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Introducing Parque Nacional La Tigra

A beautiful national park just a short hop from the capital, Parque Nacional La Tigra encompasses a cloud forest and eight hiking trails. There’s an abundance of (elusive) wildlife – from pumas to peccaries – and towering trees, lichens and large ferns, bromeliads and orchids. It can be chilly up here – bring adequate clothing.

Amitigra in Tegus has information and manages overnight visits to the park. La Tigra has two entrances, Jutiapa and El Rosario – both have good visitor centers with accommodation (L300 per person) and comedores (simple eateries). Maps are available; guides are not really needed, as long as you stick to the main trails. For somewhere really special to stay, the two-room Cabaña Mirador El Rosario is perfect with stunning views and delicious home-cooked food. The German owners Jorge and Monika will pick you up if you call ahead.

The Jutiapa entrance is closest to the capital, 22km northeast. In Tegus, buses (L23, one hour) leave from Parque Herrera (7am, 9am, 2pm, 4pm and 5pm Monday to Friday; 8am, 10am, noon, 1pm and 3pm Saturday and Sunday) for Aldea El Chaparro, a 15-minute walk from the visitor center. Buses return from El Chaparro at 5:30am, 5:45am, 6am, 7am, 9am, 11am, noon and 3pm.