Tourism Centers: Closings in Guatemala

After the outbreak of covid-19, the government decided that as of March 15 the Yaxhá and El Mirador national parks in Petén, and the Semuc Champey Natural Monument in Alta Verapaz would be closed to the public.

Monday, March 16, 2020

According to the provisions made by the President of the Republic of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei and inter-institutional coordination with government entities, as a measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus covid-19, the decision was made to close several tourist sites, reported the National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP).

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The statement states that they will remain closed and restrict access to national and foreign tourists to "... protected areas that have archeological sites and are directly administered by CONAP:

-Yaxhá-Nakúm-Naranjo National Park
-Mirador-Rio Azul National Park.

The official document explains that "... the Executive Secretary of CONAP, Abraham Estrada, informs us that the Board of Directors of Semuc Champey Natural Monument maintains closed and restricted access to Semuc Champey Natural Monument as of today, March 15, until further notice, derived from COVID-19 measures."

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