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.