Route to El Estor

Route to El Estor

Explore several different areas around Lake Izabal during this tour. As you make your way towards the lakeside town of El Estor you’ll visit the limestone canyon of El Boquerón, the warm-water fall at Finca El Paraíso, and the San Felipe Castle.

Featured in:Boat Tours, Guided Tours, Bocas del Polochic, San Felipe's Castle
5 hrs
Available Days:
Every day
8:00 AM, 9:00 AM
Hotel Transport Included
Mobile Ticket Included
Offered in English, Spanish

El Estor is a friendly town along the western shores of Lake Izabal. The town name is thought to have derived from the English word “store,” as English pirates once came here to buy supplies after sailing up the Río Dulce. El Estor is becoming something of an ecotourism destination due to a number of nearby natural attractions. You’ll stop at a few of these as you travel towards the town.

You’ll visit El Boquerón, an impressive limestone canyon that is set some 4 miles (6 km) from El Estor. While exploring this canyon, you’ll enjoy views of its huge, 820-foot (250-m) rock faces. You’ll traverse the Río Sauce in a small boat and get a good look at this spectacular canyon.

You’ll enjoy a trip to Finca El Paraíso, where you’ll find a warm-water fall. This fall descends into a cool pool, making the whole scene both interesting and inviting. Enjoy a dip into the pool or stay dry and take photos from land.
Finally, you’ll explore the San Felipe Castle. The Spanish built this castle in the 17th century to defend their territory against invading British pirates. You’ll explore the castle and its maze of rooms. You can also get good views of Lake Izabal from here.

Attractions Visited

Bocas del Polochic

Located along the western side of Lake Izabal near the outlet of the Polochic River, the Bocas del Polochic Wildlife Refuge protects important wetlands, flooded forests, and savannas. It’s the most fertile wetland area in Guatemala.

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San Felipe's Castle

El Castillo de San Felipe de Lara is a fortress along the northern shores of Lake Izabal in Guatemala. More commonly known as “El Castillo de San Felipe,” the castle was originally built by the Spanish in 1652 to ward off pirates.

Read more:San Felipe's Castle

What to Bring

Camera, swimming suit, towel, sunscreen, and comfortable clothes.

What's included

Transportation and entry to El Boquerón, Finca El Paraíso, and the San Felipe Castle.


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