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TREK THE REMOTE TRAILS OF THE GUATEMALAN HIGHLANDS ENDING UP AT AMAZING LAKE ATITLAN

GUATEMALA TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

✔️ Join a small group of fun, like-minded vegan adventurers to trek the remote trails of Guatemala’s highlands connecting two of Guatemala’s most inspiring destinations, Antigua and Lake Atitlan, epic sunsets, savagely beautiful landscapes and new friends guaranteed!

✔️ Experience the backcountry scenes most tourists don’t get to see

✔️ Say YES to a once-in-a-lifetime volcano summit hike add-on, there’s no other place on earth quite like Acatenango

✔️ If you love outdoor adventure, stunning scenery, and tasty vegan food then Guatemala is one of the most fascinating and memorable countries to visit from hiking volcanoes to exploring Mayan ruins there are so many things to do in Guatemala that you would need a lifetime to experience it all, get your vegan hiking boots ready, you’re off on an adventure!

 

WHO THIS TRIP IS FOR

✔️ If you’re a beginner or intermediate hiker looking to challenge yourself this trip is for you!

✔️ Hikers looking to experience their first multi-day hike 

✔️ Single travellers welcome

✔️ Multi passionate adventurers 

 

✅ ITINERARY

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive Guatemala City & Transfer To La Antigua

You’ll be met at the International airport in Guatemala City for your transfer to Antigua. After you’ve settled into the joining hotel in Guatemala’s former capital city La Antigua, you’ll have time to explore. Antigua is a UNESCO world heritage site and as you’re strolling around town, you’ll notice it sits in a valley, the Panchoy valley which is known as being the cultural center of Guatemala. With no end of ancient churches, appealing parks conveniently placed coffee shops and flanked by volcanoes, your adventure starts now! There will be an early evening ‘meet and greet’ with your Vegan Adventure Holidays trip leader and other members of the group before heading out for dinner—think delicious tofu tacos with avocado, greens and a dash of lime!

Day 2: Overnight Earthwalk Tour 

Hiking: 8-10km | Ascent: 450m

Highlights: Fantastic valley views

This morning we set off on a moderate two-day hike that takes us out of the Antigua Valley, around the ridgeline, and into a quaint mountainside hotel and working avocado orchard where we’ll stay the night. We begin with a steep climb that takes us out of the Antigua Valley to the top of a nearby ridge, the trail traverses the ridge to a tiny pueblo hidden away on the mountainside where we’ll have a picnic lunch and enjoy the views! After the hike, there will be plenty of time to take a hot, relaxing shower, enjoy the scenery or swing from a tree over the edge of the steep mountainside. Dinner is served at 6:30 pm and afterwards, you can enjoy the movie room and game room, or retire to your cabana.

Day 3: Return To Antigua

Hiking: 8-10km | Descent: 450m

Highlights: Delicious vegan breakfast on an avocado plantation

After a hearty vegan breakfast, we will pack our bags and begin the hike up and out through town, and then down the ridge back into Antigua. The return trip is primarily a descent, and usually only takes a couple of hours, bringing us right into Antigua around lunchtime. You’ll have a free afternoon in town to relax before the next adventure!

Day 4: Antigua To Atitlan Trek 

Hiking: 16km | Ascent: 1390m 

Highlights: Hiking through the beautifully rugged Guatemala highlands

Today we begin 3 full days of hiking across the culturally rich regions connecting Antigua and Lake Atitlan, along the way we’ll walk through cloud forest canopy and coffee fincas, be immersed in the sights and sounds of Guatemala’s living Mayan culture and communities, and be amazed at the kindness and warmth of its people.

Our first few hours of trekking takes us up nearly 300m as we climb into a protected area before beginning a long descent through forest and agricultural fields into the La Vega River valley,
more than 915m below. Following lunch, we cross a hanging foot bridge over the river (allowing you to embrace your inner Indiana Jones!) before a challenging yet spectacular afternoon 600 m climb up through pine forest and local coffee farms to arrive at our Fuego Camp by late-afternoon.

Day 5: Hike from Pachut to Chuinimachica

Hiking: 14km | Ascent: 176m Descent: 636m

Highlights: Panoramic volcano views

Today you will be immersed in the finest natural scenery that Guatemala has to offer. A morning push takes us to the highest point of the trek, just over 2,755m. Then we follow a pristine
ridgeline with panoramic views of six volcanoes and cloud forest that reveals unique plants and birds.

Along the way, you will have the opportunity to see local farmers tending their terraced fields and learn about traditional agricultural practices. A long, gradual descent leads us to our trail lunch location (and a short siesta) before we finish the day by walking into Agua Camp, named in honor of Lake Atitlán, which can be seen in the distance below.

After relaxing a bit, we venture into the local Mayan community of Chuinimachica to setup camp for the night.

Day 6: Hike Into Lake Atitlan

Hiking: 12.5km | Ascent: 609m Descent: 1543m

Highlights: Reaching Lake Atitlan 

The final day of our trek begins with a 760m descent into the La Madre Vieja River valley that weaves through a patchwork of traditional agricultural fields and small villages. Once in the valley, we visit a picturesque coffee finca to learn about the planting, harvesting and processing of small-batch speciality coffee (and of course, sample some as well).

Following the coffee tour, we cross the river on another hanging footbridge before a short ascent that takes us up to the rim of Lake Atitlán and expansive views of the water below and three massive
volcanoes that surround it.

From there, a final descent through terraced fields of flowers and vegetables takes us to the lakeside village of San Antonio Palopó to conclude the trek. Congratulations…we made it!

Day 7: Return To Antigua

After a relaxed morning, we’ll head back to Antigua where you’ll have free time before our farewell dinner or prep time for the overnight Acatenango  volcano hike trip if you decide to book the add-on!

Day 8: Return to Guatemala City Airport / Departure for Acatenango Hike Add On

Time to leave and head home after an amazing week but this is not the end of your journey, there’s so much more to see in Guatemala that you might be back again or maybe you’ll join a coast-to-coast hike in Costa Rica next!

 

 

✅ WHAT'S INCLUDED

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 5 Nights Hotel/lodge Accommodation 

  • 2 Nights Camping

  • Overnight Earthwalk Hike

  • 3 Day Antigua To Lake Atitlan Trek

  • Group Airport Transfers

  • Full Board 100% Vegan Meals

  • Vegan Adventure Holidays Trip Leader

  • Expert English Speaking Local Guides

✅ NOT INCLUDED

NOT INCLUDED

  • International airfares
  • Personal travel insurance (required to join the trip)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for local guides

✅ ACCOMMODATION

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Day 1: Hotel twin share

Day 2: Mountain lodge twin share

Day 3: Hotel twin share

Day 4: Camping tent twin share

Day 5: Camping tent twin share

Day 6: Hotel twin share

Day 7: Hotel twin share

✅ OPTIONAL EXTRAS

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

ACATENANGO OVERNIGHT VOLCANO HIKE

US$300pp

The Acatenango Volcano, one of Guatemala’s most iconic volcanoes. At 13,000ft, it’s the tallest peak in the region and a popular hiking destination for adventurers from around the world. If you’re looking for an active adventure in Guatemala, the Acatenango Volcano hike should be at the top of your list. It’s one of the best hikes in Central America, standing 3,976 meters tall (2.5 miles). This active volcano towers over Antigua and three other volcanoes.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Return transport from Antigua
  • Lunch, dinner day 1 & breakfast day 2
  • Shared accommodation at base camp in a solid wooden structure
  • Bilingual local guides
  • Park entrance fees

WHAT TO EXPECT

Below is the general volcano summit hike outline, please remember that times can vary due to the pace of the group, weather conditions, and the frequency of stops to stroke cute volcano dogs. 

DAY 1: Hike To Base Camp

7:00am: Breakfast & transfer from Antigua to La Soledad village 

10:00am: Begin the hike for approximately 5hrs with lunch on the way.

3:00-4:00 pm: Arrival time at the base camp

4.30pm Approx: Optional extra hike to Fuego volcano (more info on this will be given after booking)

5:00-6pm: Sundown, campfires, chats. hot chocolate – all the good stuff!

7:00: Dinner

DAY 2: Summit & Return To Antigua

4:00am: Wake up time for a 4:30am departure time to see the sunrise from the summit, 1 hr hiking approx

7:00am: Return to base camp for breakfast

8:30am: Descend to the village 11:30am arrival time approx

11-12:00pm: Arrive in Antigua for a well-deserved lunch and free afternoon

Hotel accommodation is included for this night.

Day 3: return to Guatemala City Airport

The airport transfer is included in this add-on

 

NEED TO KNOW

  • This is a group hike, you’ll be joining approx 20 other hikers
  • The price per person is US$300 and includes the overnight volcano hike, accommodation in a 4 person mixed sex cabin followed by one night’s accommodation in Antigua after the hike and an airport transfer the next day
  • If you are a couple or two friends, there is limited availability for a private two-person cabin, please email hello@veganadventureholidays.com to check the availability

To make your reservation email hello@veganadventureholidays.com directly.

 

✅ ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE INFO

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE INFO

✔️ The international airport is Guatemala City (GUA)

✔️ There will be a group transfer from Guatemala City airport to Antigua on day 1 and returning on day 8

✔️ There are direct flights into Guatemala City Airport from the USA and Canada, most flights from Europe will have a connection in the USA

✅ GENERAL PACKING LIST

GENERAL PACKING LIST

The Following List Can Be Used As A General Guide

BAGS & LUGGAGE

  • Soft-shelled bag or rucksack (this will be transported, you will not have to carry your main bag)
  • Daypack – 25+ litres should be adequate for daily use during the hike
  • Daypack rain cover

CLOTHING

  • Quick drying t-shirts & long sleeve tops
  • Quick drying shorts & hiking trousers trousers
  • One warmer/thermal base layer for higher altitudes
  • A decent mid-layer, such as a fleece or a synthetic down jacket for early mornings and evenings at higher altitudes
  • A lightweight rain jacket & and waterproof trousers
  • Clothes to sleep in
  • Swimming gear
  • Buff or bandana
  • Sun hat
  • Quick drying socks & underwear

FOOTWEAR

  • Hiking shoes or boots  – these must be worn in and not new!
  • Outdoor/hiking sandals that can be used for water crossings such as Tevas

OTHER

  • Hiking poles
  • Headlamp & and spare batteries
  • Travel pillow
  • Earplugs & eyemask
  • Quick-drying/camp towel
  • Any personal medicine that you might need
  • General toiletries/hygiene products
  • Insect repellant
  • Sunscreen
  • Polarised sunglasses
  • Water bladder/bottles
  • Water filter 
  • Universal travel adapter
  • Power bank or solar charger
  • Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
  • Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
  • Antibacterial hand-gel

OPTIONAL ITEMS

  • Kula cloth – This is an antimicrobial pee cloth for women that saves carrying toilet paper and reduces waste
  • Dry bag to keep items inside days bags dry whilst hiking
  • Electrolyte sachets to add to water
  • Energy gels
  • A waist pack – not obligatory but great for keeping items such as phones, cameras snacks easily accessible

✅ FAQ'S

FAQ'S

What is the price of this trip?

The cost of this trip is US$1900 per person on a shared accommodation basis. 

Can I book a private room for this trip?

There is limited private room availability, you will receive more information after booking.

Do I have to carry my backpack on any of the hikes?

No! All you have to carry is a day bag, your main luggage will be transported each day.

How fit do I need to be to do this trip?

A reasonable base level of fitness is required, comfortably being able to hike 8-10 miles for example is a good indicator of required base level fitness. 

What will the weather be like?

The highlands of Guatemala are known for having beautiful warm days with cooler nights.

I’m a single traveller is that okay?

Absolutely! Around 60% of Vegan Adventure Holidays guests are single travellers, everybody is welcome.

Do I have to have travel insurance to join the trip?

Yes! It’s recommended to get a policy that covers trip and flight cancellations and should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, and evacuation/repatriation. Safetywing and World Nomad have good policies.

How much should I tip?

Tips for the local guide are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion but there is an expectation to tip for good service. I suggest between US$5-10 per person per day.

What is the trip cancellation policy?

1: Your deposit is fully refundable up to 30 days after you book.
2: Final payment is due 90 days before your trip start date.
3: If you have to cancel your reservation, you will have the option to save the remainder of your credits to use toward another trip in the future, the cancellation fee will be determined according to the terms outlined in the terms and conditions policy.

Please understand that Vegan Adventure Holidays reserves the right to change these policies without prior notice due to an ever-changing landscape within the tourism industry at present.

I’ve got a question that isn’t answered here, who shall I contact?

Email Emma at hello@veganadventureholidays and I’ll answer your questions and queries personally.

GUATEMALA TRIP REVIEWS

It was a great trip, full of new experiences. Everything was organized perfectly – all activities, transportation and free time to explore Antigua city. And of course the vegan food was delicious!

Emma was a knowledgeable tour guide, she was easy to communicate with, and her suggestions of how to spend our free time exploring Antigua were very helpful. All tour activities were excellent, but the highlight of the tour was hiking to the Acatenango volcano, which has a great view to the active volcano Fuego. The experience was unforgettable. The optional hike to Fuego was a challenging one, but it was a once in a lifetime experience and worth the challenge. Thank you Emma for such a great tour! I highly recommend this tour (and any other of your vegan adventure tours because I am sure they will be as great as this one) to anyone who enjoys an active vegan lifestyle, nature, and going on adventures. 

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 
EUGENE KAGAN