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Special Interest Tours


Hikes and Volcano Climb Tours

The below described 1 and 2- day hiking tours include pack lunches, drinking water, boat transportation and overnight lodging where applicable.  Hikers are responsible for their own clothing and carry packs.  No special equipment is needed.  All tours are priced in anticipation of a minimum of two hikers.  These hikes can be conducted privately (for one person only) at somewhat higher prices.  Discounts are offered for groups of five or more.

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Half-Day Hikes

 


Hike the Atitlan Rim

We travel by van to the most breathless overview of Lake Atitlan, Mirador Montenegro, on the east side of Atitlan’s upper rim. We hike downhill on a network of cobblestone and dirt trails that pass through small Mayan villages and through woodland and terraced, cultivated vegetable and flower fields to arrive at the pueblo of Santa Catarina Palopo. We continue downhill through narrow alleyways bordered by the townspeople’s dwellings to arrive at the town center’s plaza. Given the interest and time, we can visit the town’s small Spanish Colonial Church, local shops that sell Mayan handcraft and artwork. A trip to the lakeshore (optional) before returning to Panajachel along a winding road with breathtaking views, either by hiking or taking a pick-up truck (participant option).

(8 a.m. - 12 a.m.)


 

One-Day Hikes

Sta. Cruz to San Marcos 

We travel by boat to Sta. Cruz and hike the trail that connects Sta. Cruz with Jaibalito, Tzununa, and San Marcos.  We return to Panajachel from San Marcos to Panajachel by boat.  This hike offers great views of the Lake and many photo opportunities.  The trail is primarily on the lakeside slope with many climbs and descents.  The trail is generally good.  MODERATE DIFFICULTY.  $45 per person. 


Climb Volcan San Pedro 

We travel by boat to San Pedro La Laguna and climb to the top of the San Pedro volcano in the morning, returning to San Pedro in the afternoon.  The climb follows fairly easy trails that pass through corn and coffee fields before becoming steep and very primitive near the summit.  There are great views of the lake and many photo opportunities.  We return to Panajachel by boat.  DIFFICULT.  $54 per person. 


 

 

Two-Day Hikes

Sta. Cruz-San Marcos-San Pedro-Volcan San Pedro 

We travel by boat to Sta. Cruz and follow the itinerary for the one-day hike to San Marcos.  We lunch in San Marcos and hike (and ride a local pick-up truck in part) to San Pedro.  We overnight in San Pedro and, the next day, follow the itinerary for the one-day San Pedro volcano climb.  MODERATE DIFFICULTY. $95 per person.


Climb Volcan Toliman or Atitlan 

These climbs usually require an overnight camping stay, although well-conditioned hikers accustomed to elevation can do these climbs in a single day.  Security is provided to minimize the small but real risk of robbery.  Itineraries are negotiable and prices vary.  Each offers some unique features at certain times of the year.  Contact us to discuss.  DIFFICULT.  negotiable.


One –day hikes are offered for a minimum of 2 participants and require a minimum of 24 hr. advance coordination to include 50% deposit. Two-day hikes are offered for a minimum of 4 participants and generally require a minimum of 72 hrs. advance coordination with full payment in advance.

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NOTE:  Our difficulty ratings are based on our judgment of what a well-conditioned, young to middle-aged hiker accustomed to hiking between 1 and 4,000 feet above sea-level would feel.  Our lakeside elevation is 4,500 feet.  All hiking is done during the day time at temperatures normally in the 70s and 80s (Fahrenheit degrees).  Lodging for overnight tours is in simple hotels.  All hikes originate and terminate at Posada Los Encuentros study center in Panajachel at Lake Atitlan.  They all include an orientation on the history, geography and cultures of the lake.