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Guatemala’s Magnificent Seven Guided Walking Holiday
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Tour Summary


Hike to the summits of 7 different volcanoes

· Trekking up Tajumulco, Central America`s highest peak
· Great value with all meals included
· Chill out and relax in Antigua and Lake Atitlan
· A trekking holiday in Guatemala that explodes with local colour

10 nights hotels and lodges, 4 nights camping, 14 days walking and sightseeing, Max altitude – 4220 metres, Join in Antigua, MEAL PLAN: All meals included

Tour Introduction


West of Guatemala City, the highland area of the altiplano is bounded to the south by a string of impressive volcanic peaks.

Rich in Maya culture and blessed with a wonderful climate, this picturesque region is the focus of our great volcano trekking holiday extravaganza.

Setting out from the charming Spanish colonial city of Antigua, we begin our trekking holiday in Guatemala with ascents of the spectacularly active Fuego (3760m) and dormant Acatenango (3976m) volcanoes. Camping on top of the latter, we have tremendous dawn views of the surrounding volcanoes and of the distant Pacific Ocean.

Transferring to the peaceful Quiche Indian town of Quetzaltenango, we climb Santa Maria (3772m) for a birds eye view over the fiery Volcan Santiaguto and Volcan Zunil (3542m) where we have another spectacular ridge top camp. Our penultimate objective is Tajumulco (4220m), the highest point in Central America.

Having earned a little rest and relaxation, we spend 2 nights on the shores of the breathtakingly beautiful Lake Atitlan, before climbing our final volcano, San Pedro (3040m) overlooking the lake. Guatemala is a great trekking destination and has a freshness that will appeal to any adventure traveller.

Day-by-Day Walking Holiday Itinerary


Day 1: Arrive in Guatemala

Rendezvous at group hotel. Single timed airport transfer. Services begin with the overnight. Hotel.

Day 2: Spanish Colonial City visit

A day for sightseeing in this fascinating old Spanish Colonial city, now a World Heritage Site. Hotel.

Day 3: Guatemala City

Our volcano odyssey begins with a short but exciting ascent of smoking Pacaya overlooking Guatemala City. We reach a high point of approximately 2100 metres on this very active volcano before returning to Antigua. Overnight in the group hotel.

Day 4: Acatenango

Driving to the small settlement of La Soledad we begin our ascent of Acatenango (3975m). Our overnight halt is spectacularly located just below the summit on the saddle between Acatenango and Fuego. Here we have awesome views of Fuego’s eruptions. Camp.

Day 5: Fuego

After admiring the sunrise and a hearty breakfast we ascend Fuego to a safe distance for viewing its regular eruptions and return to the saddle where we camp at the same campsite for a second night.

Day 6: Antigua

A long dusty descent from the col to our waiting transport and we transfer to Antigua. The afternoon is free to further enjoy this charming town. Hotel.

Day 7: Quetzaltenango

We have a scenic drive across the highlands to reach Guatemala’s second city of Quetzaltenango. Hotel.

Day 8: Volcan Zunil

Our next summit is Volcan Zunil (3542m). After a short drive to Xecam, follow an undulating ridge line to a spectacular camp high on the ridge overlooking the Xela Highlands.

Day 9: Hot springs of Fuente Georginas

After an early breakfast we continue climbing the ridge to the summit of Volcan Zunil. We descend through cloud and bamboo forest into the Zunil Valley and we visit the hot springs of Fuente Georginas. Return to hotel in Quetzaltenango.

Day 10: Santa Maria

Our next objective is Santa Maria (3770m). We make an early start for the 5 hour trek and aim to reach the summit by lunchtime. We have a bird’s eye view into the fiery crater of the nearby active Volcan Santiaguto and after lunch we descend back to our hotel in Quetzaltenango.

Day 11: Tuican climb Tajumulco

A longish day to reach the highest point in Central America. Beginning with a drive to the village of Tuican, we climb Tajumulco and descend to a camp (c.3000m).

Day 12: Lake Atitlan

After a short trek we transfer to Lake Atitlan. From the colourful Indian town of Panajachal we take a boat to our hotel, the Casa del Mundo.

Day 13: San Pedro

The final volcano of this volcano tour is San Pedro (3040m) which gives us breathtaking views over the Lake. We return to the Casa del Mundo. Hotel.

Day 14: Panajachal to Antigua

We take a boat back to Panajachal and transfer to Antigua. We have a final afternoon and evening to enjoy the many bars and street cafes. Hotel accomodation.

Day 15: Departure

Single timed airport transfer in the morning. Services end.

Is this holiday for you?

The length and difficulty of each of the objectives in this holiday varies considerably and it is therefore not easy to pin to a particular grade. The overall grade we have given this holiday takes into account a number of factors including the overall length of the trip, the facilities available, and the ease with which it is possible to opt out of various sections of the itinerary.

The approaches to the volcanoes on the ‘Magnificent Seven’ are generally easy, following established trails through coffee plantation, forest or jungle. However, the ascents of the volcanoes themselves present quite challenging hikes even to regular hillwalkers.

All of the volcanoes except Pacaya and Fuego present a considerable amount of ascent and descent (between 1200 and 1700 metres of ascent), sometimes on steep and/or loose ground. We do have porter or pack-horse support during those days when we are camping which means you will not be carrying heavy packs on any of these ascents.

Map & Route Information

Important Information
West of Guatemala City, the highland area of the altiplano is bounded to the south by a string of impressive volcanic peaks. Rich in Maya culture and blessed with a wonderful climate, this picturesque region is the focus of our great volcano trekking holiday extravaganza.

Setting out from the charming Spanish colonial city of Antigua, we begin our trekking holiday in Guatemala with ascents of the spectacularly active Fuego (3760m) and dormant Acatenango (3976m) volcanoes.

Camping on top of the latter, we have tremendous dawn views of the surrounding volcanoes and of the distant Pacific Ocean.

Transferring to the peaceful Quiche Indian town of Quetzaltenango, we climb Santa Maria (3772m) for a birds eye view over the fiery Volcan Santiaguto and Volcan Zunil (3542m) where we have another spectacular ridge top camp.

Our penultimate objective is Tajumulco (4220m), the highest point in Central America.

Having earned a little rest and relaxation, we spend 2 nights on the shores of the breathtakingly beautiful Lake Atitlan, before climbing our final volcano, San Pedro (3040m) overlooking the lake.

Guatemala is a great trekking destination and has a freshness that will appeal to any adventure traveller.

Where is the starting point of the holiday?

Tour Information

Holiday Information


What’s Included?

• An experienced English-speaking local leader
• Single timed Guatemala Airport transfers in each direction
• All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
• All meals
• All transport involved in the itinerary
• All camping equipment (excluding personal equipment)

What’s Not Included

• Travel Insurance
• Tips for staff
• Guatemala Airport transfers (other than single timed group transfers)
• Airport departure tax (depending on airline)
• Miscellaneous expenses – drinks and souvenirs etc

Meal Plan

All meals are included in the holiday price from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 15.

Accommodation

During this trip the group will spend a total of 8 nights in comfortable tourist hotels in Antigua and Quetzaltenango, and 2 nights at the excellent Casa del Mundo on the shores of Lake Atitlan.

There will also be a total of 4 nights camping.

Accommodation is allocated on a twin-sharing basis and if you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex.

Depending on availability, it may be possible to book single accommodation.

For additional hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website.

Holiday Grading

The length and difficulty of each of the objectives in this holiday varies considerably and it is therefore not easy to pin to a particular grade.

The overall grade we have given this holiday takes into account a number of factors including the overall length of the trip, the facilities available, and the ease with which it is possible to opt out of various sections of the itinerary.

The approaches to the volcanoes on the ‘Magnificent Seven’ are generally easy, following established trails through coffee plantation, forest or jungle. However, the ascents of the volcanoes themselves present quite challenging hikes even to regular hillwalkers.

All of the volcanoes except Pacaya and Fuego present a considerable amount of ascent and descent (between 1200 and 1700 metres of ascent), sometimes on steep and/or loose ground. We do have porter or pack-horse support during those days when we are camping which means you will not be carrying heavy packs on any of these ascents.

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Guatemala’s Magnificent Seven, 15 days, 14 nights,
10 nights hotels and lodges with 4 nights camping.

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Holiday Price: £Call
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