Trekking Guatemalas Magnificent Seven
- Hike to the summits of 7 volcanoes
- Trekking up Tajumulco, Central America`s highest peak
- A REAL adventure holiday
- Chill out and relax in Antigua and Lake Atitlan
- A trekking holiday in Guatemala that is full of local colour
West of Guatemala City, the highland area of the altiplano is bounded to the south by a string of impressive volcanic peaks. Rich in Maya culture and blessed with a wonderful climate, this picturesque region is the focus of our great volcano trekking holiday extravaganza. Setting out from the charming Spanish colonial city of Antigua, we begin our trip with ascents of 3 volcanoes, including the spectacularly active Fuego (3760m/12,330ft) and dormant Acatenango (3976m). Camping on top of the latter, we have tremendous dawn views of the surrounding volcanoes and of the distant Pacific Ocean. Transferring to the peaceful Quiche Indian town of Quetzaltenango, we climb Santa Maria (3772m) for a birds eye view over the firey Volcan Santiaguto and Volcan Zunil (3542m) where we have another spectacular ridge top camp. Our penultimate objective is Tajumulco (4220m), the highest point in Central America. Having earned a little rest and relaxation, we spend 2 nights on the shores of the breathtakingly beautiful Lake Atitlan, before climbing our final volcano, San Pedro (3040m) overlooking the lake. Guatemala is a great trekking destination and has a freshness that will appeal to any adventure traveller.
Is this holiday for you?
The length and difficulty of each of the objectives in this holiday varies considerably and it is therefore not easy to pin to a particular grade. The overall grade we have given this holiday takes into account a number of factors including the overall length of the trip, the facilities available, and the ease with which it is possible to opt out of various sections of the itinerary. The approaches to the volcanoes on the 'Magnificent Seven' are generally easy, following established trails through coffeee plantation, forest or jungle. However, the ascents of the volcanoes themselves present quite challenging hikes even to regular hillwalkers. All of the volcanoes except Pacaya and Fuego present a considerable amount of ascent and descent (between 1200 and 1700 metres of ascent), sometimes on steep and/or loose ground. We do have porter or pack-horse support during those days when we are camping which means you will not be carrying heavy packs on any of these ascents.