Absolutely stunning hikes greet you on this adventurous three-country trip. From the UNESCO protected Antigua, Guatemala, through highlands to the stunningly picturesque Lake Atitlan, we will be greeted by friendly locals, steep hills and lush mountains. We will then pass through to Santa Ana, El Salvador to take on their biggest volcano. We then escape to Nicaragua for more volcano action, finishing in the authentically colonial city of Leon. An unforgettable tour that will challenge you, embrace you and make you want to do it all again.
Style: TREK WEST
Duration: 15 days/14 nights
Departure City: Antigua, Guatemala Ending City: Leon, Nicaragua
Accommodations: hotels (11 nights), camping (3 nights)
Transportation: private mini bus, boats, hiking
Leaders: Tour leader, local guides on hikes
Included meals: 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Included Activities: Full day Acatenango hike, 2 night/3 day trek from Quetzaltenango (Xela) to Lake Atitlan, boat trip on Lake Atitlan, Santa Ana hike in El Salvador, Rum tasting, Telica Twilight and Cerro Negro in Leon, Nicaragua.
Day 1: Meet your fellow adventurers and tour leader at 6 pm at the joining hotel in Antigua, Guatemala.
Day 2: We have an early start today to conquer Volcano Acatenango. She is big, at almost 4000 metres. This is by no means an easy day; however, the views that we are going to see will be incredibly worth it!
Day 3: Today is a rest day in Antigua. This city is perfect to just watch the world go by if you didn’t fancy anything planned. But there are lots of options if you don’t want to just rest: cooking classes, city tours, massages and more.
Day 4: Today we take a quick drive to Guatemala’s second largest city. Quetzaltenango (Xela) is worth spending a bit of time in. Tonight we have an orientation with our friends, Quetzaltrekkers, to prepare for our three-day trek.
Day 5: We start early for a big day ahead. The landscape we’ll see is impressive but worth the tender feet we’ll have tonight. We hit our highest elevation at 3050 meters early this afternoon. Tonight we stay with a family, but in specific quarters for us hikers. We might even get a Temezcal (Mayan Sauna).
Day 6: We stay high this morning but, after lunch, begin our descent. We go through many different, truly magical, landscapes today. Tonight we stay with another family, for an amazing meal, toasted marshmallows and a well deserved “Gallo”.
Day 7: A very early wake-up gets us to our sunrise point in time to settle in and watch the absolutely breathtaking show that is about to take place. We will have views to Volcanoes Atitlan, San Pedro, Tolliman, Acatenango, Fuego and Agua! After the show we make our way down to the shores of Lake Atitlan and on to Panajachel.
Day 8: Today is an easy day. A leisurely departure takes us on a boat tour of Lake Atitlan. We will visit three villages on the lake and take in the best art works, coffee and culture there is on offer.
Day 9: We’re heading to Santa Ana, El Salvador today. The journey is about seven hours. Think of it as a rest day in preparation for tomorrow’s challenge.
Day 10: Another day, another impressive volcano to conquer, El Salvador’s highest! This is another full day of hiking. You deserve the cold drinks that await us on our return and the pupusas that will fill our bellies.
Day 11: Today we travel all the way to Potosi, Nicaragua, which will be the base for our hike tomorrow of Volcano Cosiguina. Beautiful vistas all the way!
Day 12: We start the day early, to beat the heat and climb Volcano Cosiguina. Compared to the volcanoes we have climbed, she will be one of the easier ones. Then we’ll drive several hours to Leon where, after dinner, we’ll head out for some rum tasting.
Day 13: We have a rest and discovery day today. Leon is an awesomely authentic Nicaraguan city, so if you want to do more than just rest, there are many options!
Day 14: A morning departure to take on Cerro Negro (hiking up and either hiking or boarding down), returns us to Leon for lunch. Then we set off early afternoon for our Telica Twilight tour. This will include sunset on her side, crater-side photos and a possibility of seeing some red hot lava! We’ll want to celebrate our accomplishments tonight!
Day 15: The tour ends today unless you have booked one of our glorious add-ons: to Granada, Ometepe or both.
Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation. All travellers will be matched up with another traveller of the same gender. If you would prefer a room to yourself there will be a single supplement charged and single rooms are subject to availability.
If you prefer to have a room to yourself, you must select “Single Supplement” when making your booking. If you wish to room with someone specific who has made a separate booking please advise us of your roommate’s name in the special requests box or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Add-on 1: Single Supplement – $TBA.00