The best way to explore the Sipacate- Naranjo Nature Reserve is on a kayak. Our tours and rental services at Black Sand Kayaks, offer the opportunity to safely paddle and explore the mangrove inlets of the seaside village of El Paredon. Our primary goal is to operate safe, educational and fun paddle adventures, while aiming to create a greater ecological awareness towards this unique wildlife habitat in Guatemala’s Pacific Coast. By paddling with us you are participating in a low-impact activity. We have tours available for all skin levels and ages. Hope to see you in the mangroves soon!
El Paredon Mangrove Tour: 90 minutes
This paddle adventure takes us along the lower parts of the estuary, giving us the opportunity to explore one of the many mangroves inlets in search of birds, turtles, fish, crabs, and iguanas. Your guide will tell you a bit of about the history of the area, while sharing local knowledge about the flora and fauna found in the reserve.
This tour starts at the head waters of the Sipacate- Naranjo Nature Reserve in the colourful village of El Naranjo. Here we launch our kayaks into the narrow upper sections of the reserve, keeping our eyes open for sea turtles, otters and a wide variety of waterfowl. Continue paddling through thick mangroves towards the wider lower sections of the estuary. This lower section offers some smooth paddle tracking all the way back to El Paredon. This is our longest kayaking tour, and is for serious paddlers and dedicated wildlife enthusiasts only! Its a total of 9.5kms from start to finish! Bring your big guns!
For those of you who love wildlife particularily sea turtles an birds this is the trip for you!
Starting in one of the launch ramps of El Paredon this tour cruises along the sand bar past the river mouth through secret mangrove inlets that take us to the black sea turtle sanctuary known as La Poza del Nance. This is a deep water estuary lagoon where Galapagos Green Turtles are seen feeding on algae year round.