This three day hike will bring you from Quetzaltenango to San Pedro la Laguna on the lake Atitlan. It is a great experience that provides beautiful views in natural surroundings. We walk through the mountains, passing small indigenous communities on the way. We ship your luggage for free to Panajachel where you can them up at our office.
- will start this day by picking you up from your hotel or home from Xela, we go to Cantel, one of the municipalities of Quetzaltenango, situated at the altitude of about 2350 meters. Here the adventure starts. We have 3 hours of uphill hiking to go, until we reach the highest point in the hike (3100m). Here we can have our breakfast and enjoy one of the most beautiful views (in the summer and the rainy season). We can see the lake and many of volcanoes (San Pedro volcano in San Pedro la Laguna, Atitlan volcano, Toliman, Fuego, Acatenango, Agua, Santa Maria, Cerro Quemado, Tajumulco, Tacana) and many more. After this stop we have a difficult and slippery 2 and a half hour ascend. At the end we arrive at dirt road which we will continue for approximately an hour. This road is relatively horizontal, and will take us to an Altitude: of 2100 meters. It is the place where we spend the first night.
- We are going to have a difficult day today. We start with breakfast at 6.30am and begin hiking at 7.30am. We descend for 2 1/2 hours in natural surroundings, with pine trees and coffee farms. The last part of this descend is the most difficult one (30 minutes of very slippery route), and finally arrive at the Nahualate river an altitude of 1400 meters. After that we have a difficult half hour ascend will turn into much easier one, which will continue for 3 hours, to finally reach the altitude of 2100 meters. Here, we prepare and have our lunch, and after this, we we head to Santa Clara la Laguna. This part will take about 1 1/2 hours. In this village, we sleep overnight, in the house of an indigenous Quiche family.
- We get up at 5.30am to see the sunrise from the viewpoint of Santa Clara la Laguna, situated just 15 minutes from the house we stayed overnight. After see the sunrise we will go back to the house to take a breakfast and collect our luggage, and we will start the day’s descending, which will only take 3 hours. We will try to start at 8am and head to a mountain known as El Rostro Maya, situated in San Juan la Laguna. We will end the hike in San Pedro la Laguna.
Note 1: for safety matters we sleep in the house of an indigenous family. Apart of being a small economic support, we are having a good time with them as well.
Note 2: you will need 2 liters of water to start the first day. After this day, we will purify our own water with HADEX products.
Very important!! We all cooperate in carrying the luggage and food for the three days; this is why you need a big bag. 50 lbs + 10 is sufficient.
Note: If you have any medical needs, please report this before the hike starts, please notify us before the start of the hike because we bring a minimal first-aid kit
Difficulty: DIFFICULT (the hike is moderate with some difficult parts but with equipment it becomes difficult)
Your hotel / adress in Quetzaltenango
125 USD p.p. minimum 2 people
Transport from hotel to starting point, free luggage transport to Panajachel, equipment (sleeping-bags, roll mats) 2 x breakfast, 2 x lunch and 2 x dinner, water, guide , entrances
Breakfast first day, lunch thirth day, porters, tips to guides
What to bring:
wear:- good shoes, a big back pack of minimum 60+10 liters, clothes for 3 days of hiking, towel, 2 or 3 pairs of socks extra, sun block, insect repellent, a camera, a hat of cap for the sun, a rain and wind jacket, polar (fleece)