Hiking & Volcanoes
Departure from La Antigua / Lake Atitlán

Guatemala is a mountainous country boasting the tallest peaks in Central America and 33 hikable volcanoes. A hiking paradise, this country offers an endless supply of scenic trails and challenging routes to explore. As biking enthusiasts ourselves, we offer the know-how and expertise necessary to deliver an unbeatable biking or hiking experience. We are constantly venturing out in search of new and exciting routes to keep our itineraries fresh, designing trips to match all abilities and interests. We’ll create the perfect trip to meet your needs whether it is a leisurely trip in Maya Highland communities, a daring single-track down a volcano or a 16 day coast to coast challenge.

Hiking and Volcanoes Antigua Guatemala Lake Atitlan - Tropical Discovery

Antigua, Guatemala –  Tourists trekking through burnt land by lava expelled by Pacaya Volcano, in nearby Antigua, Guatemala.

Antigua Hiking: Climb Pacaya Volcano from Antigua – Full Day

Our tour starts with a morning transfer (1 h) to the foothills of the active Pacaya Volcano. Then we begin the fairly strenuous hike through wonderful pine forest up to the more tricky volcanic ash section and finally to the allowed point near the sulfur smoking cone. On occasions you can even see small eruptions and lava flow depending on the activity of the volcano. From the summit we can enjoy great views to the northern volcanoes, the pacific lowlands and all the way to El Salvador. Back at the base of the volcano, our support vehicle awaits us for our transfer back to Antigua.

• Includes private transfers in air-conditioned vehicle to/from Pacaya National Park (~ 1 h/way).
• Recommended: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
• Level: Intermediate

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*English speaking private guide available
*Box lunch, and water available upon request

 

Antigua Hiking: Pacaya Volcano climbing and Thermal Spa – Full Day

Our tour starts with a morning transfer from Antigua. As we move up the myriad of trails on the mountain, Guatemala’s impressive views open up before us. As we reach the base of the caldera, our guide will direct you through the rugged dried lava fields, recently reformed by a massive eruption in 2010. Midway, we will stop for a freshly prepared picnic to enjoy along with views of nearby volcanoes Agua, Fuego and Acatenango. There will be plenty of opportunity to explore geothermal hot-spots on the cooled lava formations – which are always available to help roast marshmallows! Our hike down brings across the remaining dried lava fields before we begin our descent through Pacaya’s lush and lesser known forests and farmland. After returning to the base, our private transport will take us to a thermal spa whose natural springs are heated by the linked underground activity generated by the very volcano we just climbed.

At the Spa, you will start first with a ‘Thermal Circuit’, consisting of immersing the body for short periods of time in natural thermal pools of varying temperatures, moving from hot to cold. The thermal pools range in temperature from 24°C to 41°C (75°F to 106°F). Next you will move onto a ‘Combined Steam and Hydrotherapy Bath’, where you can fill your own personal tub with thermal water at your desired temperature, including a cold water shower and a steam bath. Your spa therapy will come to an end with a relaxing 25 minute massage. Afterwards you will have plenty of time to return to the natural swimming pools and enjoy a snack and fruit smoothie. We return to Antigua by private transport to arrive in town at 6 p.m.

• Includes private transfer in air-conditioned vehicle, from/to Hotel in Antigua, transfer to thermal spa, entrance fees, private bilingual and certified 1st-aid training guide, picnic lunch or dinner. Spa therapies: Thermal Circuit, Combined Steam and Hydrotherapy Bath, 25 minute massage, access to natural swimming pools at the spa, towel and bathrobe at the spa, fruit smoothie and snack at the spa
• Please bring the following: Hiking boots or trekking shoes, daypack with rain cover, one warm layer and/or windbreaker, rain jacket (May thru October), personal items, camera, hat, sunglasses & sunscreen, two liters of water.
• Level: Intermediate

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Hiking and Volcanoes Antigua Guatemala Lake Atitlan - Tropical DiscoveryAntigua Hiking: The Valley – Half Day (AM or PM)

The tour starts with a short transfer to a scenic farm near Antigua. Here we start hiking through forest and fields, enjoying spectacular views of the surrounding volcanoes, mountain peaks and valleys. We can also enjoy plenty of birdlife and meet local people who are working their fields. After a few hours of hiking we then descend down back towards Antigua passing through local villages to our destination.

• Includes transfers, entrance fee, private guide, trail snack, water.
• Recommended 09:00 – 12:30 or 14:00 – 17:00
• Level: Moderate

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Sunrise eruption at Volcan Fuego in Guatemala

Antigua Hiking: Acatenango – Full Day

The tour starts at 5 a.m. with a 1 hr transfer to the mountain village of La Soledad, on the ridge of the Pacific slope of Volcán Acatenango. The hike takes you through four distinct microclimates – local farm fields of corn and snow pea, a tropical cloud forest, a coniferous forest and a tropical dry forest and last, a sand and gravel scree-trail dotted with dwarf pine trees and high mosses – each of which will take you about an hour to cross. At the summit, your guide will prepare a fresh, well-earned picnic lunch while you rest and enjoy unparalleled 360-degree views of the Guatemalan highlands and of the nearby and constantly erupting Volcán Fuego. After 30 min – 1 h at the top (depending on conditions and time considerations), you will begin the 3-hour descent back towards La Soledad. We will transport back to Antigua, arriving in the afternoon with plenty of time for you to enjoy the delights of the old Spanish colonial capital.

• Includes private transportation, private guide, local La Soledad community guide, picnic lunch, entrance fees, one liter of bottled water
• We recommend wearing hiking boots or trekking shoes, one warm layer and/or windbreaker, and bring along a daypack with rain cover, a rain jacket (May to October), personal toiletries and/or medications, camera, hat, sunglasses & sunscreen, extra bottled water and a flashlight
• Level: Challenging

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Antigua Hiking: Acatenango – 2 Days

Day 1: Pick up from your Hotel in Antigua at 8 a.m. in private transport to the Volcano. You must take your breakfast early. After an hour transfer to La Soledad, we begin our ascent. We will go to the mountain rainforest and cloud forest, where we find the oldest trees and and rich biodiversity of flora and fauna, enjoy the clean air and the many sounds of nature. This forest type is found only on the volcanoes and highest mountains and is one of the best preserved of the country. On the way up, the landscape offers views of the Cuchumatanes mountain range, Lake Atitlán and it’s surrounding volcanoes, and on a clear day, we can even see the Tajumulco Volcano, close to the border with México. Before reaching the summit, the guide prepares a picnic lunch.
Carrying equipment, food, water and stop for lunch takes 6 to 7 hours to reach the top. The summit of 3.975 meters Acatenango offers unrivaled views of Agua and Pacaya Volcanoes to the east, Lake Atitlán volcanoes in the West and the Fuego Volcano in the south. Enjoy the sunset, admiring the beautiful scenery. We will establish camp and will cook a hot dinner for the group as everyone can walk around and see the eruptions that sometimes the Fuego Volcano makes.

Day 2: We wake up and get ready to see the sunrise and prepare a hot breakfast followed by tea and coffee while enjoying the scenery. We break camp and head for the part where we came, crossing the summit and returning to La Soledad village. Our transport should be coming back to Antigua at noon.

• Includes private transportation from/to Hotel in Antigua, picnic lunch, dinner and breakfast, entrance fee, local guide, sleeping bag, tent, bilingual and certified 1st-aid training guide.
• Please bring the following: Hiking boots or hiking shoes, backpack with rain cover, gloves, coat and windbreaker jacket, waterproof jacket (May to October), clothing for trekking, a hat, sunglasses, sun block, lantern, camera, 4.5 liters of water, snacks
• Level: Challenging

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Antigua Hiking: Acatenango and Fuego – 3 Days

Day 1: Hike To Camp
Pick up at 8 a.m. from Hotel in Antigua – You should eat breakfast beforehand and pack a small snack for the road. A one-hour drive takes us from Antigua to the mountain village of La Soledad. The trail up Volcán Acatenango has four distinct microclimates, each of which will take you about an hour to traverse. We’ll begin by walking up a steep trail through local farm fields. The second phase of our ascent passes through old-growth tropical cloud forest. In this environmental zone, we find some of Acatenango’s oldest trees, an incredible biodiversity of flora and fauna, fresh mountain air and the sounds of local birds and wildlife. This type of high-alpine is home to the famous Quetzal. After exiting the cloud forest, we will be rewarded with fantastic views of the other highland volcanoes (Atitlán, Tolimán, San Pedro, Santa María, Santo Tomás, Tajumulco), along with glimpses of the Cuchumatanes Mountain chain. A fresh picnic lunch is prepared around mid-day for us to enjoy. Our campsite is perched just below tree-line with sweeping views of the Antigua Valley and Volcán Fuego. After setting up camp, you are free to rest, relax and enjoy the surroundings while our guide prepares a fresh camp dinner with hot tea and coffee.

Day 2: Fuego Volcano
In the morning, we will enjoy a hearty breakfast after a mesmerizing sunrise experienced from above the cloud-line, bringing our next objective, Volcán Fuego, into sight. With expansive views south towards the tropical Pacific coast of Guatemala, and east across the Antigua Valley towards towering Volcán Agua , we will begin our 1-hour descent to the saddle between Acatenango and Fuego Volcanoes. After a short rest, we will wind our way up the 1½-hour push to the vertigo-inducing ridge of Volcán Fuego, at a responsible distance from the active summit of Acatenango & Fuego Volcanoes.

We will rest and eat lunch as we wait for a chance to witness an eruption at close range. We will spend the afternoon hiking back to our campsite where we will have plenty of time to rest and relax. Another beautiful night on the mountain, and another delicious dinner prepared by your guide will help ease your tired bodies to rest.

Day 3: Summiting Acatenango
In the morning, after an early camp breakfast, we will embark on a 45-minute ascent to the summit on a sand and gravel scree-trail dotted with dwarf pine trees and high mosses. The trail up to the summit is the steepest we will have seen, and leads to the rocky summit exposed to the gusty and cold winds which constantly pass over Acatenango’s peak. At the summit, we will rest and enjoy unparalleled 360-degree views of the entirety of the Guatemalan highlands – all the way to the border of México. After 45 min at the top (depending on conditions and time considerations), the group will begin the 3-hour descent back towards La Soledad. Our group has the opportunity to descend through an alternate route down Volcán Acatenango, experiencing a variety of microclimates and beautiful trail. From La Soledad, we will transport you back to Antigua, arriving in the afternoon with plenty of time for you to enjoy the delights of the old Spanish colonial capital.

• Includes private round trip transportation from Hotel in Antigua, all park entrance fees, local guide, freshly prepared lunches (2), dinners (2), and breakfasts (2) + juice/coffee/tea & snacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads and comfortable tents for 2 nights camping at high-altitude, local, bilingual guide with certified 1st-Aid training.
• Please bring the following: Hiking boots or trekking shoes, large-capacity backpack (35L+) with rain cover, one warm layer and/or windbreaker, rain jacket (May thru October), clothing for near-freezing night-time temperatures, personal toiletries and/or medications, camera, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, & flashlight, 4 liters of water (minimum)
• Level: Challenging

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Hiking and Volcanoes Antigua Guatemala Lake Atitlan - Tropical DiscoveryLake Atitlan Hiking: Lakeshore Hike & Village Visit – Half Day (AM or PM)

You will be met by your guide at your hotel for a nice hike along the shores of the beautiful Lake Atitlán. You will walk through villages and will pass local Maya people working in the fields, washing clothes and fishing from their unique wooden boats. After lunch we will visit the village San Juan or Santiago. After a visit to the village you will be transferred back by boat to your hotel.

• Includes transfers, private guide, trail snack, lunch, water.
• Level: Moderate

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Lake Atitlán Hiking: Cerro de Oro Hike with Santiago Village – Half Day

You will be met at your hotel by our boat driver and enjoy a short transfer to the Cerro de Oro area, where we disembark and start our adventure in the village of Cerro de Oro. Here we start our hike passing through this charming local village. A one hour climb brings us to the top and will give us spectacular views over the area. After a short walk down a ride in a local truck brings us back to Santiago.

• Includes transfers, private guide, trail snack, water.
• Recommended 09:00 – 13:30
• Level: Moderate

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*English speaking private guide available upon request

Hiking and Volcanoes Antigua Guatemala Lake Atitlan - Tropical Discovery

Like Atitlán Hiking: Volcán San Pedro – Full Day


Our tour starts with a boat transfer to the town of San Pedro, a short pick up transfer brings us to the visitor center, from where the actual climbs starts. Within 3 -4 hours of climbing through fields and cloud forest we reach the top of the volcano on almost 3000 meters. Often enjoy magnificent views over the lake and its mountains and volcanoes while having our well deserved lunch. After lunch we go down back to your hotel.

• Includes transfers, private guide, trail snack, lunch, water.
• Recommended 09:00 – 16:30
• Level: Challenging

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