Camping choices in Guatemala aren’t easy to find, especially if you’re looking for luxury camping. But when your family is insisting on a camping experience, what’s a traveling mom to do? After a lot of research, I found a place where my family and I discovered that camping can be a fun family friendly adventure. Read on to learn about our experiences camping in Guatemala City in Green Rush.
Lately all my oldest son does is to ask to go camping. Sounds like a simple request, but we live in Guatemala and safety can be a issue.
So I started researching for a place that didn’t require lots of long hours of driving. And of course it would have to be safe, with the right amenities. One place kept popping up.
It is called Green Rush. You actually start your camping adventure in Guatemala City. From there, they transport you to the actual camping site. It is not too far away and within the confines of the city.
I was able to reach Henry, the owner, and he made me feel like we were about to visit a very special place. But I had no idea of what was waiting for us.
How to Experience Green Rush to the Fullest
Green Rush is located on the 24th Kilometer of Carretera El Salvador. When you get to the entrance of the property you still have to go down a little hill and you will have to park your car. From here, the adventure starts!
1. Jeep Pick-Up – You would wreck your car if you try to get it to the area where all of the hiking, activities and camping happens. So they take you there in one of their two jeeps. It feels like you’re going on an expedition.
2. Hiking trails – The whole park has more than 10 kilometers of trails that you can explore. You will find tons of smaller attractions and things to see along the way, including these:
a) Relax Deck – With amazing views and hammocks.
b)Deer Sanctuary – A huge enclosure where you get to see deer in their natural habitat.
c) Waterfalls – This is a bit of a longer walk but it is definitely a trip worth making.
3. Horseback riding – I have done tons of different horse tours all over Central America. And I have seen tons of horses. I can safely say these have to be the best yet! They are treated very well.
I recommend taking one of these tours. With so many trails, it is easier and a lot of fun to do the trail on horse.
4. Canopy – This is amazing for young kids. My five year old boy said it was his favorite activity and wanted to do it over and over again. The zip-line is over 350 meters long.
5. Archery – Yes, that’s correct! They have a shooting range away from the trails. This is an activity I never thought of before but we discovered it can be really fun.
6. Camping – My favorite thing about it was being able to spend the night. But what really got me excited is that they offer luxury tents for people like me who don’t enjoy camping. They are similar to the luxury Africa safari tents with king sized bed and a private bathroom.
However my boy wasn’t up for this kind of camping. He wanted to stay outside in a real tent. Luckily our luxury tent came with a large porch, big enough for a tent where my boys could spend the night safely, next to us, but still experiencing real camping.
7. Bonfire fun – This truly made our camping experience come to life. The people that stay at the tents get to hang out at an outdoor lounge area. This gorgeous ritual started with hor d’oeuvres and beer and drinks for adults. For kids they have marshmallows and hot dogs.
The kids can go out and help gather the wood. This was by far the highlight of our night. It was a lot of fun! The best part for me was the view of the gorgeous sunset.
Recommendations for Your Visit to Green Rush
1. Camping and Activities – If you come here you can be sure that you will get an action packed day full of nature and activities. You’ll be surprised how tired you will be when the day ends. So if you are planning on coming for the full camping experience, try to arrive early, that way you can get a good, long night of sleep.
This assures that you will be fresh, rested and ready to do it all again the next day.
2. Food – When we visited, the restaurant wasn’t fully functioning yet but we were told that it would be open all day long in the next couple of months. This meant that the food options were limited and it took a lot of time to be ready. So bring snacks that you can have while you wait for the main meal. This is especially useful if you are traveling with kids.
Plus, due to how close it is from the city we were able to order Domino’s Pizza (less than 30 minutes away) and bam, it was there. I know that it is not exactly camping food, but since we barely eat this kind of stuff it was all part of the bonus fun.
This is a must visit place if you are staying in Guatemala City or Antigua.