3 Days Hiking – Xela – Lake Atitlan

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This hike is one of the most beautiful experiences at the Guatemalan highlands, where you will explore volcanoes, mountains and the Lake Atitlán. On the road we will pass through a diversity flora and fauna, we will stay at the local host families the first two nights. A Hike from Quetzaltenango, with a Maya Quiche origin to end at the Lake Atitlán with origin Maya Tzutuhil. We will trek 45 kilometers.

Trek to Lake Atitlán
The magnificent sunrise at el Mirador El Rostro Maya after three days treek.
Photo By Cesar Calel.

 

DAY 1

The departure time it´s at 6:00am form Quetzaltenango, a 30 minutes driving at the bus, to start the hike at Xecam, Cantel, with 2,450 meters over the level sea. The first two hour we will ascend to 2,950 meters over the level sea, a bit hard at the beginning because it is the highest point of the highlands, knowing as Alaska. After that, we will descend and will stay at a local host family at Antigua Santa Catarina Ixtaguacan.  A road of 18 kilometers, but we will be given a gift, a Temescal bath, A Temescal is a traditional Mayan culture sweat lodge that is used for ritual purification and may also have some health benefits. The perfect way to relax the body.

DAY 2

The departure time it´s at 7:00am, the goal is to get to Xiprian Santa Clara La Laguna where we will stay at a local host family to share a wood fire at night, the perfect time to share with locals and the rest of the trekkers. This day we will hike 20 kilometers.

DAY 3

Today is going to be different, today we will get up at 3:45am  because we have to enjoy and experience the magnificent sunrise at el Mirador El Rostro Maya, where we will eat breakfast while the sunrise comes to the most beautiful lake in the world, Lake Atitlan and its three volcanoes, San Pedro, Toliman and Atitlán volcano. 11 kilometers of hiking to get the most beautiful landscape you can imagine.

 

Lake Atitlán Trek
This hike is one of the most beautiful experiences at the Guatemalan highlands, where you will explore volcanoes, mountains and the Lake Atitlán.
Photo by Cesar Calel

WHAT TO BRING:

A camera

Sun cream

Jacket

Rain coat

Sunglasses

Front lamp

Backpack

Sleeping bag & Mat

Thermal cloth

Extra cloth

Good shoes

Sandals to the thermal baths

 

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