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Top Choice Italian in Monterrico

Taberna El Pelicano

This cheery thatched orange restaurant is one of the best places to eat in town, with the widest menu and most interesting food. Look for excellent salads (Q80), plenty of cleverly prepared fish (from Q90) and a ran…
Museum in Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa

Museo El Baúl

This museum, about 2.75km on foot or 5km by vehicle from El Baúl hilltop site, comprises a very fine open-air assemblage of Pipil stone sculpture collected from around Finca El Baúl's sugarcane fields. A large stone…
Wildlife Reserve in Monterrico

Biotopo Monterrico-Hawaii

This reserve, administered by Cecon (Centro de Estudios Conservacionistas de la Universidad de San Carlos), is Monterrico's biggest attraction. The 20km-long nature reserve of coast and coastal mangrove swamps is bu…
Guatemalan in El Paredón

Sandra's

Popular open-sided restaurant that serves up a bit of everything, but leans heavily towards seafood (especially ceviche). Vegetarians are well covered, and all mains come with enormous side dishes. One long-term El …
Archaeological Site in Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa

El Baúl Hilltop Site

With two great carved stones, this archaeological site has the additional fascination of being an active place of pagan worship for local people. Maya people visit regularly, especially on weekends, and make offerin…
Archaeological Site in Parque Arqueológico Takalik Abaj

Parque Arqueológico Takalik Abaj

This 6.5-sq-km archaeological site spreads over nine natural terraces. The rainforest-like grounds boast temple mounds, ball courts and flights of steps paved with rounded river stones, along with an impressive numb…
Museum in Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa

Museo Cultura Cotzumalguapa

At the headquarters of the Finca Las Ilusiones sugarcane plantation, you’ll find this museum, which holds a collection of sculptures found around Las Ilusiones' lands. There is some explanatory material and you'll p…
Wildlife Reserve in Monterrico

Tortugario Monterrico

The Cecon-run Tortugario Monterrico is just a short walk east down the beach from the end of Calle Principal and then a block inland. Several endangered species of animals are raised here, including leatherback, oli…
Volcano in Cuilapa

Volcán Cruz Quemada

This dormant volcano towers 1700m over the tiny village of Santa María Ixhuatán at its base. Coffee plantations reach about one third of the way up its slopes. The summit, littered with radio towers, offers excellen…
Wildlife Reserve in The Pacific Slope

Autosafari Chapín

About 25km southeast of Escuintla, Autosafari Chapín is a drive-through safari park and animal conservation project. Species native to Guatemala include white-tailed deer, tapir and macaws. Around the grounds also r…