Nebaj - Todos Santos

A unique 5-day adventure through the remote Cuchumatanes Mountains region.

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This journey will take you through the remote villages of the Guatemalan altiplano towards the World Heritage Site of Todos Santos. This spectacular 5-day trip explores changing scenery, multiple language zones, and the highest non-volcanic peak in Central America.

The trek begins in Nebaj in the Ixil Triangle, an area subjected to some of the worst atrocities of the civil war. After a visit to a cheese farm and a chance to use a Mayan temascal, we will spend the next days hiking through mountain villages and river valleys, staying with local families. This area holds much of Guatemala’s war history, and trekkers can expect to hear personal stories and histories about Guatemala, the region’s many diverse Mayan cultures, and the armed conflict.

After ascending to La Torre, the highest peak of the Cuchamatanes with unbelievable views, we will descend down to the fascinating town of Todos Santos, known for its namesake festival in November, with a unique blend of thousands of years of Mam history, Spanish conquest and war impact, and modern migration stories. After spending the night resting and eating in Todos Santos, we will return to Xela on the last day.

Please note that this trek must be booked with by 11am the day prior to departure. All requests to book made after this time are not guaranteed and will incur a Q50 late fee.

**There is a mandatory pre-trip meeting at 7:00pm the evening prior to the trek’s departure. Here, you will meet your guides and fellow trekkers, borrow any gear you may need, receive communal gear, finalize payment, and more.**

Trip Details

Departure Time & Location

Quetzaltrekkers Office, Xela (At Casa Argentina hostel)

Arrival Time & Location

Quetzaltrekkers Office, Xela (At Casa Argentina hostel)

What to bring

Hiking Backpack (>50L); Sleeping Bag; Sleeping Mat; Hiking Shoes; Hiking Clothes; Warm Clothes; Rain Jacket/Poncho;  Swimsuit and Towel; Headlamp; 2-3 Liters Water; Communal Food Items

What is included

What’s not included

Frequently asked questions

Where do we sleep?

We sleep indoors with homestays; conditions vary, so a sleeping bag and mat are recommended to carry during the trek.

Will I need to bring food and water?

No, we provide plenty of food throughout your whole trek, and purified drinking water. 

What if I have dietary needs?

We accommodate dietary restrictions. All our trek food is vegetarian, and we can arrange for any other considerations as needed. Please let us know of any dietary needs that we should be aware of when you book the trek.

Can I bathe on the trek?

You will have the opportunity for two mayan temascal saunas on the hike, as well as a shower on the final evening.

Can I store personal luggage not needed for the trek in Xela?

Yes, we have a secure, locked room in which you may store your luggage.

How can I pay for the trek?

You can pay any remaining balance at our office during the pre-trek meeting on the night before the hike. We accept cash quetzales, or cards with a 3% fee.


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