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Guatemalan Highlands & Volcanoes - Exodus Travels
Guatemalan Highlands & Volcanoes - Exodus Travels
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Starts
Guatemala City
Destinations
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Ends
Guatemala City
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Highlights

  • Wander the colonial streets of Antigua
  • Hike dramatic volcanos
  • Learn about sacred Mayan sites
  • Enjoy breathtaking views over Lake Atitlan
  • Visit Guatemala's largest vegetable market
Age range
18 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
16
Start and end in Guatemala City! With the hiking & trekking tour Guatemalan Highlands & Volcanoes, you have a 15 day tour package taking you through Guatemala City, Guatemala and 11 other destinations in Guatemala. Guatemalan Highlands & Volcanoes includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • Guatemalan Highlands & Volcanoes reviewer 1
    Written on November 14, 2013
    2.0 - Rather poor

    There is a wet season. We saw highland Guatemala like it truly is, even when the tourists aren't there. Mountain villages, colourful markets, a religious festival. But it rained, a lot. The wildflowers were magnificent, but we didn't get many views of distant volcanoes. The active volcanoes on the itinerary were both deemed currently too dangerous. For me, as a seasoned Scottish hill walker, too few of the days were long and challenging.  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The flowers and the food.Relaxing in unlimited hot water at Fuentes Georginas after a wet and eventually rather cold afternoon on the hill. Saunas are recommended.We saw a quetzal too, quite close and for around half an hour.  Pity it was misty.What did you think of your group leader?The weather gave our leaders extra work to do, making changed arrangements.  There was no question of camping because of the weather.  All done without a hitch or a murmur. They were also very good at providing alternatives, including necessary transport, for the 'days off'. They knew where to eat - excellent food.  Excellent food on the trek too, prepared by a professional chef.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Brace yourself for Miami airport on the way back - it's not good.  And use the bathroom before joining the 2 hr queue!If you use poles, do remember to bring them. Paths are steep and very slippery if wet.

  • Guatemalan Highlands & Volcanoes reviewer 2
    Written on November 7, 2013
    2.0 - Rather poor

    Guatemala is a fantastic country with great people and the tour leaders were excellent.  However, I was disappointed that Exodus offered this trip in October (in-between the rainy and dry season) as (1) we had rain almost everyday and could not fully enjoy the views nor the camping (tents were not waterproof!) and (2) most importantly it felt quite unsafe to go downhill in some parts due to the rain. I recommend this trip but not in October.

  • Guatemalan Highlands & Volcanoes reviewer 3
    Written on March 22, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Very impressive trip: stunning scenery, fabulous hiking, and a fascinating insight into Mayan history and Guatemalan life. We had a great group, and a lot of fun. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?A real highlight was seeing two erupting volcanoes, and watching the sun rise over Lake Atitlan. I really enjoyed getting off the beaten track, and experiencing local hospitality.What did you think of your group leader?Leaders, Pedro and Esteban, were excellent. Their enthusiasm, professionalism and insight made our trip great fun and extremely rewarding. They worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make everything run smoothly -- and to offer us a range of interesting options during our time in Antigua and Lake Atitlan. A special mention too for our local guide, Miguel, who made us so welcome, and helped make our trip so sociable.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Unquestionably a serious hiking trip. A fabulous choice if, like me, you want some challenging mountain trekking. Expect the itinerary to vary slightly, to meet changing conditions. Enjoy going with the flow -- the tour leaders never failed to deliver!Is there anything else you would like to add?Keen walkers, who want something different, will love this trip. I enjoyed everything from the food, to the fun, to the fabulous views. I've been given a fascinating insight into Guatemala's history, culture, and coffee production. The saunas and hot springs were pretty good too. A great experience all round. Many thanks. 

  • Guatemalan Highlands & Volcanoes reviewer 4
    Written on March 22, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Very impressive trip: stunning scenery, fabulous hiking, and a fascinating insight into Mayan history and Guatemalan life. We had a great group, and a lot of fun. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?A real highlight was seeing two erupting volcanoes, and watching the sun rise over Lake Atitlan. I really enjoyed getting off the beaten track, and experiencing local hospitality.What did you think of your group leader?Leaders, Pedro and Esteban, were excellent. Their enthusiasm, professionalism and insight made our trip great fun and extremely rewarding. They worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make everything run smoothly -- and to offer us a range of interesting options during our time in Antigua and Lake Atitlan. A special mention too for our local guide, Miguel, who made us so welcome, and helped make our trip so sociable.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Unquestionably a serious hiking trip. A fabulous choice if, like me, you want some challenging mountain trekking. Expect the itinerary to vary slightly, to meet changing conditions. Enjoy going with the flow -- the tour leaders never failed to deliver!Is there anything else you would like to add?Keen walkers, who want something different, will love this trip. I enjoyed everything from the food, to the fun, to the fabulous views. I've been given a fascinating insight into Guatemala's history, culture, and coffee production. The saunas and hot springs were pretty good too. A great experience all round. Many thanks. 

  • Guatemalan Highlands & Volcanoes reviewer 5
    Written on March 18, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Volcanoes, beautiful scenery, incredible guides, wonderful local people, a great group and fantastic times - one of the best trips I have ever been on!  I would recommend this holiday to anyone.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?A few too many to mention: reaching the tops of the many volcanoes, swimming in Lake Atitlan, partying the night away with our guides, doing an Italian Job impression in a Bob Marley tuk tuk (you had to be there), boats, pick-ups and camping out in the highlands.  Sunrise over Lake Atitlan was probably one the real highlights, together with seeing Fuego erupting.  This trip really has something for everyone and only the most petty-minded could find anything to fault in it.What did you think of your group leader?Leadership on this holiday was outstanding.  We had two main guides: Pedro and Esteban, who were committed and fantastic company.  They made the holiday.  Also Miguelito, our local guide for a week of the trip was brilliant, not to mention hilarious - we even went to his house for dinner and met his family.  Some of the best guides I have ever come across.  They made guiding look easy, which it certainly isn't, and everything worked like clockwork.  Brilliant.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Understand the flight arrangements - we flew back trhough Miami which was horrendous - I would suggest ensuring your flight goes through a different airport!  Also, I wish I had known that your things are never carried by animals/people so it is OK to pack that extra pair of shoes and a couple of extra items of clothing, unlike other trips I have been on.Is there anything else you would like to add?Key to enjoying this trip is going with the flow - it was a very lively, fun group and we had a wonderful time with the guides - if you like a quiet solitary walk this might annoy you but we loved it!  Do all the optional activities.  Guatemala is an amazing country and this is a fantastic holiday.

  • Guatemalan Highlands & Volcanoes reviewer 6
    Written on March 18, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Volcanoes, beautiful scenery, incredible guides, wonderful local people, a great group and fantastic times - one of the best trips I have ever been on!  I would recommend this holiday to anyone.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?A few too many to mention: reaching the tops of the many volcanoes, swimming in Lake Atitlan, partying the night away with our guides, doing an Italian Job impression in a Bob Marley tuk tuk (you had to be there), boats, pick-ups and camping out in the highlands.  Sunrise over Lake Atitlan was probably one the real highlights, together with seeing Fuego erupting.  This trip really has something for everyone and only the most petty-minded could find anything to fault in it.What did you think of your group leader?Leadership on this holiday was outstanding.  We had two main guides: Pedro and Esteban, who were committed and fantastic company.  They made the holiday.  Also Miguelito, our local guide for a week of the trip was brilliant, not to mention hilarious - we even went to his house for dinner and met his family.  Some of the best guides I have ever come across.  They made guiding look easy, which it certainly isn't, and everything worked like clockwork.  Brilliant.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Understand the flight arrangements - we flew back trhough Miami which was horrendous - I would suggest ensuring your flight goes through a different airport!  Also, I wish I had known that your things are never carried by animals/people so it is OK to pack that extra pair of shoes and a couple of extra items of clothing, unlike other trips I have been on.Is there anything else you would like to add?Key to enjoying this trip is going with the flow - it was a very lively, fun group and we had a wonderful time with the guides - if you like a quiet solitary walk this might annoy you but we loved it!  Do all the optional activities.  Guatemala is an amazing country and this is a fantastic holiday.

  • Guatemalan Highlands & Volcanoes reviewer 7
    Written on January 3, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Action packed 2 weeks. Enthusiastic, dedicated and highly professional group leaders, awesome scenery, well planned route, fabulous food plus lots of nice surprises thrown in by the group leaders. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Dinner with a Sharman and her family before starting the trek.What did you think of your group leader?The group leaders were suberb. They were both very enthusiastic, professional and highly knowledgable. They worked extremely hard to show us the best their country has to offer and without them the trip would not have been half as good!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?If you have time it is worth extending your trip and heading up to Tikal. If you have more time still, it is worth heading to Belize to chill out (and let the blisters heal) before returning home.

  • Guatemalan Highlands & Volcanoes reviewer 8
    Written on January 3, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Action packed 2 weeks. Enthusiastic, dedicated and highly professional group leaders, awesome scenery, well planned route, fabulous food plus lots of nice surprises thrown in by the group leaders. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Dinner with a Sharman and her family before starting the trek.What did you think of your group leader?The group leaders were suberb. They were both very enthusiastic, professional and highly knowledgable. They worked extremely hard to show us the best their country has to offer and without them the trip would not have been half as good!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?If you have time it is worth extending your trip and heading up to Tikal. If you have more time still, it is worth heading to Belize to chill out (and let the blisters heal) before returning home.

  • Guatemalan Highlands & Volcanoes reviewer 9
    Written on November 9, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    A true trip of discovery and adventure. Made exceptional by the quality of the guides, welcome of local people and beautiful, varied scenery of the volcano hikes.  Not to mention the opportunity to visit unspoilt, isolated regions in this beautiful country.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Difficult to chose but the most memorable time was when the guides organised a suprise dinner cooked by a house in the local village.  They were able to russle up a dinner for 15 at short notice and produced some authentic dishes we helped to cook.   All the moments that we were able to spend with the locals were the most inspirational parts of the trip whether it be the football game with the kids in the highlands or the shaman ceremony for our safe travels. Getting to the top of Volcan Feugo after 7 hrs was also a great sense of achievement.What did you think of your group leader?Our two group guides made the trip truly special. Almost every day there was a suprise added onto our itinerary that often involved visits with local villagers providing insights into local life which we would never have been able to find ourselves.  Guides who obviously cared about their country and wanted to share it rather than just doing their job.  Very knowledgeable on history and local culture.  They always took extra care to ensure the group was happy, no matter what time of day and put the groups needs before their own. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The hikes are definetely challenging as mentioned in the itinerary.  A bit of training before going is a must.  It can get cold up in the highlands so a mix of warm and cool clothes necessary.  I wish I'd read more about Mayan culture and the countries history before since it would have made some of the visits more fascinating.Is there anything else you would like to add?Do go on this trip. I really can't fault it.  The hiking is very challenging at times and adventurous. The guides so lovely we found it hard to say goodbye to them.  Guatemala is really one of those rare unspoilt countries and we didn't feel it was remotely dangerous during our visit given the support of the guides.This was my first Exodus trip but having spoken to others I think its probably a real find since the way the tour is run gives you real insights and opportunities to see the local culture as well as have fantastic hikies.

  • Guatemalan Highlands & Volcanoes reviewer 10
    Written on November 9, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    A true trip of discovery and adventure. Made exceptional by the quality of the guides, welcome of local people and beautiful, varied scenery of the volcano hikes.  Not to mention the opportunity to visit unspoilt, isolated regions in this beautiful country.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Difficult to chose but the most memorable time was when the guides organised a suprise dinner cooked by a house in the local village.  They were able to russle up a dinner for 15 at short notice and produced some authentic dishes we helped to cook.   All the moments that we were able to spend with the locals were the most inspirational parts of the trip whether it be the football game with the kids in the highlands or the shaman ceremony for our safe travels. Getting to the top of Volcan Feugo after 7 hrs was also a great sense of achievement.What did you think of your group leader?Our two group guides made the trip truly special. Almost every day there was a suprise added onto our itinerary that often involved visits with local villagers providing insights into local life which we would never have been able to find ourselves.  Guides who obviously cared about their country and wanted to share it rather than just doing their job.  Very knowledgeable on history and local culture.  They always took extra care to ensure the group was happy, no matter what time of day and put the groups needs before their own. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The hikes are definetely challenging as mentioned in the itinerary.  A bit of training before going is a must.  It can get cold up in the highlands so a mix of warm and cool clothes necessary.  I wish I'd read more about Mayan culture and the countries history before since it would have made some of the visits more fascinating.Is there anything else you would like to add?Do go on this trip. I really can't fault it.  The hiking is very challenging at times and adventurous. The guides so lovely we found it hard to say goodbye to them.  Guatemala is really one of those rare unspoilt countries and we didn't feel it was remotely dangerous during our visit given the support of the guides.This was my first Exodus trip but having spoken to others I think its probably a real find since the way the tour is run gives you real insights and opportunities to see the local culture as well as have fantastic hikies.

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  1. Day 1: Start Antigua.
  2. Day 2: Pacaya Volcano hike (2570m).
  3. Day 3: To Panajachel and Lake Atitlan.
  4. Day 4: Short boat ride across Lake Atitlan followed by Cerro de Oro Volcano walk; transfer to San Juan la Laguna.
  5. Day 5: Free day in San Juan.
  6. Day 6: Lakeshore and climb up to highland plateau.
  7. Day 7: Spectacular ridge walk to San Marcos Peak.
  8. Day 8: Trek through mountains to Santa Catarina.
  9. Day 9: Sierra de Parraxquim walk.
  10. Day 10: Hike Zunil Volcano (3542m).
  11. Day 11: Visit Almolonga, Guatemala's largest vegetable market. Free afternoon to enjoy the hot springs.
  12. Day 12: Short walk to Cerro Quemado Volcano (3197m).
  13. Day 13: Hike Santa Maria Volcano (3772m); transfer to Antigua.
  14. Day 14: Free day in Antigua; optional visit to Finca El Pilar Reserve.
  15. Day 15: End Antigua.

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Recommended for Guatemala. Ideally 3 months before travel.
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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 333 km.
  • Guatemala City (Guatemala)
  • 23 km
  • Antigua (Guatemala)
  • 24 km
  • Volcan Pacaya (Guatemala)
  • 24 km
  • Antigua (Guatemala)
  • 52 km
  • Lake Atitlan (Guatemala)
  • 6 km
  • Panajachel (Guatemala)
  • 8 km
  • Cerro de Oro (Guatemala)
  • 13 km
  • San Juan La Laguna (Guatemala)
  • 17 km
  • Santa Catarina Palopo (Guatemala)
  • 38 km
  • Zunil (Guatemala)
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