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A 4d/3n journey between Antigua and Lake Atitlán. The trek is supported by comfortable safari-style tent camps, hot shower and toilet, delicious food and drink, and knowledgeable guides.
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A 4d/3n journey between two of Guatemala’s most beautiful and inspiring destinations: Antigua and Lake Atitlán. The trek is supported by comfortable safari-style tent camps, our overland “trek truck” with a hot shower and toilet, delicious food and drink, and knowledgeable guides. Along the way you’ll walk through cloud forest canopy and coffee fincas, be immersed in the sights and sounds of Guatemala’s living Mayan culture and communities, and be amazed at the kindness and warmth of its people. This amazing experience is operated by the experts: our friends at trekguatemala.com.
- Mayan shrine “San Simon”
- Cloud Forest trekking
- View of six volcanoes
- Breathtaking views
go to “itinerary” above for the day by day description
Pick up in Antigua & transfer to Terra camp
The first day begins with a 30 minute transfer from Antigua to San Andrés Itzapa, home to the Mayan deity ”San Simon”. You will be able to witness locals pay their respects. From here, a short drive will take you to the first trailhead that will take you to the first camp site. While ascending, you will be surrounded by vegetable and fruit plantations into lush Guatemalan cloud forest. You will know you are near to the camp site when you descend through thick forest until we reach a beautiful, grassy saddle between two mountain peaks. Dinner at the camp. Overnight Terra Camp.
Hiking distance: 2.6 miles/ 4.16 kms. Maximum altitude: 8,700 ft/ 2,650 mts. Difficulty/Type of terrain: Moderate/Small farms and fields, grasslands and cloud forest.
Trek through mountain peaks & fertile valleys
After breakfast, the first few hours of trekking takes you up nearly 1000ft/ 300mts as you climb into a protected area before beginning a long descent through forest and agricultural fields into the La Vega River valley, more than 3000 ft / 915 mts below. Following lunch, you’ll cross a hanging foot bridge over the river before a challenging yet spectacular 2000ft/ 600mt climb up through pine forest and local coffee farms to arrive at our Fuego Camp by late-afternoon. Upon arrival, the camp staff will meet you with warm towels to clean up and a welcome drink to calm your thirst. Dinner will be at the campfire, surrounded by panoramic views of the Fuego Volcano. Overnight Fuego Camp.
Hiking distance: 8.8 miles/ 14.6 kms. Maximum altitude: 8,671 ft/ 2,645 mts. Difficulty/Type of terrain: Challenging/Pine forests, small farms and coffee plantations
Mayan villages & volcano views
On this day, you will hike to the highest point of the trek, just over 9,040ft/ 2,755mts. Along the way, we take the opportunity to talk with local farmers tending their terraced fields and learn about traditional agricultural practices. After lunch and relaxing a bit, you will visit the local Mayan community of Chuinimachicaj to visit a women’s cooperative that specializes in traditional backstrap weaving, an ancient art practiced for centuries in Guatemala and still used to weave fabric for clothing and other household textiles. Overnight Agua Campsite.
Hiking distance: 8.46 miles/ 13.62 kms. Maximum altitude: 9,040 ft/ 2,755 mts. Difficulty/Type of terrain: Challenging/Rocky ridgeline, small farms.
Coffee farms & trek to Lake Atitlan
Breakfast at camp. The final day of the trek begins with a 2,500 ft/ 760 mt descent into the La Madre Vieja River valley that weaves through a patchwork of traditional agricultural fields and small villages. Once in the valley, you will visit a coffee finca where you will learn about the planting, harvesting and processing of small-batch specialty coffee the traditional way. You will be able to taste it in the company of the farmer’s family. After the coffee experience, you will descent through terraced fields of flowers and vegetables that will take you to San Antonio Palopó. END.
Hiking distance: 7.17 miles /11.5 kms. Maximum altitude: 8,192 ft/ 2,500 mts. Difficulty/Type of terrain: Moderate/small farms, coffee plantations, villages.