Reserva Patrocinio offers visitors to Guatemala a chance to immerse themselves in nature, under the shadow of the active Santiaguito Volcano. From the property, you’ll have an excellent view of this smoke and lava-spewing beast. This preserve covers around 300 acres of virgin rainforest and presents lots of opportunity to explore the forest canopy.
- 3:00 p.m. check in
- 12:00 p.m. check out
In the area, you can take hikes to other overlooks of the volcano, and visit the hot springs that get their heat from underground volcanic activity. From here, it takes about 90 minutes to reach Quetzaltenango, one of the main Maya cities in the western highlands. Go here to experience some of the local culture, as well as in the smaller surrounding villages. Retalhuleu is just 30 minutes away, and offers more options for restaurants, as well as a nearby archeological site.
Meanwhile, the reserve has plenty of its own nature trails through wetlands and cloud forest, as well as a canopy circuit and birdwatching tower where you can better appreciate the huge variety of colorful birds that are unique to this part of the world. The canopy circuit includes a hanging bridge. For a break from the humid rainforest, visit the property's natural swimming hole and swim in the fresh mountain spring water.
There are just 9 rooms in the preserve’s lodge, offering an intimate experience right on the edge of the woods, surrounded by flowers and other tropical plants. The lodge was built using local materials and gets its electricity from a hydroelectric plant, making it as ecologically friendly as possible. Accommodations are cozy and simple, and all of the rooms have private bathrooms. Do note: They don't have air conditioning or Wi-Fi, so get ready to revel in a truly rustic experience. They provide hammocks outside the room so you can relax in the fresh air.
Sample some of the local flavors at the restaurant, where they serve ingredients harvested on site, including coffee, chocolate, macadamia nuts, and local honey. Breakfast is included in your stay. The restaurant showcases meals that draw on Guatemala’s long culinary heritage, incorporating Maya recipes. Best of all, the cafeteria comes with an impressive view of the volcano.