so the entire family can enjoy a walk through the waterfalls.
The waterfalls of Urlanta are one of the beauties that can be found in the department of Jalapa, one of the waterfalls is approximately 70 meters high and is fed by very cold water that comes from the mountain.
The place is surrounded by a large number of trees and a variety of birds can be observed. Due to the type of terrain rock climbing can be done with safety equipment.
Pino Dulce Ecological Park
It is located in the Pino Dulce village, municipality of Mataquescuintla, in the department of Jalapa, only 90 kilometers from the capital city. It is located at the highest point in the eastern part of the country, at an altitude of 2,450 meters above sea level, so the climate is cold.
It is an area of approximately one terrain cavalry. From its viewpoints you can see beautiful landscapes, like a virgin mountain with old trees. It is a place where you can do outdoor activities such as hiking, horseback riding, soccer, volleyball, canopy, giant swings, bonfires and observe fauna and flora,
The park is open from 7 am. to 6 pm. Everyday of the year. After 6 p.m. Only people who camp and need a previous reservation can enter.
Balneario Los Chorros
This unique spa is located in San Pedro Pinula, Jalapa. It is a special spa because it uses the alkaline waters of the “Quebrada Los Chorros” to form pools of natural non-stagnant water where the water runs with small waterfalls between the pools.
At the bottom of the pools, the white color caused by the alkaline water stands out, which with the passing of time has been colored.
Laguna de Ixpaco
Located in Santa Rosa, it is the only lagoon in all of Guatemala to be of sulfur water, this is due to the actions of the Tecuamburro volcano.
It has a characteristic color that varies between mint green and light green, depending on the time of year.
Due to its high sulfur content, aquatic life does not develop inside the lagoon. Another limiting factor is the high temperature of the same since according to visitor accounts, it has been observed how the water boils in the middle of the lagoon, making it unlikely to be able to bathe inside the lagoon.
The flood and destruction of the city of Güixar, originated the formation of the lake that at the moment is known like of Güija,
The lake is located in Asunción Mita, Jutiapa and something interesting is that its surface is shared by El Salvador and Guatemala.
In this lagoon we can find different woods such as nance, cedar, mahogany and rubber, being an ideal habitat for different animals such as the quetzal, the zenith, lizards and some species of snakes.
Volcano and Ipala Lagoon
The Ipala Lagoon is located inside the crater of the volcano that bears the same name. The rise of this volcano takes about an hour and thirty minutes.
It is located between Chiquimula and Jutiapa, and is characterized by being easily accessible, so it is one of the first options for people who start hiking or climbing volcanoes, as it is considered one of the easiest summits to conquer.
On the site you can perform different activities such as hiking, camping, take baths in the lagoon and stay in cabins.