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Atitlan Lake Hike from Xela

If you’re looking for something more challenging join us on this three day challenging trek to Atitlan Lake from Xela, where you will meet the local community whilst exploring a beautiful part of nature.

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USD $112.00USD $155.00

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Atitlan Lake Hike from Xela (3 Days)



– Test yourself in this exciting trekking tour.
– Discover wonderful places, going through amazing paths.
– Challenge yourself and discover this amazing adventure!


This is one of the best long trekking options for hiking lovers in Guatemala, this trekking tour is a high performance one, so a very good physical condition is required. We will walk for 3 days throughout indigenous villages, beautiful natural landscapes, coffee plantations, corn fields and the best Atitlan Lake views.


Day 1 (8 hours), Day 2 (10 hours, this is the hardest day), Day 3 (4 hours)


Day 1

We will start at 06:00 am, picking you up from your hotel or guesthouse in Xela. The trekking starts in Cantel (at 2400 mt above sea level, approximately), 35 minutes away from Xela. On this day we will walk about 17 km in an 8 or 9 hours tour, ending the tour at the community named Chiri´j Ximay, where we will rest and sleep with a local indigenous family in the middle of the mountain (all in this house is basic; sleeping on the floor and using a cesspit bathroom).

Day 2

This is the most difficult day in all the trekking tour. We will start at the community where we slept on day 1, descending for about 2 hours and a half by a mixed path full of trees, rocks and bushes, until we arrive to the Nahualate river, located approximately 1400 mt above sea level (this last part is the most difficult in the whole descent, because of the slippery ground it presents). Then we will go for a difficult route until we arrive to the Chuipoj village, where we will have lunch with a local indigenous family (all in this house is basic; sleeping on the floor and using a cesspit bathroom). After an hour rest, we will be able to continue with our trekking, going up to the next town called Santa Clara la Laguna. On this day we will walk about 14 kilometres and expend between 9 to 10 hours, approximately.

Day 3

We will wake up at 05:00 am to go to the Santa Clara viewpoint, which is 20 minutes walking from the house where we have slept, where we will appreciate the sunrise and contemplate the beautiful Lake Atitlan. After a taking photos time, we will return to the house to have our breakfast and to prepare our backpack, then we will start descending to the lake, that will take us between 3 to 4 hours approximately, this is a difficult part of the tour because the slope is inclined and the path is rocky. We will end our journey at San Pedro la Laguna, we will walk approximately 10 km until we reach our point of arrival.

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • Guide
  • Mat
  • Sleeping bag
  • Nights with the indigenous family, during the trekking
  • 6 meals
  • Entrance tickets
  • Luggage transport to San Pedro

What to Bring

  • Lamp
  • Breakfast
  • Warm clothes
  • Hiking boots
  • Big backpack
  • 4 lt water per person
  • Extra clothes
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal medicine

Important Notes

  • Level: Hard
  • Consider that the camping equipment, as sleeping bags and mats, are basic; so is the food, because it is difficult to cook on the mountain. Also, depending on the number of people, the food will be shared, because the guide will not be able to carry everything, unless we have extra people to help him. (To keep the weight light, it is recommended not to carry things like books or others that aren’t needed for the hike).


Lake Atitlán, Solola, Guatemala

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Lake Atitlán, Solola, Guatemala 14.690671, -91.202521
Kyle Wiggins

Daniel Lopez

Daniel, a locally certified tour guide, was born and raised in the city of Quetzaltenango, one of Guatemala’s many gems. The natural wonders of his hometown inspired him to become a guide and give others an authentic experience in his beloved country. Previous travelers have been extremely impressed by his deep knowledge of Pre-Hispanic Mayan culture and rituals. Daniel’s tours are suitable for travelers of all age and level of fitness, and in addition he is fluent in both English and French. In his free time, Daniel enjoys hiking both alone and with friends and family.

  1. Rated 4 out of 5


    My friend and I did the trek from Quezaltenango to Lake Atitlan with Romero, Jose, and Fernando as guides. We had a wonderful time and I couldn’t recommend this company more. None of us spoke good Spanish, but thanks to Romero who spoke good English we could communicate with everybody even we didn’t speak the same language.

    At some point, the group split up because I was walking faster than my friend, but they made sure one of the guides stayed with her so she wasn’t left behind alone. The views were beautiful and we didn’t find a single tourist, so it was a wonderful experience!

    I recommend wearing good boots and hiking poles to relieve your knees on the steep way down. We will definitely book with them again on our next trip to Guatemala.

    Thanks again Daniel!

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