Our Rock Climbing trip will see you travel out to La Muela (literally: the Molar), an extinct lava field located in the Almolonga Valley, just outside of Xela. La Muela’s bizarre landscape of chunky rock pillars and great viewing points looking back down on the city make for a uniquely beautiful backdrop. In addition to offering some of the best bolted climbing routes in the Guatemala (5.5 – 5.13+), the area is also an important sacred site, attracting hundreds of pilgrims everyday from all over the country. The constant wailings and chants of the religious devotees below only add to the surreal nature of the place.
The trip includes a breakfast in the Quetzaltrekkers office and lunch on the volcanic plateau. While the exact schedule depends on the season and the desires of the climbers, we usually meet at our office at seven in the morning and spend as much time on the walls as the weather (and our muscles) will allow.
We take people with a range of climbing abilities on this trip: from first-timers right through to professionals. Our experienced volunteer guides know the walls well and will take you on those routes that suit your ability-level. Novices should keep in mind, however, that climbing takes a certain amount of skill and strength and there is a limited range of super-easy climbs on offer.
What to bring:*
*Don’t have all this stuff? No problem- we can lend you everything you don’t have.
Do have some of this stuff but don’t want to carry it anymore? Consider leaving it as an equipment donation! Quetzaltrekkers relies on the generosity of individuals and companies for equipment.