Note: one of the best options in Guatemala for lovers of long walks. This walk is considered difficult and trekkers need to be in very good physical condition. We will trek for 3 days walking indigenous villages, nature, coffee farms, corn and the best views of Lake Atitlan.
Day 1: We start at 6:00 am picking you up at your hotel or home room in Xela. This walk starts at Cantel (at a height of about 2400mts), which is 35 minutes from Xela. On this day we will walk approximately 17 kilometers, approximately 8 to 9 hours, to the community Chiri’j Ximay. We will stay in Chiri’j Ximay with a local indigenous family. Lodging is basic, sleeping will occur on the floor and there is no indoor plumbing.
Day 2: This is the hardest day of the trek. We will leave Chiri’j Ximay and descend for 2 hours to the Nahualate River (1400 m elevation). This descent is difficult due to the slippery path. Then we will ascend a steep road in Chuipoj village and have lunch with a local indigenous family. After an hour of rest we continue our journey up to reach the next village Santa Clara La Laguna. Lodging is once again basic and similar to day 1’s accomodations.
Today involves 14 kilometers of walking, roughly 9 to 10 hours in duration.
Day 3: Wake up by 5:00 am to bequeath the viewpoint of Santa Clara which is a 20 minute walk from our lodging. Once on Santa Clara you will take in beautiful Lake Atitlan. After a few photos back to the house for breakfast and prepare our backpack to begin the descent to the lake, which will take us approximately 3 to 4 hours. This part of the path is inclined which will be a bit difficult because the path is rocky. We end our journey in San Pedro la Laguna walk approximately 10 kilometers to the point of arrival.
Note: Take note that camping equipment such as sleeping bags and mats they are basic as well as food and in the mountains is difficult to cook. Also depending on the number of people the food will be shared as the guide can not load all unless some extra people have to carry luggage. (Please do not carry things like books or other unnecessary items. Try to travel as lightweight as possible).
Departure Time: 6:00 a.m.
Time return: 11 a.m. about day three
Duration: day 1 (8 hours) Day 2 (10 hours this is the most difficult day) Day 3 (4 hours)
which includes: transportation, guide, mattress, sleeping bag, nights with family during the walk, 6 meals, tickets, luggage transfer to San Pedro.
What to bring: Light, breakfast, warm clothing, hiking boots, big backpack, 4 liters of water per person, extra clothes, repellent, personal medicine.
PRICE 4pax Q650p / p – 3pax 800p / p – 2pax Q950