Finca el Paraiso Waterfall

How to Get to Finca el Paraiso from Rio Dulce

In Guatemala, Hiking by Sheena4 Comments

Finca el Paraiso is a hot spring waterfall in Guatemala and one of Central America’s hidden gems! Find out the entrance fee and how to get there from Rio Dulce. 

Finca el Paraiso, Guatemala

Finca el Paraiso, Guatemala is one of the highlights in Rio Dulce town. Not only is the waterfall beautiful, but it is fed by hot springs. Those willing to climb up the sides of the waterfall can jump in or take a free mud bath!

Find out everything you need to know about Finca el Paraiso before your visit:

How to Get to Finca el Paraiso

Getting to Finca el Paraiso waterfall is easy from Rio Dulce town. Simply hop in a microbus (Q20 / $2.62 ) 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.

  • Microbus Fee: Q20
  • Duration: 45 minutes
Guatemala waterfall
Microbuses to Finca el Paraiso and Castillo de San Felipe depart on opposite sides of the street.

If you’re in the region, don’t miss this unique hot spring waterfall. It’s one of the top destinations in Guatemala.

Find more inspiration in one of the Guatemala guide books below!

Entrance Fee

The Finca el Paraiso entrance fee is Q15/ $2.

We don’t recommend this, but you can avoid paying the entrance fee 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.

Locals Crossing Finca el Paraiso Stream with Wood on Backs
Cross the stream in the opposite direction, and you can avoid the Finca el Paraiso entrance fee.

The proper entrance is on the other side of the stream, but it isn’t very official looking. A guy in normal street clothes approached us for Q20 / $2.62 when we arrived.

We weren’t sure if he 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 Q15 / $2 so we paid him that. Have change to avoid getting ripped off.

  • Entrance Fee: Q15/ $2
Finca el Paraiso Entrance
Try your luck at the entrance, or go around to avoid the fee.

Waterfall

Finca el Paraiso waterfall 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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Finca el Paraiso Path
It only takes 500 meters to remove yourself from civilization on the way to one of the best Guatemala waterfalls.

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 where the water is less pounding.

Hot Spring Waterfall Guatemala
Soak your worries away in this Guatemalan hidden gem.

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Hidden Cave

Tucked behind the cascade is a hidden cave 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!

Top of Finca el Paraiso Waterfall
Jump on in, and then swim underneath. You can see every side of the waterfall.

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.

Finca el Paraiso Bats in Cave
You can smell the caves 10 feet away due to the bat guano.

Hot Springs

The source of the Finca el Paraiso natural hot springs aren’t far away if you want to venture to see the origin. Simply climb either side of the waterfall using the 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.

Source of Finca el Paraiso Hot Springs
Climb the waterfall, follow the path, and you will find the hot spring source.

On the way back, you can climb down or jump into the pool below. Just make sure you check the depth and verify it’s clear before jumping.

Waterfall in Guatemala
If you look closely, you can see one girl about to make the plunge into the pool of water.

Mud Bath

There is spa quality mud to the right of where Finca el Paraiso hot springs originate 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.

Finca el Paraiso Mud Bath
Who doesn’t love a free spa quality mud bath?!
Swimming at Finca El Paraiso is one of the best things to do in Rio Dulce - but is it the best waterfall in Guatemala? Find out how to get there & decide for yourself! #fincaelparaiso #guatemala #riodulce
Swimming at Finca El Paraiso is one of the best things to do in Rio Dulce - but is it the best waterfall in Guatemala? Find out how to get there & decide for yourself! #fincaelparaiso #guatemala #riodulce

*** The Final Word – Don’t miss one of the best waterfalls in Guatemala! ***

Visited in July 2016
Updated February 2020

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Comments

  1. Why should you avoid to pay the entrance fee .. is this ethic ??? Is tourism not based on fair trade anymore but nowadays is trying to avoid to pay ???

    1. Author

      In retrospect, it is silly to go out of your way to pay a Q10 entrance fee. However we were approached by 2 different people charging different entrance fees and also met locals who got in for free, so that didn’t feel very ethical to us either.

  2. We paid the fee and happily left a tip for frederico who showed us around and watched our bags for us 😊

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