Overview

Trek Guatemala

This trekking-based journey across Guatemala’s “Ring of Fire” begins and ends with two impressive volcano ascents, linked by a dramatic overland route from Spanish-Colonial Antigua to the stunning waters of Lake Atitlan. This is a multi-day trekking journey, across a wide variety of climates and including high altitude, challenging days, and camping. But it is also a well-supported trek, with a strong cultural component, as you hike trails used by farmers, visiting and studying their coffee plantations along the way, and enrich yourself with the incredible tapestry of Guatemalan cultures and in romantic towns and cities we pass through, like Antigua and Xela. No technical skills are needed on the volcanoes. An undoubted highlight is sleeping on the side of 10,000ft Acatanango as the lava flows of nearby Fuego Volcano come alive, while our finish at Tajamulco, Central America’s highest point, offers views of multiple countries.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore Guatemala on foot
  • Trek between remote Mayan villages
  • Climb up highest mountain in Central America at 13,845 ft
  • Visit UNESCO world heritage city, Antigua

Trip Summary

Days
12
Price
$3895
Activity Level
Moderate
Trip Type
Trek
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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Guatemala City, Transfer to Antigua

Arrival, meet your fellow trekkers, and private airport transfer to Antigua, the tranquil and historic capital of Guatemala tourism

Difficulty: Easy
Day 2
Antigua

Break in your walking shoes with a morning guided walking tour of the old colonial houses and cobblestone alleys of this UNESCO World Heritage city, Antigua.

Day 3
Acatanango Volcano

Immerse yourself in the mountains today, with a private transfer to Acatenango volcano and an acclimatizing hike through four distinct microclimates, sharing trails with local farmers as you pass their corn, lily, and pea fields, emerging in old-growth tropical cloud forest filled with birds, including the legendary Quetzal.

Day 4
Summit Acatanango Volcano

After breakfast, the short but steep climb to the chilly summit of Acatenango, scrambling up a trail of gravel scree to views that stretch all the way to Mexico

Difficulty: Moderate
Day 5
San Andres Itzapa- Terra Camp

After breakfast a transfer to the first trailhead, with a stop en route to admire a popular shrine to a Mayan deity known as “San Simon.”

Day 6
Peaks and Valleys to Fuego Camp

The trek passes through a protected natural area and descends more than 3,000 feet through forest and farm fields to enter the La Vega valley.

Day 7
Mayan Village Exploration

Today is the highest point of the trek--working your way up through terraced fields, you have the chance to have organic local interactions and learn the traditional agriculture of the Mayans.

Day 8
Coffee Farms and Lake Atitlan

The final leg of your cross-country hike is a descent to the La Madre Vieja valley, where a river winds through small villages and patchwork fields. In the valley you visit with growers of elite, small-batch coffees, and test-drive their invigorating brew.

Day 9
Xela (Quetzaltenango)

After breakfast, private transport will take you to Xela, the easygoing second biggest city of Guatemala.
Located at over 7,000ft, Xela is a cool break spot for a day of exploration, markets, and recuperating in this most livable part of Guatemala

Day 10
Tajamulco Volcano

The longest walking day on your trip starts with an early departure and 3 hr transfer to the town of Tuichan, located near the Mexican border and, at more than 9,000ft, merely a starting point for the summit of Tajumulco, the highest point in all Central America.

Day 11
Tajamulco descent, transfer to Guatemala City

After a night at our beautiful camp spot 13,000ft on Tajamuco, we spend the morning descending and then drive back to Guatemala City, stopping for a final lunch with our guides to conclude this great adventure.

Day 12
Guatemala City

Departure for airport for international flight home.

Dates & Pricing

2020

Start
End
Double Occupancy
  • Feb 8
    Feb 20
    $3895 USD
  • Mar 7
    Mar 19
    $3895 USD

2021

Start
End
Double Occupancy
  • Nov 13
    Nov 25
    $3895 USD

Above Costs Include:

  • All international and domestic airport transfers as per the program by private vehicle
  • Private vehicle transfers to trailheads and elsewhere in-country
  • Accommodation for hotels as per the program and breakfasts while at the hotel
  • All parks and entrance fees
  • Accommodation, meals, insurance, equipment, transportation and allowances of guides.

Cost Does Not Include:

  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • International airfare
  • Bottled drinks (mineral water, any cold drinks, and alcoholic drinks)
  • Your travel insurance and overseas medical insurance coverage
  • Expenses of personal nature such as tips for guide, porter and driver, laundry, bar bill, telephone calls etc.
  • Liability for expenses against sickness, flight cancellation, road blockage, accidents and other occurrence beyond our control
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