Guatemala is Central America’s most underrated adventure destination, a perfect blend of tropical getaway and cultural oasis. Embark on a multisport medley in Antigua Guatemala, where Spanish Colonial churches meet colorful Mayan markets. After a bike ride along Antigua’s cobblestone streets and hillside singletrack, head for the volcanic waters of Lake Atitlan, one of the hottest hiking, kayaking, and MTB spots in Central America. Cap off your adventure off with a bang — experience the full force of the Guatemalan highlands by camping and conquering the most active volcanoes in the world! Dozens of ecosystems and a million adventures await in the jewel of the Americas.

  • Uncover the culture, cuisine, and cobblestone pathways of Antigua

  • Explore Lake Atitlan, one of the best multisport locations in Central America

  • Hike and camp beneath Fuego, the most active volcano in the world

Itinerary

Uncover the raw beauty of the Guatemalan wilderness on foot, bike, and kayak. Spend 8 days roaming the cobblestone streets of colonial Antigua, pedaling through colorful villages, exploring a magnificent lake of Atitlan, and climbing two active volcanoes! Meet the locals, stay in scenic colonial hotels, and delve deep into Guatemala’s fascinating culture and cuisine.

  • Arrive at Guatemala City airport, and meet your driver right outside customs. They will take you to Hotel Casa Antigua, a quaint, colonial-style hotel only 3 minutes away from Parque Central. Rest up and, if you happened to arrive early, take the time to explore the city’s historical cobblestone streets and Mayan heritage sites. Meet your guides at 6:30 pm in your hotel lobby for a welcome dinner.

    Lodging: Hotel Casa Antigua, Antigua

    An adventurer posing at an overlook in Antigua.
  • After a filling breakfast among the hotel’s lush gardens, accompany your guide to the offices where your bike awaits. Enjoy a full day of biking through Antigua’s scenic surrounding towns. Ride a mix of singletracks and cobblestone roads, with great views of colonial towns and coffee farms. Visit an artisanal chocolate shop, an iconic macadamia farm, and a traditional textile market, and meet some friendly locals before heading back to your hotel.
    Meals: Breakfast
    Riding: 28 km (17.3 miles), both singletrack and paved routes
    Lodging: Hotel Casa Antigua, Antigua

    A biker riding on the colorful streets of Antigua, Guatemala.
  • Starting early, drive out to Panchoy Valley and through the lowlands of Guatemala’s Pacific slope to the base of Pacaya Volcano. Embark on a warm-up hike up one of Guatemala’s most active volcanoes, which erupted over 20 times since the Spanish arrived. Explore dried lava fields and lunar landscapes before toasting marshmallows in the active heat vents! Return to Antigua to check out the local market, cafes, restaurants, or bar scene.

    Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch
    Hiking: 1.5-2 hours
    Elevation: +400 m / +1,312 ft
    Lodging: Hotel Casa Antigua, Antigua

    Views of a campsite on Pacaya at sunset in Guatemala.
  • Ready for one of the best adventure tours in Central America? Jump on your bike and descend about 600 m (2000 ft) while taking in one-of-a-kind views of Lake Atitlan and its surrounding volcanoes. Have a picnic lunch at a lookout point before riding into the lakeside town of Panajachel. Explore the local markets before taking a boat ride to your lakefront hotel, perched on the cliffside and only accessible by hike or boat.

    Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner
    Riding: Both singletrack and paved routes
    Lodging: Hotel La Casa del Mundo

    A biker descending to a fishing village on the shore of lake Atitlan
  • Wake up to gorgeous views of the lake and its towering volcanoes, before embarking on an open-water kayaking adventure on Lake Atitlan’’s deep volcanic waters. Paddle along the northern shore and between the towering hills for a couple of hours, before switching your paddle for hiking shoes and walking the cliffside trails high above the lake. This concludes the biking, kayaking, and trekking trilogy on lake Atitlan.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch
    Hiking/kayaking: 3 hours each
    Lodging: Hotel Casa Antigua, Antigua

    Adventurers kayaking along the north shore of Lake Atitlan.
  • Start your morning with a scenic transport up Acatenango’s slopes, and into the small, sleepy mountain village of La Soledad (2390 m/ 7,840 ft). Embark on a five-hour hike through a myriad of changing microclimates, before retiring to a private campsite cut into the side of Acatenango and overlooking the nearby Fuego Volcano. Fuego is the most constantly erupting volcano in recorded history, and you will have plenty of time to appreciate the incredible sights and sounds of its eruptions during the night.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
    Hiking: 4-6 hours
    Elevation: +1,200 m / 3,940 ft

    The Fuego Volcano erupting in Guatemala.
  • Rise early to watch the sun rise over the Antigua Valley before starting your last push to Acatenango’s summit (3,975 m / 13,040 ft). Ascend a sand and gravel scree trail dotted with dwarf pines and incredible viewpoints. Atop the summit, enjoy unparalleled 360-degree views of the entirety of the Guatemalan Highlands, stretching all the way to Mexico. After a 3-hour hike down to the local community of La Soledad, get transported back to Antigua, where you’ll enjoy a free afternoon. Explore, do some last-minute shopping, or try the local fine dining options.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Hiking: 4 hours
    Elevation: +400 m / 1,300 ft, -1,600 m / 5,250 ft

    Hikers exploring a cloud forest on Acatenango Volcano, Guatemala.
  • A shuttle will meet you at your hotel, ready to transfer you back to the airport in Guatemala City. Farewell!

    A hiker overlooking a cloudy valley on the summit of Acatenango Volcano.

Meet your guide

Old Town Outfitters
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Old Town Outfitters
Old Town Outfitters
Founded in 1988, Old Town Outfitters is one of the pioneer tour operators in Guatemala. They have over 25 years of experience training specialty guides, curating trails, and organizing off-the-beaten-path rock climbing, biking, trekking, bikepacking, multisport, cultural, and volcano tours. Their greatest passion is sharing the beauty and adventure of Guatemala with enthusiastic adventurers!

Things to know

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Antigua, Guatemala, please refer to the U.S. Embassy’s COVID-19 information for Guatemala.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • Eight days of hiking, biking, and kayaking
      • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
      • Hotel and campsite accommodations for the duration of the tour
      • Transportation from the Guatemala City airport to Antigua and back
      • Round-trip transportation for the duration of the tour

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to Guatemala
      • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
      • Personal hiking gear
      • Guide gratuities — optional (standard is 10% for most services and establishments)
  • You don’t have to be an expert hiker for this multisport adventure in Guatemala, but you do need to be reasonably fit. The hikes will be beginner-to-intermediate level. You should be ready for up to 6 hours of hiking and 1,200 m (3,920 ft) of elevation gain on the toughest days. For the biking sections, you get to choose between singletrack and paved routes, overcoming distances of up to 28 km a day. Finally, kayaking will be short, sweet, and beginner friendly.

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

      • Hiking pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 50L bag)
      • Large dry bag or pack liner
      • 2L water bottle or hydration pack
      • Hiking poles — optional
      • Hiking boots
      • Camp shoes or trainers
      • 3 pairs of hiking socks
      • Synthetic trekking trousers
      • Rain pants
      • Plenty of underwear
      • Base-layer athletic shirts
      • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
      • Rain jacket
      • Sun hat
      • Warm hat or beanie
      • Warm gloves
      • Sunglasses
      • Sunscreen and lip balm
      • Toiletries
      • Swimwear and small towel
      • Basic first aid kit
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)

    Your guide supplies porters to carry the group’s kitchen gear and food. You will be expected to carry their gear, personal effect, and water on the treks. If you’re interested in porter services, your guide can contract a porter on your behalf. Porters can carry up to 30 lbs (14 kg) and cost $45 USD round-trip. If you wish to contract a porter, contact us to make arrangements.

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For this group adventure, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 12:1. 
      • The cost does not decrease as the group grows. 

    Multisport tours in Guatemala can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • A 50% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 60 days prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies. 

      • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to forty-five (45) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, any cancellation fees, surcharges, or nonrefundable deposits charged to Guide by individual hotels, airlines or other third parties will be charged. The remainder of any deposits paid to Guide will be refunded.
      • For cancellations thirty (30) to one forty-four (44) calendar days in advance, any cancellation fees, surcharges, or nonrefundable deposits charged to Guide by individual hotels, airlines, or other third parties will be charged. Additionally, a cancellation fee of 10% of the total trip cost will apply. The remainder of any deposits paid to Guide will be refunded.
      • For cancellations fifteen (15) to twenty-nine (29)  calendar days in advance, any cancellation fees, surcharges, or nonrefundable deposits charged to Guide by individual hotels, airlines or other third parties will be charged. Additionally, a cancellation fee of 25% of the total trip cost will apply. The remainder of any deposits or payments paid to Guide will be refunded.
      • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non-refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.
  • To get to Antigua, Guatemala, the starting point of this tour, most people fly into La Aurora International Airport right outside Guatemala City. Once there, go through customs and meet your driver, who will be waiting for you right outside carrying a sign. Then, your driver will take you on a one-hour car ride to your hotel in Antigua, where you’ll meet your guide in the lobby at 6:30 pm.

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