Hikes near Quetzaltenango

Rock Climbing

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Description:
In the sport of rock climbing experience is an important factor for the security of the climbers. We have more than 20 years of experience. Our packages include climbing many well-known and established routes, as well as the possibility to climb our own routes. The area where we climb is one of the walls of the Volcano Cerro Quemado, a very impressive spot. Come and get your adrenaline pumping!

From november to april also possible in the afternoon*

INFORMATION:

Availability:

Daily

Departure times:

07:00 Hrs / 14:00 Hrs

Duration:

3.30 hours

Departure point:

Your hotel / adress in Quetzaltenango

Price:

40 USD p.p. minimum 2 people

Included:

Helmet, harness, rope, shoes, professional guide, transport round trip desde Quetzaltenango

Not included:

Snacks, water, tips to the guide

What to bring:

Snacks, water, rain or wind jacket

  • Chicabal hike

    $40.00

    Desciption:
    Visit a mystical lake in the crater of a volcano which up to day is used by Mayan people to perform their sacred rituals. The majority of them are inhabitants on San Martín Sacatepéquez and belong to one of the 23 Mam groups in Guatemala. The Mam are modern Mayan people who live in southwestern Guatemala and parts of southern Mexico. At least 500.00 Mam live in Guatemala. For them, Laguna Chicabal is a sacred and miraculous place – the mystic perception becoming even more convincing because of its shape and the fog that shrouds the volcano. Maya priests perform traditional ceremonies on the shore using candles, flowers and holy crosses. The guide joining you at this unique tour will be a local from Quetzaltenango, or even a local guide from the Chicabal lagoon, and will explain all there is to know about Mayan religion, Mayan culture, and the local plants and animals.

    IMPORTANT DATES FOR MAM PEOPLE: May 3rd and 40 days after holy week of Easter.
    You can also camp at the lake between October and May; after and before the rain season
    INCLUDED IN CASE OF CAMPING: All equipment: tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, food

    INFORMATION:

    Availability:

    Daily

    Departure times:

    05:00 Hrs

    Duration:

    8 hours

    Departure point:

    Your hotel / adress in Quetzaltenango

    Price:

    40 USD p.p. minimum 2 people

    Included:

    Private transportation local guide, private transportation from and to Quetzaltenango.

    Not included:

    Food, water and tips for the guide

    What to bring:

    Hiking boots, long trousers, wind or rain jacket, sunscreen, sunglasses, camera, binoculars, personal items and at least 2 liters of water

Santa Maria volcano

Description:
Santa María Volcano is a large active volcano at 3,772 m (12,375 ft) in the western highlands of Guatemala, in the Quetzaltenango Department near the city of Quetzaltenango.
The volcano was known as Gagxanul in the local K’iche’ language, before the 16th century Spanish Conquest of the region
It takes a difficult 4 hours to hike up and nearly the same time to come down . You will enjoy a look into the active volcano next door called Santiaguito !
Meet your guide before dawn prepared for a challenging half-day trek to the top of the Santa María Volcano. Take a short drive to the base of the volcano which is situated next to the small village of Llanos del Pinal. Embark on an early morning hike to reach the top of the fourth highest volcano on Guatemala, accompanied by your friendly and informative guide.

Reach the summit and enjoy the breathtaking view from the top of the Santa María. See numerous other volcanoes such as Tacana, Tajumulco, Chicabal, Lacandón, the volcanoes around Lake Atitlan as well as the volcanoes Acatenango, Fuego and Agua. This trek is especially popular because the top of the Santa Maria Volcano gives a perfect view down on the crater of the Santiaguito Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. The Santiaguito is the security valve of the bigger Santa Maria and is in constant eruption.

Return to Quetzaltenango after hiking back down the volcano. For a personalized experience, this tour operates in a small-group of no more than 10 people.

Ask also for our full moon or overnight hike*

INFORMATION:

Availability:

Daily

Departure times:

05:00 Hrs

Duration:

9 hours

Departure point:

Your hotel / adress in Quetzaltenango

Price:

40 USD p.p. minimum 2 people

Included:

Private transport one way in the morning, public transport to return, guide

Not included:

Food, water and tips for the guide

What to bring:

Snacks, water

  • Santa Maria volcano

    $40.00

    Description:
    Santa María Volcano is a large active volcano at 3,772 m (12,375 ft) in the western highlands of Guatemala, in the Quetzaltenango Department near the city of Quetzaltenango.
    The volcano was known as Gagxanul in the local K’iche’ language, before the 16th century Spanish Conquest of the region
    It takes a difficult 4 hours to hike up and nearly the same time to come down . You will enjoy a look into the active volcano next door called Santiaguito !

    Ask also for our full moon or overnight hike*

    INFORMATION:

    Availability:

    Daily

    Departure times:

    05:00 Hrs

    Duration:

    8 hours

    Departure point:

    Your hotel / adress in Quetzaltenango

    Price:

    40 USD p.p. minimum 2 people

    Included:

    Private transport one way in the morning, public transport to return, guide

    Not included:

    Food, water and tips for the guide

    What to bring:

    Snacks, water

Look out of Santiaguito hike

Desciption:
Experience spectacular views of Santiaguito — one of the world’s most active volcanoes — on a half-day trekking adventure from Quetzaltenango. Alongside your guide, you’ll embark on a moderately steep hike that soon transforms into flat terrain replete with diverse flora and fauna. On arrival at an ideal vantage point, you’ll be rewarded with views of the Santiaguito volcano erupting. Marvel as molten lava and billowing smoke explode from the volcanic crater to form an incredible spectacle. On this small-group tour, limited to 10 people, you’ll receive personalized attention.

This hike gives you the opportunity to see the beautiful Guatemalan landscape, and the eruptions of one of the most dangerous volcanos in the world, while not being overly strenuous. You will have the chance to see different types of plants and flowers. The first part of the hike is a bit steep, with some rocks as obstacles, but when looking over your shoulder, you can see breath-taking views of Quetzaltenango in the early morning.

Halfway, the road becomes more flat and easy, which gives you the opportunity to take some beautiful pictures of the landscape. You can see Santa Maria in front of you; this view gives you the feeling of being overwhelmed by the sheer size of the mountain. When walking further, you can see some of the different mountains Guatemala has, and there is the possibility that you will pass locals with horses who are going to the city.

Once you reach the view point, there is a chance that you will need to wait for a few minutes to see a eruption, but it’s worth the wait. Every eruption of the volcano is different and one is more spectacular than the next. Your guide has a lot of knowledge about the country and can tell you a lot about the area.

INFORMATION:

Availability:

Daily

Departure times:

05:00 Hrs

Duration:

5 hours

Departure point:

Your hotel / adress in Quetzaltenango

Price:

40 USD p.p. minimum 2 people

Included:

Private transport one way in the morning, public transport to return, guide and entrance fees

Not included:

Food, water and tips for the guide

What to bring:

Snacks, water

  • Look out of Santiaguito hike

    $40.00

    Desciption:
    Experience spectacular views of Santiaguito — one of the world’s most active volcanoes — on a half-day trekking adventure from Quetzaltenango. Alongside your guide, you’ll embark on a moderately steep hike that soon transforms into flat terrain replete with diverse flora and fauna. On arrival at an ideal vantage point, you’ll be rewarded with views of the Santiaguito volcano erupting. Marvel as molten lava and billowing smoke explode from the volcanic crater to form an incredible spectacle. On this small-group tour, limited to 10 people, you’ll receive personalized attention.

    INFORMATION:

    Availability:

    Daily

    Departure times:

    05:00 Hrs

    Duration:

    5 hours

    Departure point:

    Your hotel / adress in Quetzaltenango

    Price:

    40 USD p.p. minimum 2 people

    Included:

    Private transport one way in the morning, public transport to return, guide and entrance fees

    Not included:

    Food, water and tips for the guide

    What to bring:

    Snacks, water

Chicabal hike

Desciption:
Visit a mystical lake in the crater of a volcano which up to day is used by Mayan people to perform their sacred rituals. The majority of them are inhabitants on San Martín Sacatepéquez and belong to one of the 23 Mam groups in Guatemala. The Mam are modern Mayan people who live in southwestern Guatemala and parts of southern Mexico. At least 500.00 Mam live in Guatemala. For them, Laguna Chicabal is a sacred and miraculous place – the mystic perception becoming even more convincing because of its shape and the fog that shrouds the volcano. Maya priests perform traditional ceremonies on the shore using candles, flowers and holy crosses. The guide joining you at this unique tour will be a local from Quetzaltenango, or even a local guide from the Chicabal lagoon, and will explain all there is to know about Mayan religion, Mayan culture, and the local plants and animals.
Journey along the natural paths of the volcano and see over 40-Mayan altars that were used in ceremonial services. Learn about the Mayan calendar and its importance to this ancient culture. Wander down the paths and see the incredible and diverse variety of birds that make their home in the cloudy forests of the volcano and Laguna de Chicabal.

The Laguna (lake) was formed in a crater of the volcano and has crystal blue waters. Volcán Chicabal is a well-known tourist destination in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. The volcano has a unique crater lake inside of its summit cone with a surface altitude of 8,898 feet. On clear mornings it is possible to see the major volcanoes of northwestern Guatemala as well as the Pacific coast. The crater rim and volcanic cone are covered in a lush cloud forest, and the lower slopes of the volcano are used for agricultural purposes by the locals. This easy day-hike provides a perfect mix of tranquility, culture, and natural beauty.

On this 5-hour tour you will go from the base of the volcano, all the way to the top. There you will find an impressive view onto the lagoon. From the top, the guide will lead you down the stairs to the lagoon itself. Lots of times, locals will be praying when you arrive. You will get to know the 20 altars around the lagoon. After a whole tour around it, you will get up to the crater again, greeting the locals who will be going to the lagoon. After climbing up again, you will go back down to the base.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR MAM PEOPLE: May 3rd and 40 days after holy week of Easter.
You can also camp at the lake between October and May; after and before the rain season
INCLUDED IN CASE OF CAMPING: All equipment: tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, food

INFORMATION:

Availability:

Daily

Departure times:

05:00 Hrs

Duration:

7 hours

Departure point:

Your hotel / adress in Quetzaltenango

Price:

40 USD p.p. minimum 2 people

Included:

Private transportation local guide, private transportation from and to Quetzaltenango.

Not included:

Food, water and tips for the guide

What to bring:

Hiking boots, long trousers, wind or rain jacket, sunscreen, sunglasses, camera, binoculars, personal items and at least 2 liters of water

  • Chicabal hike

    $40.00

    Desciption:
    Visit a mystical lake in the crater of a volcano which up to day is used by Mayan people to perform their sacred rituals. The majority of them are inhabitants on San Martín Sacatepéquez and belong to one of the 23 Mam groups in Guatemala. The Mam are modern Mayan people who live in southwestern Guatemala and parts of southern Mexico. At least 500.00 Mam live in Guatemala. For them, Laguna Chicabal is a sacred and miraculous place – the mystic perception becoming even more convincing because of its shape and the fog that shrouds the volcano. Maya priests perform traditional ceremonies on the shore using candles, flowers and holy crosses. The guide joining you at this unique tour will be a local from Quetzaltenango, or even a local guide from the Chicabal lagoon, and will explain all there is to know about Mayan religion, Mayan culture, and the local plants and animals.

    IMPORTANT DATES FOR MAM PEOPLE: May 3rd and 40 days after holy week of Easter.
    You can also camp at the lake between October and May; after and before the rain season
    INCLUDED IN CASE OF CAMPING: All equipment: tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, food

    INFORMATION:

    Availability:

    Daily

    Departure times:

    05:00 Hrs

    Duration:

    8 hours

    Departure point:

    Your hotel / adress in Quetzaltenango

    Price:

    40 USD p.p. minimum 2 people

    Included:

    Private transportation local guide, private transportation from and to Quetzaltenango.

    Not included:

    Food, water and tips for the guide

    What to bring:

    Hiking boots, long trousers, wind or rain jacket, sunscreen, sunglasses, camera, binoculars, personal items and at least 2 liters of water

Cerro Quemado hike

Desciption:
3192 meters (Cerro Quemado)
CANDELARIA VOLCANO HIKE (inactive volcano)
ALTITUDE 3192 meters

Hike this amazing volcano which top is formed of dry lava and enjoy a spectacular view of the Quetzaltenango Valley. This volcano is part of an inactive volcanic dome and is covered in pine and cypress trees growing out of the dry lava. The peak is called Candelaria but is also known as “Cerro Quemado”, which means burned hill. Climbing this volcano will give you a perfect understanding why. Join us on this extraordinary hike over dry lava!

Also rock climbing available*

INFORMATION:

Availability:

Daily

Departure times:

05:00 Hrs

Duration:

8 hours

Departure point:

Your hotel / adress in Quetzaltenango

Price:

40 USD p.p. minimum 2 people

Included:

Private transportation, guide and breakfast.

Not included:

Food, water and tips for the guide

What to bring:

Hiking boots, long trousers, wind or rain jacket, sunscreen, sunglasses, camera, binoculars, personal items and at least 2 liters of water

  • Cerro Quemado volcano

    $40.00

    Desciption:
    3192 meters (Cerro Quemado)
    CANDELARIA VOLCANO HIKE (inactive volcano)
    ALTITUDE 3192 meters

    Hike this amazing volcano which top is formed of dry lava and enjoy a spectacular view of the Quetzaltenango Valley. This volcano is part of an inactive volcanic dome and is covered in pine and cypress trees growing out of the dry lava. The peak is called Candelaria but is also known as “Cerro Quemado”, which means burned hill. Climbing this volcano will give you a perfect understanding why. Join us on this extraordinary hike over dry lava!

    ALSO ROCK CLIMBING AVAILABLE*

    INFORMATION:

    Availability:

    Daily

    Departure times:

    05:00 Hrs

    Duration:

    8 hours

    Departure point:

    Your hotel / adress in Quetzaltenango

    Price:

    40 USD p.p. minimum 2 people

    Included:

    Private transportation, guide and breakfast.

    Not included:

    Food, water and tips for the guide

    What to bring:

    Hiking boots, long trousers, wind or rain jacket, sunscreen, sunglasses, camera, binoculars, personal items and at least 2 liters of water

Out of Quetzaltenango ?

the highest volcano in CentralAmerica

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Description:
Volcán Tajumulco is a large stratovolcano in the department of San Marcos in western Guatemala. It is the highest mountain in Central America at 4,202 metres (13,786 ft). It is part of the mountain range of the Sierra Madre de Chiapas, which begins in Mexico’s southernmost state of Chiapas.
Take you adrenaline and adventure to a new level by taking on Central America’s tallest volcano and experiencing stunning views all along the way.

Ask also for our ONE day trip to this volcano !

 

INFORMATION:

Availability:

Daily

Departure times:

06:00 Hrs

Duration:

2 days

Departure point:

Hotel / address in Quetzaltenango or San Marcos

Price:

99 USD p.p. (minimum 2 personas)

Included:

Collective transfer from xela to tajumulco Round trip / camping equipment / 3 x meals ( lunch & dinner day 1 , breakfast day 2 ) / Guide / Entrance fees / water (2 lts per person)

Not included:

Sherpas (porters) / back pack (minimum 50 lt + 15 lt ) / breakfast first day / drinks other than water , te or coffee

What to bring:

Backpack / hiking boots / warm clothing / rain jacket (may – November) / snacks / hat and gloves (it can be cold on the top specially December to March) / flashlight / sun cream

  • Tajumulco hike 2 days

    $99.00

    Description:
    Volcán Tajumulco is a large stratovolcano in the department of San Marcos in western Guatemala. It is the highest mountain in Central America at 4,202 metres (13,786 ft). It is part of the mountain range of the Sierra Madre de Chiapas, which begins in Mexico’s southernmost state of Chiapas.
    Take you adrenaline and adventure to a new level by taking on Central America’s tallest volcano and experiencing stunning views all along the way.

    Ask also for our ONE day trip to this volcano !

     

    INFORMATION:

    Availability:

    Daily

    Departure times:

    06:00 Hrs

    Duration:

    2 days

    Departure point:

    Hotel / address in Quetzaltenango or San Marcos

    Price:

    99 USD p.p. (minimum 2 personas)

    Included:

    Collective transfer from xela to tajumulco Round trip / camping equipment / 3 x meals ( lunch & dinner day 1 , breakfast day 2 ) / Guide / Entrance fees / water (2 lts per person)

    Not included:

    Sherpas (porters) / back pack (minimum 50 lt + 15 lt ) / breakfast first day / drinks other than water , te or coffee

    What to bring:

    Backpack / hiking boots / warm clothing / rain jacket (may – November) / snacks / hat and gloves (it can be cold on the top specially December to March) / flashlight / sun cream