Trek Overview

Trek Guatemala’s Sky Route Trek is a four-day, three-night journey between two of Guatemala’s most beautiful and inspiring destinations: Antigua and Lake Atitlán. Our treks are supported by comfortable safari-style tent camps, our overland “trek truck” with a hot shower and toilet, delicious food and drink, and knowledgeable guides. Along the way you’ll walk through cloud forest canopy and coffee fincas, be immersed in the sights and sounds of Guatemala’s living Mayan culture and communities, and be amazed at the kindness and warmth of its people.

And leave the heavy lifting to us! Each day you’ll travel light with day packs while we move camp and your gear from one breathtaking destination to the next.

Handcrafted adventure…in the heart of the Mundo Maya.

Trek at a Glance

Day 1: Mayan Shrines & Cloud Forest

Our journey begins with candles & ancient traditions before trekking into the lush Guatemalan countryside

Antigua to Terra Camp

Leaving Antigua, day one begins with a 30-minute shuttle ride to to the town of San Andrés Itzapa, home to a shrine dedicated to the Mayan deity “San Simón”. Here, guests can witness locals as they pay their respects to the mysterious San Simon, and even light a candle to bless their travels.

From there, a short drive takes us to our trailhead where we begin our “warm up” half-day trek that ascends out of vegetable and fruit plantations into lush Guatemalan cloud forest, topping out at nearly 8,700 ft / 2,650 mt. Acatenango Volcano, the highest in the Antigua Valley, looms overhead as we begin to descend through thick forest until we reach a beautiful, grassy saddle between two mountain peaks. Awaiting us there is Terra Camp with a warm fire, delicious dinner and a cozy bed.

Elevation & Distance Profile: Day 1

Day 2: Mountain Peaks & Fertile Valleys

Descending into the La Vega River valley and then climbing to Fuego Camp, Day 2 is both challenging and stunning

Terra Camp to Fuego Camp

As morning breaks on Day 2, guests are greeted by green mountain peaks and rich Guatemalan coffee! After a delicious breakfast, our first few hours of trekking takes us up nearly 1000 ft / 300 m as we climb into a protected area before beginning a long descent through forest and agricultural fields into the La Vega River valley, more than 3000 ft / 915 m below.

Following lunch, we cross a hanging foot bridge over the river (allowing you to embrace your inner Indiana Jones!) before a challenging yet spectacular afternoon 2000 ft / 600 m climb up through pine forest and local coffee farms to arrive at our Fuego Camp by late-afternoon.

Upon arrival, our staff meets you with warm towels to clean up and a welcome drink to quench your thirst. Time to pull up a chair, kick off your boots, and take in the panoramic view that includes a first row seat to Fuego Volcano, one of the world’s most active volcanoes that’s been going regularly since the Spanish conquest. With luck, it will light up the night sky with plumes of molten lava.

Around the campfire, a local women’s group will show you how to make traditional Guatemala blue corn tortillas by hand (trust us, it’s harder than it looks) before we sit down for dinner.

Elevation & Distance Profile: Day 2

Short on Time?

If you’re not able to do the entire 4-day trek, then pick a section of the route that you like (minimum 2-days/1-night). Just ask us!

Day 3: Mayan Pueblos & Volcano Views

Tranquil rural communities and patchwork fields dot the landscape as we follow a high ridge line that offers views of six volcanoes

Fuego Camp to Agua Camp

Day three immerses guests in the finest natural scenery that Guatemala has to offer. A morning push takes guests to the highest point of the trek, just over 9,040 ft / 2,755 m. We follow a pristine ridgeline with panoramic views of six volcanoes and cloud forest that reveals unique plants and birds.

Along the way, we take the opportunity to talk with local farmers tending their terraced fields and learn about traditional agricultural practices. A long, gradual descent leads us to our trail lunch location (and a short siesta) before we finish the day by walking into Agua Camp, named in honor of Lake Atitlán, which can be seen in the distance below.

After relaxing a bit, we venture into the local Mayan community of Chuinimachica to visit a women’s cooperative that specializes in traditional backstrap weaving, an ancient art practiced for centuries in Guatemala and still used to weave fabric for clothing and other household textiles.

Elevation & Distance Profile: Day 3

Day 4: Coffee Fincas & Clear Waters

The last day of the trek includes a coffee farm tour and a push to our final destination…Lake Atitlán

Agua Camp to Lake Atitlán

The final day of the trek begins with a 2,500 ft / 760 m descent into the La Madre Vieja River valley that weaves through a patchwork of traditional agricultural fields and small villages. Once in the valley, we visit a picturesque coffee finca to learn about the planting, harvesting and processing of small-batch specialty coffee (and of course, sample some as well).

Following the coffee tour, we cross the river on another hanging footbridge before a short ascent that takes us up to the rim of Lake Atitlán and expansive views of the water below and three massive volcanoes that surround it.

From there, a final descent through terraced fields of flowers and vegetables takes us to the lakeside village of San Antonio Palopó to conclude the trek. Congratulations…you made it!

Elevation & Distance Profile: Day 4

Ummmm...what about a toilet?

Not to worry! Each trip is supported by our overland “Trek Truck”, a modified vehicle that not only carries our gear from camp to camp, but also features a nifty hot water shower, portable flush toilet and sink. It’s private, but you can look up at the stars as you rinse a little trail dust off each night.

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