Las Escobas Springs Adventure
Duration: 3 1/4 hours
Tour Code: stc-001
Explore the pristine natural beauty of the Cerro San Gil rainforest and the lifestyle of its local residents during this memorable journey to Las Escobas Springs.
Depart the pier aboard a local boat for the brief ride along the Santo Tomas Bay to the Green Bay Hotel. En route, you will take in spectacular views of the bay, and your guide will inform you about Guatemala and your surrounding habitat. Upon arrival at the hotel, you will disembark the boat at the hotel, then board your awaiting transport for the brief drive to the Las Escobas Springs Reserve.
Las Escobas is one of the two main rivers flowing from the Cerro San Gil, a 117,000-acre protected rainforest surrounded by mountains. The subject of intense study by renowned biologists, scientists, naturalists and ecologists, this thriving ecosystem is home to more than 400 bird species, as well as an abundance of reptiles, amphibious mammals and insects endemic to the region.
Upon arrival at the Las Escobas Springs Reserve, you will be welcomed by one of the reserve hostesses, then participate in a special educational program funded by FUNDAECO, a nature-preservation NGO that teaches students basic English language skills and incoming tourism services. During the program's 1.5-hour hike, several stops will be made for more detailed explanations and optional bathing in one of the puddles.
Following your hike, you will proceed to the community of Las Escobas, located just five minutes from the Las Escobas Springs Natural Reserve. Here, you will have an opportunity to interact with the local people, experience their daily lives and participate in a tortilla-making demonstration.
Afterward, you will be transferred back to the Green Bay Hotel for a brief stop with some time to relax with a complimentary drink. For an additional fee, you may choose to stay in the hotel for as long as you wish. Following your visit, you will be transferred back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a leisurely walk of approximately 1 mile over uneven ground, and is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair. Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and comfortable walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat and sunglasses from the ship. Guests wishing to swim should wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, and bring a towel from the ship. Guests must be at least 21 years of age to be served alcoholic beverages.