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Volcanoes & Vistas of Mesoamerica.

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Volcanoes & Vistas of Mesoamerica.

Absolutely stunning hikes greet you on this adventurous 3 country tour. 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.

DAY 1

Meeting Day in Guatemala

Meet your fellow adventurers and tour leader at 6:00 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 Read more

Antigua, Guatemala
DAY 2

Hike Volcano Acatenango 3976M.

Departing around 5am 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 different climates and landscapes. Your legs will ache and your chest will burn 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! Approximately 12 hours. Returning to Antigua at approximately 5pm. Read more

Antigua
DAY 3

Rest day to explore Antigua

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!

Antigua
DAY 4

Travel to Quetzaltenango (Xela)

An early departure sees us leave Antigua for Guatemala’s 2nd 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 from Quetzaltenango to Lake Atitlan. Our highest point on the trek will be 3050M and it’s 42kms of beauty spread out over 3 days! Read more

Xela Hotel
DAY 5

1st day of hiking to Lake Atitlan

Get excited, this is the first day of our exciting hike to Lake Atitlan! How does a day like this sound?: 6:30am, we meet at the Quetzaltrekkers office for breakfast, then depart for the short bus ride to Xecam. We’ll start walking about 9:30, climbing gradually out of the Xela Valley. Approaching the cloud forest, we begin our descent around noon, stopping about 1:00 pm for lunch. More trekking this afternoon has us arriving at Santa Catarina around 4:30, followed by Temesal (a Mayan sauna experience!) About 6:30 we meet for drinks and dinner. Read more

Camping Santa Catarina
DAY 6

Santa Catalina to Don Pedros

Starting with a 7:00 am breakfast, we’ll walk out of Santa Catalina about 8 am. This morning will see us climb Record Hill and come to Ice Cream village (let your imagination run.) Lunch along the way will be at about 1 pm, followed by more trekking. About 3 pm, we begin crossing streams, and about 4:00 encounter the “cornfield of death (think: children of the corn), and arrive at our destination for the day, Xiprian at about 5:00 pm. An evening campfire after dinner at Don Pedro’s completes the day. Read more

Camping Xiprian
DAY 7

Sunrise over Lake Atitlan and San Pedro

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 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 hang out and enjoy Lake Atitlan until 2:00 pm when our bag drop arrives and we are transported to our hotel in Panajachel. Tonight we deserve an unforgettable dinner, so let’s meet at 7pm! Read more

Lake Atitlan Hotel
DAY 8

Lake Atitlan including Santiago&San Juan

Today we are going to take it down a notch and explore Lake Atitlan! ‘Lake Como it seems to me, touches on the limit of permissibly picturesque, but Atitlán is Como with additional embellishments of several immense volcanoes. It really is too much of a good thing’. A leisurely departure of around 9:00 am, our boat will be waiting! 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 middle of the lake to Santiago, where we will wander through the town checking out the local markets and locals going about their everyday lives. From Santiago we will head to San Juan, which is famous for it’s paintings and some unforgettable coffee! We’ll finish up back in Panajachel for some last minute shopping around 2pm. Read more

Tortuguero National Park
DAY 9

Travel to El Salvador

We’re heading to Santa Ana, El Salvador today. The journey is approximately 7 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.

Santa Ana
DAY 10

Hike Santa Ana Volcano 2381M

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 leave around 7:00 am, returning around 5:00 pm. You deserve the cold beers that are waiting and the pupusas that will fill your belly!

Santa Ana
DAY 11

Travel into Nicaragua

Today we are heading all the way 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!

Potosi Camping
DAY 12

Hike up Volcan Cosigüina 859 metres

Once again, our day starts early, to avoid the intense heat. At 5:00 am we are at the breakfast table; by 5:40 we start the hike. By 2:00 pm we return to Potosi where we’ll be treated to a relaxing dip in the hot springs. Then, by 6:00 pm we’ll be back in 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. Read more

Leon Hotel
DAY 13

Rest Day to explore Leon

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!

Leon
DAY 14

Volcano Boarding @ Cerro Negro 728M

An 8:00 am departures and a 30-minute drive takes us out of Leon to the base of our hike, to get ready for a 40- to 60-minute hike up to the crater of Central Americas youngest (but active) volcano! It’s an easy hike but a little unsteady. Once we get to the top, well have time to take in some beautiful views, suit up and nail this puppy! Speeds of up to 80km/h can be reached as we board down – not even joking! If you don’t want to board you also have the option to hike back down. Return by 12 noon for lunch. Then we’ll head for our second tour of the day, the Twilight Tour @ Telica, 1016M (easy). A 1.5-hour drive out of Leon in a 4WD (we need it) will take us a little past the base of Telica! From there it’s an unsteady hour hike up to the crater. After a brief exploration we’ll head over and perch ourselves for a stunning sunset! We return to Leon around 9:00 pm for a well-deserved final dinner! Read more

Leon
DAY 15

Farewell Morning

That wraps up your unforgettable tour! If you are flying out today, please refer to your tour leader for the best way to get to the airport.

Leon

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Antigua
Day 4
Location Quetzaltenango (Xela)
Day 5
Location Santa Catarina
Hotel Camping
Day 6
Location Xiprian
Hotel Camping
Day 7
Location Lake Atitlan
Day 9
Location Santa Ana
Day 11
Location Potosi
Hotel Camping
Day 12
Location Leon

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Tour Leader throughout
  • Local guides
  • Information services
  • Entrance fees
  • 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.

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular 76fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

More information

  • You must be fit and ready for uphill trekking during this trip.
  • Although we make every effort to provide the listed hotels, they may vary according to availability and our discretion.
  • If you are interested in a private tour on any of our listed dates or alternate dates, please contact us with your date and how many people in the group and we will provide a customized quote for you.

REVIEWS

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Andrea, Canada

We saw so much wildlife, & the fact that local guides were at no extra cost made a big difference to the things we saw. Other people without local guides walk right past things that our guides showed us, also very helpful getting great photos. Our tour guide was fabulous. Accommodations were great!

Kelly Brewer, Australia

I recently returned from a trip to Costa Rica and am beyond satisfied with the service provided. Everything was super straightforward and we were well looked after from the second we booked our trip. We had really lovely accommodation, reliable transport that ran on time and some delicious meals...

Shendra B, Canada

The West Adventures trip to Costa Rica was better than expected. Beautiful country, excellent guides. Excellent, experienced host guide, Becky. We saw almost all the animals. had wonderful adventures, zipline, exciting river cruise through Tortuguero National Park, a day at the hotsprings.

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