1. How to get there: El Salto de Chilascó is run by the community of San Rafael, in the town of Salama, Baja Verapaz department. It is located 42 km from the municipal capital and 156 km from the capital city. From the capital, you can get to Chilascó by bus or private vehicle; the trip takes about 4 hours. The vast majority of the road trip is paved, except the last 12 miles which are dirt road.
2. Ecosystem: The area is part of the Biosphere Reserve of Sierra de Las Minas and the largest cloud forest in Central America, which has abundant plant and animal biodiversity, consisting of ferns, orchids and bromeliads, as well as the jaguar and quetzal.
3. Tourist attractions: Chilascó means "dark mountain", its main attraction is the jump (fall), considered the highest in Central America, with 130 m high. The route is through a cloud forest area which is very well preserved and has abundant tree ferns. There is a special microclimate because humidity and temperature are lower than in the surrounding area. The nature lovers can observe many species of birds, mosses and bromeliads, as well as beautiful waterfalls with crystal clear pools for bathing. For those in search of extreme adventure we offer climbing to Lomo de Macho. You can also stay with the local community to learn from them how to make crafts pine crafts.
4. Tourist activities: The community offers a tour to El Salto de Chilascó, which can be done by your self, since the trails are well marked, or accompanied by qualified guides. The visit to Lomo de Macho requires a guide and a good physical condition, since you travel 8 km walking or horseback. You can visit the grazing areas and the Sierra de Las Minas to see the cloud forest. There are other interesting options such as crafts making, participating in local farming operations and broccoli planting.
5. Tourist services: Food and lodging in rustic family houses are provided, as well as tour guides, horseback riding and hiking.
6. Suggested tour package: We offer a one-day package, which offers the possibility of walking or riding a horse to El Salto de Chilascó. Since this package does not include food, take with you a snack. If you want to get to Lomo de Macho, the same conditions apply. For a full package you can request in advance lodging and food to the host family. Prices range from USD 2 per person to walk over to Salto de Chilascó and USD 22, including lodging and food.
7. What to bring: Pants, rubber boots for the rainy season, sneakers in summer, raincoat, backpack, water and towel. For your protection bring hat or cap, sunscreen, lip balm and insect repellent.
8. Our organization: Chilascó Sustainable Development Association was born in 2005, with the primary objective of improving the quality of life for members of the community through ecotourism.
9. Booking information: For reservations, sales and travel information, call or write to:
- Community phone: (502) 5202-9667 and (502) 5776-1683
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
- Website: www.chilasco.net.ms
- Contact: Efrain Perez and Jose Luis Morales.
- Address: San Rafael Village Chilascó Village, Salamá, Baja Verapaz.