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.**