About us

Tarde en Lago de Atitlán / Afternoon by Lake AtitlanGate to the Lake

The San Buenaventura valley has seen tremendous transformations from an ancient Mayan village at the end of the 1700s, to a sugarcane plantation  in the mid 1800s, to a coffee plantation in the early 20th Century.

In 1995 the Nature Reserve opened a butterfly preserve and nature trails, a couple o years later, its first visitor center. Afterwards, hanging bridges, a new Visitor Center, zip lines and camping grounds came in short succession to bring visitors closer to this extraordinary natural legacy.

Today, the Nature Reserve is a privileged place to enjoy the magnificent natural setting of the Lake Basin. And through its outreach programs and the sponsoring of “Todos por el Lago” [Everyone for the Lake], the Reserve is a place to talk about our common future.

The Nature Reserve has been actively involved in the environmental movement of the Lake Basin and has hosted numerous meetings of grass roots organizations and supported the Scientific Expeditions of 2010 and onwards. Our goal is to maintain the living communities and their surroundings so that future generations can have access to this extraordinary legacy.

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