Our experience begins with a shuttle transfer to the private forest reserve, just 15-minutes from downtown Antigua. We enter the reserve via a well-maintained nature trail that takes us up through a narrow humid broadleaf forested valley, climbing a series of steep stairways secured with handrails. Hummingbird feeders located along the bottom section of the trail attract species such as the Violet Sabrewing and the Rufous Sabrewing, which is endemic to the Pacific slopes of Guatemala. Other notable species include the Emerald Toucanet, Bar-Winged Oriole and the colorful Magnificent Hummingbird.
The nature trail rises 1300 ft / 400 m from the valley floor, and its 2 mi / 3.2 km distance takes on average 2 hours to complete. However, the hike is optional and guests can also arrive to camp by shuttle via a forest access road.
At end of the hike (or drive), guests emerge to find Trek Guatemala’s “Glamp Camp” located in a clearing that offers panoramic views of the valley below and three volcanoes, including active Fuego Volcano whose frequent eruptions put on a quite a show.
Following a welcome drink and appetizers, you’ll settle into comfortable chairs to enjoy the sunset. Entering their spacious canvas tents, guests find their luggage placed next to their queen-sized beds, goose-down comforters and fresh flowers.
Following a delicious dinner, stories are shared around a warm campfire as millions of stars emerge in the night sky.