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Horseback riding tour Quetzaltenango

Horseback riding

The perfect way to discover the beautiful countryside of Quetzaltenango and its surroundings, is from a horseback. Enjoy the majestic views of the entire Quetzaltenango valley and its neighboring volcano Santa Maria, the corn fields and small indigenous villages.
Itinerary
The tour starts on a 20-minute walk from the city center and takes about 2,5 hours. The tour is led by a very experienced guide. On request, an English speaking guide can join the tour too. The horses are used to inexperienced riders too, so either beginners or advanced riders can join the tour.

Where & when: Quetzaltenango, anytime between 8am and 2pm.
Includes: Tour on a horse, local guide
What to bring: Water, camera, comfortable pants and shoes (no flip flops or sandals)

Santa Maria volcano - Quetzaltenango

Santa Maria

The Santa Maria volcano is a perfect shaped volcano, located close to the city of Quetzaltenango. Climbing this giant is a challenge, but it will definitely be worth it! From the top, you will have an unforgettable view on the other volcanoes in Guatemala. And the best of all; on the side of Santa Maria lies the active volcano Santiaguito. This volcano erupts about every hour or so with a huge cloud of ash and steam. From the top of the Santa Maria volcano, you have a perfect view on Santiaguitos crater below and its eruptions.
Itinerary
From Quetzaltenango it´s a 30-minute drive to the starting point. The climb to the summit takes about 4 hours. This is a difficult hike, so you need to be fit for this one. Experience is not required. On the top you will enjoy the views, and take a 3-hour walk back down.

Where & when: Quetzaltenango, 5:00am (or at 11.45PM for the full moon hikes)
Difficulty: Difficult
Altitude: 3772 m / 12,375 ft above sealevel
Includes: transportation round trip, guide.
What to bring: good hiking shoes, 2 liters of water, snacks, camera, sun screen, hat, sun glasses
Extra options: Full Moon hike (at night)

Lookout point Santiaguito - Quetzaltenango

Mirador Santiaguito

The Santiaguito volcano was created after an eruption of the Santa Maria volcano in 1902, and its crater lies about a mile beneath the Santa Maria summit. The Santiaguito volcano is active ever since, having erupting of ash, steam and lava about every hour or so. We will take you to a lookout point, which lies about halfway up the Santa Maria volcano, which is a 2-hour walk. From where you will have a safe but very unique experience of watching these eruptions from a quite close distance. A real adventure!
Itinerary
From Quetzaltenango it´s a 30-minute drive to the starting point. You will reach our lookout point about 2 hours later, where you can observe the volcanic activity for about an hour. Then you will walk about an hour to return to the starting point, from where you will be brought to Quetzaltenango again.

Where & when: Quetzaltenango, 5:00am
Difficulty: Moderate
Altitude: 2,500m
Includes: Transportation round trip, guide.
What to bring: good hiking shoes, 2 liters of water, snacks, camera, sun screen, hat, sun glasses

Volcano Tajumulco - Quetzaltenango

Tajumulco

Volcano Tajamulco is the highest volcano in Guatemala and Central America. It has two peaks, the highest on 4,220 meters (13,845 ft. The volcano is not active, and can be climbed in a 2-day trip from the city of Quetzaltenango. From the summit, Tajumulco offers breathtaking views on the Cuchumatanes mountain chain, including all volcanoes and mountains from Mexico, throughout Guatemala. The trip goes mainly through the fields and pinewoods, where we will also have our base camp to spend the night.
Itinerary
On the first day, you meet early morning before departure to prepare the equipment. You leave for the village of Crucero Tajumulco, where you start the hike around 10:30AM. You start through cornfields, but also pass rocky trails and woody areas. On the way you will stop for lunch, and arrive at base camp around 4:30PM. After arrival, you will climb to the summit to see the sunset. Returning at the base camp, dinner will be served and you can rest for an early morning.
Day two starts at 5:00AM, when you will hike to the summit again, this time for an amazing sunrise, with unforgettable views. Then you will go back to base camp to pack the equipment, and make the return trip to Quetzaltenango, where you arrive around noon.

Where & when: Quetzaltenango, 5:00am
Difficulty: Difficult
Altitude: 4,220 m / 13,845 ft above sea level
Includes: transportation, guide, equipment, 3 meals.
What to bring: clothes for cold, good hiking shoes, 2 liters of water, snacks, camera, sun screen, sun glasses
Extra options: 1 day excursion (moderate level, no heavy equipment)

Chicabal volcano - Quetzaltenango

Chicabal

If you are interested in an intermediate hike with a cultural and spiritual touch, then volcano Laguna de Chicabal is the perfect choice for you. The volcano is located on 45 minutes from Quetzaltenango. Laguna de Chicabal is considered as a very sacred and spiritually important place, where Mayan priests perform traditional ceremonies on the shore of the crater lake.
Itinerary
From Quetzaltenango it´s a 60-minute drive to the starting point. You start the hike, which takes around 2,5 hours, to the shore of the crater lake. The last part you have to descend stairs to get there. You will enjoy the nature and calmness for about an hour, and walk back in about another hour. You will be back in Quetzaltenango around 1:00PM.

Where & when: Quetzaltenango, 6:00am
Difficulty: Intermediate
Altitude: 2,712 m / 8,898 ft above sea level
Includes: transportation round trip, entrance fee, guide.
What to bring: good hiking shoes, 2 liters of water, snacks, camera, sun screen, hat, sun glasses

Trek from Xela to Lake Atitlan

Trek Xela - lake Atitlan

This a three day trek, walking from Quetzaltenango to San Pedro la Laguna on Lake Atitlán, the most beautiful lake in Guatemala. This is a great opportunity if you want to off the beaten track and into Guatemala’s nature, enjoying scenic views on the way. We offer you a unique experience with excellent bilingual guides, and with the opportunity to spend the night with an indigenous family.
Itinerary
On day one, you leave for Cantel, where the hike starts. You start with an ascent to the highest point of the hike, at an altitude of almost 3000 meters / 10,000ft. From there, you will walk through a beautiful landscape, varying in ascends and descents. You spend the night with a local indigenous family. Day two is the hardest day of the journey. There are some steep and slippery parts. The destination for today is Santa Clara la Laguna, where we will spend the night with a local indigenous family again.
On day three, we start with watching the sunrise from a viewpoint with breathtaking views over the lake and its surroundings. Then we start the descent to reach Lake Atitlan, where we will have the opportunity to swim in the crystal clear water. The trip ends in San Pedro la Laguna. Arrival will be around noon.

Where & when: Quetzaltenango, 6:00am (until noon of day 3)
Difficulty: Difficult
Altitude: varying
Includes: 6 meals, purified water, sleeping bags, mattresses, tents, transportation to the starting point, guide(s), entrance fee.
What to bring: a backpack of at least 50+10 liters, suitable clothing, extra socks, towel, sun block, insect repellent, camera (with batteries and memory), hat or cap for the sun, rain or wind jacket, snacks, flashlight.
Extras: Also possible to start at Lake Atitlan (San Juan La Laguna), ending up at Fuentes Georginas for a relaxing hot sulfur bath, with transportation to Quetzaltenango.

Pacaya volcano - Antigua

Pacaya

Climbing the Pacaya volcano is one of the best experiences you can get in Guatemala. Pacaya is one of the three active volcanoes in Guatemala, and the most suitable one to climb. Once reached the foot of the crater, you can see several surrounding volcanoes. As the volcano is active, you constantly feel the heat, and smell the sulfur, coming through the porous lava stone. Some spots are so warm, you can even toast your own marshmallows or sausages!
Itinerary
The tour leaves from Antigua in the morning or afternoon, on a 60-minute drive. From there, you walk up for about 2,5 hours through forest, with beautiful views on the volcano and the Guatemala City urban area. Once arrived at the summit area, we walk to the area closer to the crater, with the places where you can admire the volcanic activity.

Where & when: Antigua, at 6am or 2pm.
Difficulty: Intermediate
Altitude: 2550 m / 8366 ft above sea level
Includes: transportation round trip, guide
What to bring: good hiking shoes, water, camera, wind or rain jacket.
Extras: going up by horse which can be rented at the starting point for an extra fee

Zip lining along Lake Atitlan

Canopy Atitlan

If you want to enjoy the most spectacular view on Lake Atitlan, flying along 11 different zip lines, then this is a must-do for you! The flights take you over the nature reserve with its canyons, waterfalls and forests, both enjoying the hikes through the reserve, as the amazing panoramic views over the lake. Safety and attention to clients are taken very serious, and the guides are very experienced. The longest zip line has a length of 320 meters, and the maximum altitude is 60 meters. The tour includes instruction, and a certificate at the end. This all makes this trip unforgettable!

Where & when: Panajachel or other villages around the lake
Tour duration: aprx. 2 hours
What to bring: camera, insect repellent
Includes: Instruction, 11 zip lines, certificate

Bike tour along Lake Atitlan

Bike tour Atitlan

Lake Atitlan might be the perfect destination for bike tours. The climate is pleasant, the roads are in quite good conditions, and of course, the panoramic views on Lake Atitlan always in sight! For these tours we work with mountain bikes with several accelerations, so that´s very enjoyable when the road goes uphill. The villages where we go are indigenous, and definitely worth a visit with their colorful indigenous people, market places and buildings.
Itinerary
There are different routes available with varying characteristics and difficulties. All tours lead through the fields and villages along Lake Atitlan and take 5-6 hours. Ask us for the route descriptions!

Where & when: Panajachel, at 9:00am
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Includes: bikes, helmets, guide.

Volcano San Pedro - Lake Atitlan

San Pedro volcano

This volcano is located on the shores of Lake Atitlan. The volcano area is considered as a national park, and the hike takes you through coffee and avocado plantation and pine forest. The volcano has a perfectly shaped cone, which makes it quite easy to make your way, although the way up is quite steep. The view from the top is unique of course, with a breathtaking view on Lake Atitlan and its surrounding villages.
Itinerary
The hike starts in San Pedro. From there, you´re brought to the skirts of the volcano to start walking. We will walk up for about 3 hours, enjoy the view, and descent in about 2 hours.

Where & when: San Pedro (or other villages), at 7:00am
Difficulty: Difficult
Altitude: 3020 m / 9908 ft above sea level
Includes: transportation round trip, guide, entrance fee
What to bring: good hiking shoes, water, camera, wind or rain jacket.