One of the best treks in Guatemala. 3 days through villages, forests and past farms and eventually the best view of the most beautiful lake in the world, Lago de Atitlán.
Day 1: We start this day by picking you up at your hotel or home in Xela. It is our
intention to do the longest distance this day. The trip starts in Xecam near Cantel
(altitude about 2450 meters), just 35 minutes from Xela. We start with a heavy part.
In the first two hours we have to climb to 3050 meters. Then we descend mainly in
a wooded area with pine trees and coffee farms. The last part of this descent is
the hardest (30 minutes of very slippery slope), before we reach the Nahualate river
at 1400m. We can camp near the river or we can climb for 45 minutes to reach the
village of K'omo Noj.
Total distance today: +/- 18 kilometers
Day 2: The purpose of the next part of the journey is to reach Santa Clara la Laguna,
for which we will need approximately 4 to 6 hours Here we’ll do some shopping for
dinner and breakfast tomorrow. We’ll camp today at a spectacular place. This peak
is called "El Rostro Maya" which means the Mayan face. This is a famous
Total distance today: +/- 14 kilometer
Dag 3: We do not have to get up early to experience the spectacular sunrise over
the lake. Meanwhile, the guide will prepare breakfast. After breakfast we take our
time to pack up and we will begin our descent to the lake. The route to San Pedro
will take 3-4 hours. During this descent we will be treated to magnificent views
of the lake. We will reach San Pedro La Laguna at the end of the morning.
Total distance today: +/- 10 kilometer
Departure: Day 1 - 05:00h
Arrival: Day 3 - +/-11:00h
What to bring: Hiking boots, well-fitting big trekking-backpack, warm clothes you can take off layer by layer, sunscreen, sunglasses, flashlight, rain gear, hat, toilet paper, toiletries, towel, camera and binoculars if necessary. If you want you can bring your own camping gear. But try to travel light!
Included: Transport to starting point, 1 night basic accommodation in a rural village, 1 night camping on the Rostro Maya, guide, equipment, 7 meals and purified water.