The area as a whole is in a National Park called Sipacate-El Naranjo, composed by three main towns, and El Paredon stands in the middle of those. From Guatemala City or Antigua it takes about two hours to reach this little strip of paradise. From Antigua you can reach us by direct shuttle for Q90, though there are only 10 spots each day so it is recommended to book early. Alternatively you can take chicken buses for Q65, however it takes 2 different buses, a tuk-tuk, a boat ride, and 4-6 hours to reach us via public transport. You are more than welcome to drive your own car, find us via Waze or Google Maps.
El Paredón is a small fishing community with approximately 1500 residents. The village sits on the edge of a national park between wild surfing waves on the coast and the mangrove lined river. Its name (meaning the large wall) comes from the long wide sand bar that runs west along the coastline from the village, down to the mouth of the river. The black volcanic sand on the beach continues into the village streets with no solid roads throughout. Flip-flops are a must here if you don’t want to burn your feet.
The village has only been inhabited since the 1940s and there is very little trace of any Mayan/indigenous culture. Most families are from Spanish/European descent. The Spanish spoken here is melodic and lilting, at times faster and full of slang and colloquialisms and may take a bit of getting used to, but locals are patient and happy to explain and repeat themselves. There are very few locals that speak or understand much English though it is being taught in the school and slowly children are picking up more and more. The community is open and very friendly, with people saying hello to you in the street, sharing news and always willing to help.