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Swimming at Finca el Paraíso

The blend of a hot waterfall and a chilly river can harden your body and calm your mind


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Finca El Paraíso can satisfy the whims of the most capricious tourists: those who say that the Rio Dulce is too chilly to swim can opt for any of hot waterfalls where water temperatures may reach 40 °C. An ideal spot to soak can be found where the hot spring waterfalls flow into the cool river waters turning it into pleasantly warm basin perfect for relaxing. The waterfalls are located on the north side of Lake Izabal, about 2 km from the bus stop. The area offers even more adventure—you can also explore dark caves found right above the waterfalls. The dark tunnels are filled with water, so the only way to discover the area is to swim through the caves so be sure to keep a flashlight in a watertight bag. Further attractions include the Castillo de San Felipe—a medieval castle once used to keep British pirates at bay. Lago Izabal and Boqueron Canyon located around Finca El Paraíso are also well worth exploring. The best time to visit this location is February through May, ​which offers the most favourable weather conditions with pleasant temperatures and little rain.

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