Descripción: It was declared as a Private Natural Reserve in 2001. Los Andes has promoted the conservation of the Resplendent Quetzal (with an artificial nest program), as well as other birds and forests. More than 60% of the area maintains the original forests; the farm produces coffee, organic tea and promotes local communities’ participation. The Nature Conservancy selected Los Andes as one of their model projects to encourage sustainable development programs in the region. It is better to visit the reserve between April and June to observe the Quetzal, and throughout the months of November to January you can enjoy the amazing show that birds perform when feeding from the fruit trees near the observation tower.
Services: Lodging and restaurant; water, coffee and organic tea are available throughout the day. Local guides for bird watching are also available. It is necessary to reserve all services in advance.
Access: Take the CA-1 Highway and then get on CA-2 until you reach Km117.5, where you should take a right going through Santa Bárbara town, then you will drive for 5.5 mile more until you reach “El Esfuerzo” community and Finca Panamá. From there drive 2.4 mile more towards Finca Los Andes (during the rainy season it’s recommended to drive a 4X4 vehicle).
Tourist facilities: El Quetzal trail is 1.8 mile long through primary Cloud Forest; the observation tower is located there. Coralitos trail is located in the Subtropical Humid Forest.
Fees and schedule: US$85 per person (price includes restaurant, lodging and local guide for birdwatching). There is transportation from the highway to the reserve for US$27 per group.
Other features: Coffee, organic tea and macadamia tours for groups of five persons. The farm it is not far away from Lake Atitlán and San Lucas Tolimán.
Contact: 7 avenida 14-44 zona 9, Edificio La Galería, segundo nivel, local 21 Guatemala City;
Telephones: (502) 2334 0333, 2334 0334,