Naciones Unidas National Park
A green haven in the city
Location: Villa Nueva y Amatitlán
Located on the outskirts of Guatemala City, this area is one of the capital’s few remaining green areas that provide a unique space for recreation and environmental education. Overlooking the spectacular Pacaya volcano and lake Amatitlán, this park was one of the first in the country to be declared a national park.
The park was named after an initiative in the 1970s to have each United Nations member country exhibit its nature and culture; only Guatemala did it. Back then, the park was in relative decline until Defensores de la Naturaleza took over the management in 1997. Today, the remaining structures have been restored and enjoyed by visitors. According to research done in the park, we can confirm the presence of at least 111 species of birds, 11 species of mammals, 36 species of reptiles, and 5 species of amphibians.
A unique space
Here you can go on an imaginary trip through the country’s history and cultures. Walkways lead through replicas of the Mayan temples and various settings representing different towns and the country’s multicultural character.
In recent years, we have built sports facilities and now offer many outdoor activities, such as mountain biking, bicycling, and horseback riding. Corporations and other groups are welcome to organize teambuilding events at the park. Now, Naciones Unidas is one of the parks with the highest numbers of visitors in the country. We hope you too will come to visit!