8 Days
Duration
Guatemala
Location
moderate
Physicality
Adventure Guatemala
Operator
$1,099
base price per person

Multisport Adventure in Guatemala

Explore mountainous Guatemala by mountain bike, kayak and on foot on an eight-day adventure. Discover its natural beauty as you climb volcanoes, paddle on Central America’s deepest lake and pedal through colorful villages. Reclaim your adventurous side, camp on the slopes of a volcano and stroll the cobblestone streets of colonial Antigua on an unforgettable journey.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival

A shuttle bus will pick you up from the airport and take you to three-star Hotel El Carmen Suites, roughly 45 minutes away. A few blocks from the hotel is the central plaza where you can explore colorful cobblestone Antigua with its many markets, cafes, restaurants and bars.
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Day 2: Explore Almolonga Valley on Two Wheels

Today, we get on our bikes and stop along the way to explore churches, Spanish colonial ruins, markets and an experimental macadamia farm in Almolonga Valley. Meet at the Old Town at 9:00 am before we head south to the beautiful villages and towns next to the impressive 11,500 ft Agua Volcano, 5 to 10 km from the city of Antigua.
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Day 3: Hike Pacaya Volcano

Discover one of Guatemala’s most active volcanoes, the 2,552m high Pacaya, on foot. We’ll drive one hour before beginning our 1.5-2 hour climb to the constantly smoking crater where you can soak in the view and explore the lunar-like landscape of the vast dried lava fields. We’ll have a picnic during the day and snack on marshmallows that we’ll toast on the active heat vents.
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Day 4: Bike Around Lake Atitlan

Today, we’ll continue on our bikes to explore beautiful Lake Atitlan and its surrounding volcanoes. We’ll stop for a picnic along the way and discover the lakeside town of Panajachel and its market before taking a boat to Hotel La Casa del Mundo. The charming lakefront hotel is perched on the cliff-side and from there you can enjoy gorgeous views of the lake and its towering volcanoes.
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Day 5: Kayak and Hike by Lake Atitlan

After waking up to gorgeous views of the lake and its towering volcanoes, we’ll begin our morning with the adventure of open-water kayaking on Lake Atitlan’s deep blue-green volcanic waters. Our paddle will take us along the northern shore and beneath the towering hills. After a couple hours on the water, we’ll switch our paddles for our hiking shoes and walk along the cliff- side trails high above the lake. The hike will take us through local towns and complete the spectacular trilogy of viewpoints by bike, kayak, and foot.
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Day 6: Camp on Acatenango Volcano

Our morning begins with a scenic transport up Acatenango’s slopes, and into the small, sleepy mountain village of La Soledad (2390m). Our five-hour hike takes us through a myriad of changing microclimates and provides many scenic views of the surrounding countryside. We will spend the night in our private campsite, bench cut into the side of Acatenango and overlooking the nearby Fuego Volcano, just 4km away. Fuego is the most constantly erupting volcano in recorded history, and during our night in camp, we will have plenty of time to appreciate the incredible sights and sounds of its eruptions.
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Day 7: Reach Acatenango’s Summit

After an early rise to enjoy the sunrise over the Antigua Valley, we will start our last push to Acatenango’s summit (3,975m). We ascend on sand and gravel scree-trail dotted with dwarf pines, taking in incredible views the whole way up. Atop the impressively large summit, we enjoy unparalleled 360-degree views of the entirety of the Guatemalan Highlands, including the peaks that make up the volcanic spine of Guatemala, stretching all the way to Mexico. Then we will hike the 3 hours down to the local community of La Soledad, where we will meet our transport and drive back to Antigua. You’ll have the whole afternoon to explore Antigua, do some last minute shopping, or just relax back at the hotel. Enjoy the many fine dining options in Antigua for your last night.
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Day 8: Departure

A shuttle will meet you at your hotel to take you to the airport.

Overview

TOUR DATES 2017 12 – 19 August 2017
9 – 16 September 2017
14 – 21 October 2017
11 – 18 November 2017
17 – 24 November 2017
9 – 16 December 2017
ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE LOCATION Antigua, Guatemala
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS  Hike two volcanos
 Camp on the slopes of a volcano
 Bike tour around the Panchoy Valley
Bike and Kayak on Lake Atitlan
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site Antigua
INCLUDED Accommodation in hotel rooms and 1 camp night
Guides
Camping gear (sleeping pad, tent, sleeping bag
Mountain bike and helmet rental
Daily breakfast, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
Airport and roundtrip transfers
Kayaking gear rental
All relevant entrance fees
NOT INCLUDED Flights to/from destination
Entrance fees during visits
Optional porters ($25 per way)
Guide gratuities
Travel insurance (recommended)

 We recommend that you pack:

Sunglasses
Warm gloves
50L Hiking pack
Large dry-bag or pack liner
Headlamp and spare batteries
Sunscreen
Two 1L water bottles / camel bak
Toiletries
Swimwear
Small towel
Basic First Aid Kit
Boots
Camp shoes or athletic shoes
3 pairs hiking socks
Synthetic trekking/hiking trousers
Rain pants
Underwear
Base-layer shirts
Fleece jacket or warm jumper
Rain jacket
Sun hat
Warm hat/beanie

General info:

Old Town Outfitters supplies porters to carry the group’s kitchen gear and food. Participants will be expected to carry their portion of gear*, personal effects and water on the treks. If clients are interested in porter services we can contract on their behalf a porter to carry their load. Porters can carry up to 40 lbs (18 kg) and cost $25 per way.

*Your portion of the tent and bedroll. We will split tents evenly between tent-mates so everyone carries a little bit.

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