Before we moved to Guatemala, my family and I lived in Costa Rica. One of our favorite things to do with my son was visiting a place where we could fish for trout and have it prepared for us to eat. It’s not as easy to find this in Gautemala, so after tons of research I found the perfect spot: Ruta del Yalu. This place truly surprised us not only with the fishing but with all the great activities and tours it offered as well.

Fishing in Gautemala

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Years ago when we lived in Costa Rica, one of our favorite family activities was to go fishing for trout and having a local restaurant cook it for us. We haven’t done it in years but now that my youngest boy is 5, I wanted him to experience that.

t I never heard of a place where we could do this in Guatemala. I wasn’t going to let that stop me. So I started my research. With a little effort, I found it!

But the place is so much more than a piece of land with a pond and a restaurant. It is a fully functioning farm that offers all sorts of fun activities.


It is called Finca El Yalu.TMOM disclosure graphic

How to Experience La Ruta del Yalu

The farm is located about 45 minutes away from Guatemala City. The entrance is located right on a main highway so you will find it easily. It is also one of those places where you can leave your kids to run on their own because it is safe.

Staying at Finca El Yalu

If you wanted to you could participate in all the activities offered at Finca El Yalu in one day. But I was traveling with kids and with them it is always nice to have a place where they can rest between activities. You don’t want them to be tired, cranky and not enjoying the activities. So we decided to spend the night there. That gave us two days to do everything.

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Finca El Yalu offers four cabins that can house up to 11 people. Each has a private bathroom and a balcony.

When we visited in summer 205, the price per night for 9 to 11 people in one cabin:

Weekend rates: $60 per night
Weekday rates: $50 per night

Activities Included in the Price of Admission

You do not have to be staying on site to participate in the many activities. If you don’t stay here you have to pay $5 per person to get in.

  • Admission to the full farm – The place is huge, just walking around is such a fun experience.
  • Play area for kids – There’s a large playground with a trampoline.
  • Futbol field – Because my 10-year-old wants to be the next goalie for the World Cup, he spent a lot of
    time practicing.
  • Cows – The actual milking and dairy farm experience is one of the tours but you can also enjoy
    hanging out with the cows.
  • Fishing – This is also a tour but why not just hang out by the pond?

Tours to Experience While Visiting Yalu

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Canopy Tours – We have traveled a lot and during those trips we have done tons of canopy/zipline tours. So don’t take it lightly when I say that this canopy tour for 8 years old and up is the best we have done.

Before you get to the first platform you go through coffee plantations. This path is beautiful and offers amazing views. The ziplines are also long and give you the full adrenaline injection you need. Plus they have quality equipment.

They also have an option for kids younger than 8 years called Kool (check out the video for more info about it). My 5-year-old did this tour two times and loved it.

Rock Climbing – My husband and both sons love climbing so this was a treat for them. The wall here is one of the best in Guatemala and the equipment is first class. There are three different routes for different levels. So it doesn’t matter if you have experience or not, this is a great place for climbing.

Dairy Farm tour – I must say that this was one of my favorite activities here. It is very different from other tours I have done. I felt like a kid milking the cows and loved being able to drink it right afterward. There is also a section where you can bottle-feed the baby calves.

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Blackberry (Mora) Picking Tour – A huge blackberry field is part of the farm. In here you get to pick the biggest and juiciest to take home.

NOTE: Don’t forget to try the mora drink. They make it and it is always fresh and tasty.

Fishing – This is the main reason why we visited the place. Both of my boys loved this. They allow you to keep your fish and eat it later or catch and release, which is what we did.

Horse Back Riding – We didn’t have the time to do this tour. But I really wanted to. it sounds like a great way to get around the farm and see it all.

Coffee Tour – For this adventure my boys gave me instructions. I was only allowed to choose one, either the coffee tour or blackberry tour. That is because they wanted more time to play and less time going on tours. So I picked the mora tour; I have done tons of coffee tours before.

Mountain Biking – I’m not a mountain biker and I have a 5-year-old. So we decided to leave this one for the future, when my boys are old enough to do this on their own.

Tour Packages

You save up to 40% if you do a package instead of paying for individual tours.

Blue Package – Traditional Tours Package:

  • Canopy tour
  • Coffee Tour
  • 1 Coffee Bag
  • 1 activity of your choice

Red Package – Extreme Tours Package:

  • Canopy
  • Rock Climbing
  • Horse Riding
  • Trout Fishing
  • La Ruta del Yalu – T-shirt

Green Package – Adventure Tour Package:

  • Horse Riding
  • Trout Fishing
  • Dairy Farm and Milking
  • Coffee Tour
  • Blackberry Tour
  • 1 Coffee Bag
  • 1 Jar of Blackberry Jelly

Yellow Package – Kids Tours Package

  • Children Canopy
  • Dairy Farm and Milking
  • Trout Fishing
  • Blackberry Tour
  • 1 Small Jar of Blackberry Jelly
  • La Ruta del Yalu T-shirt

Dining at Yalu

Doing all of those activities really made us hungry. It is a good thing because food here is delicious, simple, typical farmer style and oh-so good. NOTE: Most of the meals should be discussed at the information office, not with the kitchen staff.

Lunch Time – There is a menu for you to choose from. It includes anything from hamburgers to nachos and chicken. But order before you are too hungry. It takes about 30 minutes for the food to be ready.

Dinner Time – This time you only get two options, a vegetarian and one for meat eaters. The dish includes meat or eggs, beans, plantains, cheese and chirmol (salsa). It is served at around 7pm.

Breakfast Time – You order the night before. It includes the same options as dinner.

Information about Finca El Yalu

I would definitely recommend making reservations if you are going to stay here, however if you are only coming for the day there shouldn’t be a problem if you simply arrange it all once you arrive.