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Volcanoes & Vistas of Mesoamerica‎

  • Days / nights15 / 14
  • PRICE (Starting at) CA$2575

Day 1

Meet your fellow adventurers and tour leader at 6 pm at the joining hotel in Antigua, Guatemala.
Be sure to have your insurance documents and passports available for presentation to your tour leader. After your tour briefing, you may want to go out together for dinner at one of the many renowned restaurants nearby.

Overnight: Antigua Hotel

Day 2

Hike Volcano Acatenango 3976M. Difficult challenge
Departing around 5 am after a good breakfast, we’ll drive about an hour to begin our hike. You have been training for this and you know the rewards will be huge once we go through our three phases of the climb. Along the way, we’ll pass through several different climates and landscapes. Your legs will ache but with views to Volcanos Atitlan, Toliman, San Pedro, Santa Maria, Santo Tomas, Tajamulco and our smoking friend, Volcano Fuego, at the summit, you won’t regret it! The approximate duration of the excursion is 12 hours, returning to Antigua for dinner time.

Overnight: Antigua Hotel

Included meals: breakfast

Included activities: Volcano Acatenango climb

Day 3

Today is a rest day and you deserve it! Take in a day of exploring this unique cobblestoned city with a tour or just spend your time at leisure. We can also arrange cooking classes, chocolate making classes, massages and more.

Overnight: Antigua Hotel

Included meals: breakfast

Included activities: sight-seeing

Day 4

An early departure sees us leave Antigua for Guatemala’s second largest city, Quetzaltenango (Xela).
We will check into our hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure before meeting up with the rest of our trekking buddies at Quetzaltrekkers for a briefing of our hike to Lake Atitlan. Our highest point on the trek will be 3050 meters and it is 42 kms of beauty spread out over three days.

Overnight: Xela Hotel

Included meals: breakfast

Day 5

Get excited! This is the first day of our hike to Lake Atitlan.
We meet at the Quetzaltrekkers office for breakfast, then depart for the short bus ride to Xecam. We start walking about 9:30 am, climbing gradually out of the Xela Valley. Approaching the cloud forest, we begin our descent around noon, stopping for lunch shortly after. This morning has us arriving at Santa Catarina, were we may be treated to a Temesal (a Mayan sauna experience). This evening we meet for drinks and dinner.

Overnight: Camping Santa Catarina (shared)

Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Included activities: trekking

Day 6

This morning will see us climb Record Hill and come to Ice Cream village; let your imagination run! This afternoon we begin crossing streams, and encounter the “cornfield of death” (think: children of the corn). We arrive at our destination for the day, Xiprian in the early evening. An evening campfire after dinner at Don Pedro’s completes the day.

Overnight: Camping Xiprian (shared)

Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Included activities: trekking

Day 7

A very early rise this morning sees us walking to the lookout over Lake Atitlan for a breakfast view over the lake at sunrise. A truly magical experience. After breakfast, we start our descent, arriving mid-morning in San Juan La Laguna for a stop at La Voz Coffee Cooperative for a fresh cup. A short time later we arrive in San Pedro, eat lunch at El Fondeadero, a restaurant on the water. We enjoy Lake Atitlan until our bags arrive and we are transported to our hotel in Panajachel. Tonight we deserve an unforgettable dinner.

Overnight: Lake Atitlan Hotel

Included meals: breakfast

Included activities: trekking

Day 8

Today we are going to take it down a notch and explore Lake Atitlan. Our boat will be waiting for our leisurely departure this morning! We will head first to the village of Santa Catarina (a different one), where we will enjoy some of the gorgeous artwork on offer. After that, we will go straight across the lake to Santiago, where we will wander through the town checking out the local markets and everyday lives of the locals. From Santiago we will head to San Juan, famous for it’s paintings and some unforgettable coffee. We’ll finish up back in Panajachel for some last minute shopping this afternoon.

Overnight: Lake Atitlan Hotel

Included meals: breakfast

Included activities: boat tour

Day 9

We’re heading to Santa Ana, El Salvador today. The journey is approximately seven hours. Think of it as a rest day, because tomorrow we are going to conquer El Salvador’s highest volcano! Enjoy the scenery along the way.

Overnight: Santa Ana Hotel

Included meals: breakfast

Included activities: none

Day 10

Hike Santa Ana Volcano 2381M. Medium challenge
Today we’ll head out early to beat the heat and get on up Volcano Santa Ana, the highest volcano El Salvador has to offer. We will deserve the cold drinks that are waiting and the pupusas that will fill your belly.

Overnight: Santa Ana Hotel

Included meals: breakfast

Included activities: Volcano Santa Ana climb

Day 11

Today we travel to Potosi, Nicaragua, which will be the base for tomorrow’s hike of Volcano Cosiguina. We will be using our own private bus and today’s trip will include a fabulous water border crossing.

Overnight: Potosi Camping

Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Included activities: none

Day 12

Hike up Volcan Cosigüina 859 metres (medium)
Once again, our day starts early, to avoid the intense heat. We will complete our hike relatively early and return to Potosi by early afternoon, where we’ll be treated to a relaxing dip in the hot springs. Then we’re on the road again, returning to Leon for a good shower, packing and dinner. But you can’t come to Nicaragua and not taste the rum. That’s why we’ve included the “rum tasting challenge” for this evening.

Overnight: Leon Hotel

Included meals: breakfast

Included activities: hike up Volcan Cosiguina, hot springs dip, rum tasting challenge

Day 13

Today is a rest day. Take in a city tour and understand more about this fabulous city and the rich history and culture of Nicaragua. We can arrange massages for today, too, if you are feeling weary because one more great day of hiking still awaits.

Overnight: Leon Hotel

Included meals: breakfast

Included activities: city tour

Day 14

Volcano Boarding down Cerro Negro 728M. Easy challenge
A 30-minute drive takes us out of Leon to the base of Cerro Negro. It’s an easy 40- to 60-minute hike up to the crater of Central Americas youngest (but active) volcano. Once we get to the top, we’ll take in some beautiful views, suit up and take on this challenge. Speeds of up to 80km/h can be reached as we board down! Those who don’t want to board you also have the option to hike back down. After lunch we’ll head for our second tour of the day, the Twilight Tour at Telica, 1016M (easy). It is a 90-minute drive by 4WD to reach the base, then an unsteady one-hour hike up to the crater. After a brief exploration we’ll perch ourselves for a stunning sunset! We return to Leon late for a well-deserved final dinner!

Overnight: Leon Hotel

Included meals: breakfast

Included activities: Cerro Negro hik, Volcano boarding, Telica Twilight tour

Day 15

That wraps up your unforgettable trip. We know that you have had a challenging and fabulous time.
If you are flying out today, please refer to your tour leader for the best way to get to the airport.

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