Colonial Cities, Volcanoes, Western Highlands Trek, Lake Atitlan (8 days/ 7 Nights)
Visit the Colonial Cities, Volcanoes, Western Highlands Trek and Lake Atitlan on this 8 day trip! Our experienced guide leads you the whole way!
Day 1: Arrive Antigua
Day 2: Tour Antigua (Multiple tour options) afternoon Pacaya Volcano
Day 3: Hike Acatenango Volcano, travel to Quetzaltenango
Day 4: Highlands Trek
Day 5: Highlands Trek
Day 6: Highlands Trek, Arrive Lake Atitlan
Day 7: Day on Lake Atitlan; Travel to Antigua
Day 8: Depart Antigua, Guatemala.
Dates Scheduled: varying October-April
Antigua is situated in a large highland valley surrounded by 3 volcanoes: Agua, Acatenango, and the active Fuego, and is full of vibrant culture, making it a beautiful setting for our adventures! Fuego Volcano is an active volcano and is best seen in an overnight trek up Acatenango Volcano.
Antigua is the crown jewel of Guatemalan history and culture. It was once one of the great cities of the Spanish empire (pre-1821) alongside of Lima, Peru and Mexico City, Mexico. Today Antigua’s cobble stoned streets are a haven of tranquility and provides a great base for exploring the rest of Guatemala, and today its international character is evident from expats and other worldly travelers (just like you!).
Antigua served as the capital for almost 400 years and many massive churches, monasteries, and grand palaces were built during its reign. A lot of these grand buildings were destroyed from earthquakes and left in rubble where they once stood proudly and others were rebuilt to their original glory. This makes Antigua a wonderful living museum for us to explore today. One could spend weeks exploring Antigua and its surroundings!
Acatenango Volcano is located just south of Antigua and sits a height of 3,975 meters (around 13,041 feet). Hiking Acatenango offers you the opportunity to travel through several of the eco-zones of Guatemala including jungle, pine forest, and rain cloud forest before summiting it and enjoying the sweeping views below all the way to the Pacific Ocean and surrounding Volcanoes.
One of the highlights of hiking Acatenango is being able to see the eruptions of the neighboring Fuego Volcano! This 6-7 round trip hike can be done in a full day or on an overnight giving you the best view of Fuego Volcano erupting!
Three Day Highlands Trek
This three day trek starts in Quetzaltenango and travels through the Western Highlands of Guatemala to the stunning Lago Atitlan. During this trek we travel through small indigenous villages and countryside full of farms and coffee plantations. We stay at indigenous villages along the way and eat local food and meet local indigenous Mayan folks!
Described as, “one of the prettiest lakes in the world,” Lago Atitlan sits deep in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. This large lake is surrounded by 3 volcanos and some say ranks with the seven wonders of the world. Along with its picturesque locations the lake is a hub for the local Mayan culture that still survive to this day in their lakeside villages. Our three day trek ends at the lake, and custom tours can include the lake as part of the adventure!
We get the opportunity to experience the indigenous Metzal (sauna) bathing method. This trek is designed for those people who like to walk and experience the culture. We hike around 6-7 miles each day and only carry our personal necessities, so you won’t be weighed down with heavy backpacks giving you the opportunity to soak in the beauty of the landscape and the local culture.
Our experienced guide leads you the whole way!! Please contact with more questions about this amazing trek!
San Juan Backcountry
1119 Greene St Silverton, Co 81433
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