Xela - Lago Atitlán
The unforgettable three day trek from Xela to Lake Atitlán, the jewel of the Guatemalan highlands.
Join us on this incredible three day trek from Xela to Lake Atitlán! Experience the best of the volcanic highlands along this unique natural and cultural adventure, ending with a stunning sunrise over the lake.
We spend our evenings in local Mayan communities where you can use a temescal (traditional Mayan sauna) on the first night and enjoy a home cooked meal with a homestay on the second. At pre-dawn on Day 3, we will awake to watch the sunrise over the beautiful Lake Atitlan while enjoying breakfast at the mirador. From there, we will descend into San Juan La Laguna where you may enjoy a local coffee or other snack before we transit to nearby San Pedro La Laguna.
After enjoying lunch and swimming at a waterside restaurant, you will receive your additional luggage and be welcome to continue on to the rest of your travels. We cannot imagine a better nor more rewarding way to arrive at such an iconic Guatemalan location!
6:00 AM, Xela
2:00 PM, San Pedro
46 km (28.5 mi)
3,050 m (10,000 ft)
Average backpack weight
12 kg (25 lbs)
The profits from one person hiking to the lake is enough to feed one child in the hogar for over a month!
Start Time & Location
Quetzaltrekkers Office (inside of the Casa Argentina hostel, Xela)
End Time & Location
What to bring
Hiking Backpack (>45L); 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; since we are on the floor, you must carry a sleeping mat and sleeping bag 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 a mayan temascal sauna on the first night of the hike, as well as a shower on the second.
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. Or, you can use our bag drop service to have your luggage delivered to our ending point at Lake Atitlan on the last day of the hike.
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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