This the sacred heart of the Mam-Mayan Cosmovision. On a clear day, Chicabal’s highest point gives you a magnificent view of Guatemala’s Pacific coast and its other impressive volcanic peaks. It’s a gentle climb that lasts about 2 hours to get up to the top and one more to go down.
Protected by enchanting cloud forest, you’d never believe this tranquil setting used to bubble with lava and sulphuric gas. Chicabal’s immense biodiversity is also home to a fantastic variety of birds, insects and plants. You might even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Guatemala’s national bird the Quetzal.
Mam-Mayan priests still carry out rituals at Chicabal, the whole site feels like its folklore was carved from the landscape and its ancient myths come to life in this magical environment. This short day trip is an excellent opportunity to see why Chicabal is so important ecologically and spiritually for our people.
Total trip time: 5 hours
Total time to climb and descend: 2 hours to climb and 1 to descend
Departure time: 6:00am from Xela
Price: $55 USD
Included in Price: Private transportation local guide, entrance fee.
Additional costs: some extra money in case you would like to buy food or drinks.
What to bring: Hiking boots, long trousers, wind or rain jacket, sunscreen, sunglasses, camera, binoculars, personal items and at least 2 litters of water
Useful Information: No Swimming is permitted at any time due to the religious significance of the site.