Finca el Paraiso is a unique Guatemala waterfall and one of Central America’s hidden gems – find out the entrance fee & how to get there from Rio Dulce.
How to Get to Rio Dulce
Getting to Finca el Paraiso is easy from Rio Dulce Town.
Simply hop in a microbus (Q15 / $2.05 ) at the intersection of the main highway and the street with Hotel Yair.
Ask to get off at Finca el Paraiso, and catch a return microbus across the street from the entrance.
We also recommend Lonely Planet’s Guatemala guide book to help you plan your trip.
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The entrance fee at Finca el Paraiso is Q10/ $1.40.
We don’t recommend this but you can avoid paying it if you want. You’ll need to have a smartphone with the app Maps.me.
Stop the microbus a couple hundred meters before arriving at Finca el Paraiso. Walk behind the houses, and cross the shallow stream once you are 100 meters from the road. We saw a few locals coming through this way.
The proper entrance is on the other side of the stream, but it isn’t very official-looking.
When we showed up, a guy in normal street clothes approached us for Q15 / $2.05.
We weren’t sure if he was actually worked there, so we checked with two ladies at the nearby restaurant. They seemed even shadier so we went back to the guy and asked for a ticket before paying.
The ticket stated Q10 / $1.40 so we paid him that. Have change to avoid getting ripped off.
Finca el Paraiso entrance fee: Q10/ $1.40
Visiting Finca el Paraiso
Finca el Paraiso is roughly 500 meters from the road.
Follow the path along the stream until you reach a staircase leading down to one of the most unique waterfalls in Guatemala.
The stream is deep, cold, and perfect for swimming on a hot day – just like the naturals pools at Semuc Champey…
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Once you have cooled off enough, head over to the hot spring fed waterfall.
We might be tempted to play in the rain if it felt this good.
Having the hot water beat down on you is like getting a massage while draped in a warm towel.
You can stand next to the rock wall in the middle, and the water is less pounding.
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Finca el Paraiso Hot Springs
The source of the natural hot springs aren’t far away if you want to venture to see the origin.
Simply climb either side of the waterfall, using roots and trunks to help you up the path.
Follow the trail on the right side of the stream until it ends at the springs.
Be careful as you step in the water as it is very hot.
On the way back, you can climb back down or jump into the pool below.
Just make sure you check the depth and verify it’s clear before jumping.
The first secret spot at Finca el Paraiso is where the hot springs originate in this amazing waterfall.
There is spa quality mud to the right that is perfect for a facial or whole body skin treatment.
Don’t be afraid to go crazy with the mud since you can wash it off easily.
The second secret spot is located at the base of the waterfall.
Take a deep breath, and dip under the rock curtain.
You will be inside a long lip with just enough height for your head, and no one will even know you are there!
Don’t try this with the other caves scattered around the waterfall.
They are full of bats and guano.
Don’t waste your time, or risk getting sick.
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Easy DIY travel outside city centres using public transport
Visited in July 2016
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