Hiking & Outdoor Adventure in Guatemala

Starting Price $2350 per person
Trip Duration 9 Days
Availibility All Year
Activity Level High level of fitness
Highlights
  • 6 Day trek through Guatemala nature and through remote villages
  • Tour Antigua
  • Navigate the Guatemalan public system as a group – an experience in it of itself!
  • Learn about the Guatemalan civil war
  • Tour a cheese farm
  • Use a temascal—a traditional Mayan sauna
  • Eat dinner with a local family
  • Beautiful sunsrise and breakfast after a morning of 87 switchbacks
  • Enjoy Altiplano, aremote mountain plateau that features striking landscapes and views
  • Take a swim in El Río Pericón
  • Spend the night at a local family’s home
  • Explore the traditional town of Todo Santos
  • Private boat trip at Lago Atit: jump off platform over 20 feet above the water too! Then, explore Panajachel for final souvenirs and shopping
  • Explore Xela
What To Expect

Starting in a 2000-year-old Mayan mountain city, we’ll walk through the remote rural villages of the Cuchumatanes mountains, an incredible variety of natural landscapes, staying with local families along the way. Ascend to the highest non-volcanic point in Central America. Visit an authentic village where inhabitants still wear the traditional traje of their ancestors, which make for a colorful and distinctive character that you can’t find anywhere else!

Educational Benefits

Gain all of the benefits and growth that occurs from pushing travelers in an outdoor ed style trip while exposing travelers to new cultures, customs, and lifestyles along the way

Customization

Student trip itineraries are completely customizable for your group, desires, and needs.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 - Travel to Guatemala

Drive to Antigua, in the shadow of Volcano Agua. Enjoy our first dinner and spend the night.

Day 2 - Antigua - Xela

Guided walking tour of Antigua. Take in the stunning colonial architecture, intact ruins from earthquakes and volcanoes over the years. Continue on to Xela, where we will have a pre-trip meeting to prepare for the trek ahead.

Day 3 - Travel to Trail Head

Under the leadership of our local guides, we will embark on a public transit bus journey to get to the trail head. Explore our first town of the trip, and begin our trek.

Day 4 - Acul - Xexecom

Begin trekking in the morning. Arrive in the village of Acul, talk about the Civil War. Stop at Mil Amores cheese farm, admire the views and buy some cheese. Following lunch, trek to Xexecom, our destination for the night. Use a temascal—a traditional Mayan sauna. Eat dinner with a local family.

Day 5 - Altiplano - Pueblo Paujil País

 

4 am start – start walking up the 87 switchbacks! A few hours later, switchbacks are done – watch the sunrise and eat breakfast. Continue on to Altiplano, the remote mountain plateau that features striking landscapes and views. Spend the night at Pueblo Paujil País.

Day 6 - El Río Pericón - La Ventosa

Trek to El Río Pericón for a quick dip. spend the next two hours hiking through a valley with incredible views. Hike to a local bus stop, catch another local ride, spend the night at a local family’s home. Use a temascal.

Day 7 - La Torre - Todos Santos

Start hiking up towards La Torre. Reach the top of La Torre, a 250m climb from the beginning of the day. Begin descent from La Torre, down 1300m. Following our mountainside lunch, reach the edge of Todos Santos. Explore the traditional town and spend the night.

Day 8 - Todos Santos - Xela

Early morning shuttle out of Todos Santos. Pass through Huehuetenango, have a quick snack. Arrive in Xela.  Enjoy a final afternoon to explore Xela, buy some souvenirs, recap the trip, and prepare for our journey home.

Day 9 - Homeward Bound

Board our group flight home, excited to see our family and friends after an amazing trip to Guatemala.

Transportation
  • Airfare
    Roundtrip group airfare to Guatemala
  • Bus
    Private & local coach bus transfers as needed for duration of tour
Accommodation
  • Homestay
    Enjoy an authentic home stay with a rural Guatemalan family
  • Hostel
    Centrally located, student friendly hostels
  • Community
    Camp at local communities during our trek through the country
  • Hotels
    Centrally located, student friendly, 3* minimum, acclaimed hotels
Food

Three meals a day included in tour. Meals at locally owned and run restaurants and accommodations serving authentic cuisine sufficient for all appetites.

Meet Our Leaders
Ryan Maguire
Did you know?

Guatemala has the largest collection of UNESCO heritage sites in Latin America.

Places You’ll Visit

Airport

Welcome to Guatemala!

Antigua

Tour the former Guatemalan Capital.

Xela

Head to a remote village near the city of Xela.

Lago Atitlán

Watch sunrise over Lago Atitlán after a multi day hike.

Panajachel

The perfect place to get your final souvenir shopping in.

Todos Santos

Authentic village where inhabitants still wear the traditional traje of their ancestors

Acul

Begin our trek at Acul

Xexocom

Breakfast after our morning of siwtchbacks

El Río Pericón

Enjoy a morning dip