6 days (4 hiking)
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Join us for the incredible 6-day Nebaj to Todos Santos trek! Starting in the 2000-year-old Mayan mountain city of Nebaj, we’ll walk through the remote rural villages of the Cuchumatanes mountains, an incredible variety of natural landscapes, staying with local families along the way. On the final day, we ascend to the highest non-volcanic point in Central America, La Torre, which stands at 3870m, before descending into Todos Santos, our final destination. Perhaps one of the most authentic cities of rural Guatemala, both the men and women of Todos Santos still wear the traditional traje of their ancestors, which make for a colorful and distinctive character that you can’t find anywhere else! After a night of much needed relaxation, we return to Xela bright and early, to arrive by lunchtime.

Please note that all treks must be booked by 11am the day prior to the departure to avoid a 50Q late fee.

DEPARTURE & RETURN LOCATION Xela (Casa Argentina hostel)

7:00am, every other Tuesday


10-11am, the following Sunday


Hiking shoes, hiking clothes, warm change of clothes, rain gear, hat, gloves, backpack (40-50L), sleeping mat, sleeping bag (0 deg), sunscreen, swimsuit and towel (opt), headlamp

* If you need to borrow any of these items, we have them here for you included in the price


5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners, snacks, 5 nights of lodging (2 hostels and 3 homestays), guides, gear, 2 temascals (traditional Mayan saunas), transport

WHAT’S NOT alcohol, sunscreen

Day 1

  • 7:00am—meet at Quetzaltrekkers office for breakfast
  • 9:00am—take bus from Xela to Santa Cruz del Quiché
  • 11:30am—arrive in Santa Cruz, have a snack
  • 12:00pm—take bus from Santa Cruz to Nebaj
  • 2:30pm—arrive at Popi’s Hostel in Nebaj
  • 3:00pm—lunch
  • 4:00pm—walk around town
  • 7:00pm—dinner at Popi’s

Day 2

  • 7:00am—breakfast at Popi’s
  • 8:00am—start walking
  • 11:00am—arrive in the village of Acul, talk about the Civil War
  • 11:45am—stop at Mil Amores cheese farm, admire the views and buy some cheese
  • 1:00pm—stop for lunch
  • 4:00pm—arrive in Xexecom, our destination for the night
  • 4:30pm—use a temascal—a traditional Mayan sauna
  • 6:00pm—eat dinner with a local family

Day 3

  • 4:00am—start walking up the 87 switchbacks
  • 5:30am—switchbacks are done! Watch the sunrise and eat breakfast
  • 8:00am—reach the altiplano, the remote mountain plateau that features striking landscapes and views
  • 12:30pm—lunch
  • 3:30pm—arrive at Don Roberto’s house in Pueblo Paujil País for the night
  • 6:00pm—dinner

Day 4

  • 7:00am—breakfast in Paujil País
  • 9:00am—arrive at El Río Pericón for a quick dip
  • 10:00am—leave El Pericón, spend two hours hiking through a valley with incredible views
  • 12:30pm—eat lunch, hike some more
  • 2:30pm—get a bus to La Ventosa
  • 3:30pm—arrive at Don Jeronimo’s house in La Ventosa, meet the family
  • 4:30pm—use a temascal
  • 6:00pm—dinner

Day 5

  • 7:00am—eat breakfast in La Ventosa
  • 8:00am—start hiking up towards La Torre
  • 10:00am—reach the top of La Torre, a 250m climb from the beginning of the day
  • 11:00am—begin descent from La Torre, down 1300m
  • 12:30pm—mountainside lunch
  • 2:00pm—reach the edge of Todos Santos
  • 3:30pm—arrive at our final night of lodging, Casa Familiar in downtown Todos Santos
  • 7:00pm—dinner

Day 6

  • 5:00am—take shuttle out of Todos Santos
  • 7:00am—pass through Huehuetenango, have a quick snack
  • 10-11am—arrive in Xela at Quetzaltrekkers office, return gear, say goodbyes

la maceta lunch
Switchback sunrise