A physical demanding hike only for the real brave ones ... scheduled to leave Quetzaltenango at 19 hours every night. You will arrive next morning after about 10 hours at the most beautiful lake in the world.
Please be ready because you will be picked up at your hostal, hotel or homestay and brought in private mini van to the place where it all starts .. in the dark , from a small town XECAM near Cantel . If you want to avoid walking hungry , please have your dinner before.
20 pm > Under the full moon if there is a moon and no clouds , and of course if full moon , we will sing for you " la luna de Xelaju " second National hymn of Guatemala ,, start with about a two hour difficult climb up .
22 pm > Take a rest .. enjoy because this is a flat part .
22.20 pm > Don't think going down for the next two hours will be easy ... your knees will suffer !
00.30 am > Walk like an angel if your name is Elvis for about one hour , horrible flat !
01.30 am > How is your K'iche ? You arrive in a small little place called CHIRIJ XIMAI . Take a rest for about 30 minutes
02.00 am > Do you hear the river Nahualate about two hours below ? You go down and down and further down from 2100 meters above sealevel to 1400 meters above sealevel at river level .
04.00 am > Enough going down , please wake up and move yourself for the next three hours to a top .. bring eggs to SANTA CLARA because you will arrive in her town .. SANTA CLARA LA LAGUNA ...
07.00 am > Cook your eggs for breakfast in Santa Clara La Laguna
08.00 am > SAN PEDRO is waiting for you after one hour of walking down ...
09.00 am > You are at your destination . The Lake
You can stay here , cheap accommodation and lots of non-expensive drinks and other stuff or you can go to PANAJACHEL where your luggage will be waiting for you !
What to bring
Small backpack for raingear , snacks , water (about 4 liters) , flashlight , toilet paper , sun cream and blocker , insect repellent / Good walking boots / hat or cap.
BEST not to bring > personal documents , to much luggage , alcoholic drinks , your mother in law .
Duration of the trip : between 10 and 12 hours
Walking distance : about 47 kms ( 30 miles )
1 pax $150 usd
2 pax $85 usd p. p
3 pax $70 usd p. p
Groups (4 or more) > ask for special price
- Transfer from your hotel or home to XECAM , the starting point
- Guide (monolingual Spanish but on request available English/Spanish speaking )
- Breakfast in Santa Clara
- Entrance fees to go down from the noise of the Indian
- Transport of your luggage from Quetzaltenango to Panajachel (to our office)
HIKE DURING THE NIGHT (any night) from QUETZALTENANGO (Xela) to SAN PEDRO (Lake Atitlan)