Guatemala's Magnificent Seven

Hike to the summits of 7 different volcanoes




From $2,420 Land only

Book this holiday

Holiday Overview


  • Trekking up Tajumulco, Central America`s highest peak
  • Great value with all meals included
  • Chill out and relax in Antigua and Lake Atitlan
  • A trekking holiday in Guatemala that explodes with 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 trekking holiday in Guatemala with ascents of the spectacularly active Fuego (3760m) and dormant Acatenango (3976m) volcanoes. 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 fiery 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 coffee 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.

Brief Itinerary

View in full
  • Meet at the group hotel in Antigua. A single timed transfer from Guatemala City Airport is provided.
  • A day sightseeing in Antigua.
  • Climb the active volcano, Pacaya (2552m); the first of seven! Return to Antigua.
  • Ascent of Acatenango (3976m); Guatemala's third highest volcano. Decend to camp (3500m).
  • Ascent of Fuego (3763m) or 'Chigag'. Return to camp (3500m).
  • Descend to La Soledad. Transfer to Antigua. Free afternoon.
  • Transfer to Quetzaltenango (2335m) or 'Xela', a scenic drive along the Pan-American Highway.
  • Begin the ascent of Volcan Zunil. Trek along the Zunil Ridge to camp on the lower slopes of the volcano.
  • Summit Volcan Zunil (3542m) and descend to hot springs. Return to Quetzaltenango.
  • Ascent of Volcan Santa Maria (3770m). Return to Quetzaltenango.
  • Drive to Tuichan (3030m). Ascent of Tajamulco (4220m). Descend to camp.
  • Transfer to San Pedro on Lake Atitlan. Free afternoon.
  • Ascent of San Pedro (3040m) the finale of the 'Magnificent Seven'! Return to San Pedro.
  • Free morning at Lake Atitlan. Transfer to Antigua
  • Departure day. A single timed transfer to Guatemala City Airport is provided.
Sat 14 Nov - Sat 28 Nov Code GVO /03/15/ Adult$2,420 Status Sold Out Call Us
Sat 28 Nov - Sat 12 Dec Code GVO /3A/15/ Adult$2,420 Status Guaranteed Book now
Sat 12 Dec - Sat 26 Dec Code GVO /4A/15/ Adult$2,420 Status Available Book now
Sat 19 Dec - Sat 02 Jan Code GVO /04/15/ Adult$2,420 Status Sold Out Call Us
Sat 16 Jan - Sat 30 Jan Code GVO /01/16/ Adult$2,420 Status Guaranteed Book now
Sat 26 Mar - Sat 09 Apr Code GVO /02/16/ Adult$2,420 Status Guaranteed Book now
Sat 12 Nov - Sun 27 Nov Code GVO /03/16/ Adult$2,420 Status Guaranteed Book now
Sat 26 Nov - Sat 10 Dec Code GVO /04/16/ Adult$2,420 Status Available Book now
Sun 18 Dec - Sun 01 Jan Code GVO /05/16/ Adult$2,420 Status Guaranteed Book now
The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary, joining in Guatemala City. For clients making their own flight arrangements, Guatemala City airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Please refer to the 'Joining arrangements & transfers' section in the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

BOOK WITH KE CONFIDENCE - No surcharge guarantee*

* Against Land Only services.

Map & Itinerary

The Route

  • peaks
  • airport
  • point
  • transfer

Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Antigua. A single timed transfer from Guatemala City Airport is provided.

    Meet at the group hotel in Antigua. A single timed transfer from Guatemala City Airport is provided.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals d

  • A day sightseeing in Antigua.

    Designated a ‘World Heritage’ site in 1979, Antigua has to be one of the most attractive cities in the Americas and has a rich and colourful history. Founded in 1543, the city became the Spanish colonial capital from which most of Central and South America was once ruled. A wealth of impressive 17th and 18th century buildings, picturesque streets and a friendly population together with excellent restaurants and a variety of cafes and bars, makes Antigua the logical choice as a starting point for travel in Guatemala. The city’s setting is stupendous, surrounded as it is by the volcanoes Agua, Fuego and Acatenango. After a leisurely breakfast in our hotel we have a ‘familiarisation’ walking tour of the city. The rest of the day is tIen free for independent sightseeing or relaxation.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Climb the active volcano, Pacaya (2552m); the first of seven! Return to Antigua.

    We have an early breakfast, before setting off for the first of our volcanoes, the active Pacaya (2552m). Set in its own national park, Pacaya is a storybook volcano with a continuous plume of smoke drifting from its summit. It is approx a 1½ hour drive to the roadhead beneath the peak, beyond which our walk starts out very easily, through delightful woodland. The ascent culminates in a final, steeper section of trail on cinder scree. The ascent is neither difficult nor long, taking around 2 hours, but does provide an easy acclimatisation walk for our coming climbs. The prevailing state of Pacaya’s volcanic activity will dictate how close we can get to the edge of the lava streams. We will most likely reach a high point of around 2100 metres where we will have excellent views over the city and across to Volcan de Agua above Antigua. We return to Antigua by late afternoon and check in to our hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Ascent of Acatenango (3976m); Guatemala's third highest volcano. Decend to camp (3500m).

    No rest for the enthusiastic, but a more leisurely start to the day. The ascent of Guatemala’s third highest volcano, Acatenango (3976m), begins with a bumpy ride for 1 hour to La Soledad (2390m). We propose to camp high in the mountains tonight and the necessary camping equipment, plus group members’ personal gear for this venture will be carried by porters. The climb is quite steep, but continually interesting, as we pass through various zones of vegetation; beginning in the cornfields of La Soledad and traversing bamboo-clad slopes, then cloud forest and finally pine forest, before reaching the summit cone. This is a 5 to 6 hour ascent, with lunch taken on the way. The view from the summit is very impressive, with all of our ‘Magnificent Seven’ volcanoes visible; from distant Tajumulco to the nearby and spectacularly active Fuego. Our camping place for the next 2 nights is slightly down from the summit on the tree-covered area between Acatenango and Fuego at approximately 3500 metres. This promises to be one of the more remarkable places you will ever spend a night, with the sight of Fuego blowing rocks and dense black clouds into the stratosphere being particularly unforgettable.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Ascent of Fuego (3763m) or 'Chigag'. Return to camp (3500m).

    Most people will want to rise early to catch the sunrise and we then set of for Feugo after a hearty camp breakfast. Fuego, also known as "Chigag" (which in the Cakchiquel language means "where the fire is”) has been active since records began in 1524 and is, in fact, the world’s most continuously active volcano. We walk to the saddle, and a curving ridge rises in a series of crests toward the summit cone and we will ascend this ridge as far as possible towards the summit. Our maximum altitude here will be governed by the level of volcanic activity. We then return to our campsite where we spend another night high in the mountains.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Descend to La Soledad. Transfer to Antigua. Free afternoon.

    We are treated to another sunrise in this truly spectacular location, before beginning the long descent of the western slopes of Fuego. The trail begins with an easy traverse through the forest, which hereabouts is quite sparse and permits us views of both Fuego and Agua. Then, starting with an exhilarating run down cinder scree, we plunge into the denser sub tropical vegetation of the lower slopes. This will be a tough morning’s work and hard on the knees as we follow a twisting, dusty trail down through the forest for 3 to 4 hours to return to the village of La Soledad. Here we are met by our transport and make the short ride back to our hotel in Antigua. We should be back in time for a late lunch and the rest of the day is free to relax.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Transfer to Quetzaltenango (2335m) or 'Xela', a scenic drive along the Pan-American Highway.

    Today we make a very scenic transfer across the high sierra to Quetzaltenango also known by its Mayan name of Xela. Travelling along the Pan-American Highway, we pass its highest point at a place known locally as ‘Alaska.’ After a lunch stop at a roadside restaurant we arrive in Quetzaltenango in the mid afternoon. At an altitude of 2335 metres, this is Guatemala’s second largest city and the centre of the Quiche Mayan people. We check into our hotel close to the central Parque Centroamerica.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Begin the ascent of Volcan Zunil. Trek along the Zunil Ridge to camp on the lower slopes of the volcano.

    After breakfast at the hotel, we have a short drive to our trailhead in the village of Xecam. From here we hike for two hours (approximately1000m ascent) up to the alti-plano plateau of grassland known as “Alaska”. We traverse plains full of sheep- and goat-herders, dotted with resettlement villages (from Hurricane Stan in 2005) and isolated groves of forest, before meeting up with Xela’s famous “Siete Cruces” (7 Crosses) ridge trail. Here we enter a forest full of rare Pinebete trees (an endangered species of pine tree endemic to Guatemala), as we begin to wind along the rolling ridgeline (approximately 250m ascent) of Volcan Zunil and its neighbor Volcan Santo Tomas. We will break to take lunch in one of the many open grass pitches along today’s ridge trail, and stop for the night just an hour short of “Pico Zunil” in a beautiful campsite protected from the wind and with sensational views on both sides, east to the Atitlan and Panchoy Valley Volcanoes (San Pedro, Acatenango and Fuego) and west to our next objectives – Santa Maria, Santiaguito (active), and Tajamulco (Guatemala's highest).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Summit Volcan Zunil (3542m) and descend to hot springs. Return to Quetzaltenango.

    After an early camp breakfast, we continue to follow the “7 Cruces” trail, climbing up the ridge to reach the summit of Volcan Zunil (3542m). The descent takes us through cloud and bamboo-forests of the Zunil Valley to the hot springs of “Fuentes Georginas”. Depending on the weather and the condition of the group, we have a choice of two routes. One is very steep and leads directly to the springs, while the other is less direct and ends with a short-transfer to the pools. Our guide will make the decision on the best route for the prevailing conditions. By midday we should arrive at the hot springs and this will be a welcome opportunity to rest and soak in these thermally-heated waters – nestled in a cool, lush gorge on the lower slopes of Volcan Zunil. We enjoy lunch at the springs, and afterwards we meet our transport back to our hotel in Xela where we arrive in the late afternoon. Overnight at the group hotel in Quetzaltenango.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Ascent of Volcan Santa Maria (3770m). Return to Quetzaltenango.

    Our next objective is Volcan Santa Maria (3770m). We leave early in the morning from our hotel and drive for around 45 minutes, mostly on dirt roads to the start point at the village of “Llanos del Pinal” (2500m). The trek starts with a gentle climb through fields to the base of the cone then its very steeply up on a dirt trail. The trail is quite peaty and slippery in places especially after rain. It will take us 4 - 5 hours to reach the summit and here we have truly spectacular views of the active Volcan Santiaguito. Santiaguito, connected to Santa Maria by a saddle is lower than its sister and we have a bird’s eye view into its fiery crate and hope to view an eruption. After enjoying lunch at the summit, we return down the trail to Xela to overnight again in Quetzaltenango.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Drive to Tuichan (3030m). Ascent of Tajamulco (4220m). Descend to camp.

    We make an early start for the 3 hour drive to Tuichan (3030m), which lies close to the border of Mexico and is the starting point for our climb on Tajumulco, the highest of Guatemala’s volcanoes. The trekking today is not difficult but we do have a longish day of 7 – 8 hours. We begin traversing beautiful forest trails, and then a pine studded ridge to our campsite after about 3 hrs, where we relax for a little while. We then continue to a shoulder below the final summit cone, reached in 30 minutes from our campsite. From here it is a steep climb of 20 – 30 minutes to the lowest point of the crater rim followed by a short scramble to the highest point in Central America at 4219 metres. The summit views over the surrounding countryside and eastwards along the volcanic chain are quite breathtaking. We descend to our very pleasant and sheltered campsite with great views

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Transfer to San Pedro on Lake Atitlan. Free afternoon.

    In the morning we complete our descent from Tajamulco and begin the 5hr drive to Lake Atitlan, stopping for lunch en route. This astonishingly beautiful lake lies in one of the most dramatic settings imaginable. The lake is encircled by high cliffs and forested hills and is overlooked by the near perfect cones of three volcanoes (Toliman, Atitlan and San Pedro). Arriving at the town of San Pedro, with its namesake volcano towering over us, we will check into our waterfront hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy this special place. There is good swimming from the hotel in the warm clear waters, or in the hotels small pool. Alternatively, you may wish to simply swing in a hammock and enjoy the views over sparkling blue Lago de Atitlan.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Ascent of San Pedro (3040m) the finale of the 'Magnificent Seven'! Return to San Pedro.

    We complete our volcano collection today with an ascent of the shapely San Pedro, which can be seen very prominently from our hotel. In the early morning, as dawn creeps across the lake, we take a fast boat to the small town of San Pedro. After breakfast here, we drive for 15 minutes to the start of the trail at 1800 metres. The path is steep in places as it winds its way, firstly through a large plantation of coffee and then between cornfields, before entering thick cloud forest. A perfect picnic spot at approximately 3040 metres just below the top provides a superb view of this truly beautiful place and is a fitting finale to the ‘Magnificent Seven.’ After lunch we descend back down the volcanic slopes to our San Pedro hotel where we can enjoy some well-earned relaxation time.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Free morning at Lake Atitlan. Transfer to Antigua

    In the morning we have one last chance to swim and enjoy the views, before we take the scenic drive up the steep slopes surrounding Lake Atitlan and begin the 3 hour journey back to Antigua. We will still have time to enjoy some last minute shopping and to celebrate the successful completion of a unique trip in one of the many excellent restaurants of this old city.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Departure day. A single timed transfer to Guatemala City Airport is provided.

    KE Land Only services end after breakfast. A single timed transfer to Guatemala City Airport is provided. Flight time allowing there may be additional time to explore this charming city. Should you wish to extend your stay additional hotel nights in Antigua are available, or you may want to extend your stay with a Please contac the KE office for further information.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • An experienced English-speaking local leader
  • Single timed Guatemala Airport transfers in each direction
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals
  • All transport involved in the itinerary
  • All camping equipment (excluding personal equipment)

  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for staff
  • Guatemala Airport transfers (other than single timed group transfers)
  • Airport departure tax (depending on airline)
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc

During this trip the group will spend a total of 8 nights in comfortable tourist hotels in Antigua and Quetzaltenango, and 2 nights at a comfortable hotel right on the shores of Lake Atitlan. There will also be a total of 4 nights camping. Accommodation is allocated on a twin-sharing basis and if you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Depending on availability, it may be possible to book single accommodation. For additional hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

All meals are included in the holiday price from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 15.

Antigua has a bewildering array of restaurants serving international cuisine and your trip leader will take you to some of the best. In Quetzaltenango the choice is not as wide ranging but still there are several restaurants serving a variety of foods both local and international. While staying in San Pedro dinner will be a fixed menu three course meal. During the camping nights you will have a cooked meal prepared from fresh local ingredients. The picnic lunches during the trek consist of salad, bread, pasta, cheese, cooked meats, and fresh fruit. Mineral water as well as tea or coffee is provided.

A single timed group transfer from Guatemala City Airport to the group hotel in Antigua is provided. This transfer will normally depart around 22.00. At the end of the trip there will be a single group transfer from the group hotel in Antigua to Guatemala City Airport on the last day of the trip itinerary. This transfer will normally arrive at Guatemala City Airport around 10am. Anyone may use these transfer but Land Only clients must check the time of this transfer 14 days prior to departure.

The trip leader or a representative of our local agent will assist with the transfers between the airport and group hotel. Hotel contact details together with an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

On this trip the group will be accompanied throughout by a first-rate, English-speaking locally based guide. In addition while trekking, the group will be supported by a full crew of camp staff and porters.

A total of US $200 - $250 should be sufficient to cover your personal spending including tips for drivers and trek staff, miscellaneous expenditure on drinks, souvenirs etc. It is possible to use credit and debit cards to withdraw money from ATMs in Antigua and Quetzaltenango. This is usually at the best available exchange rate but you may be charged by your bank or card company. If you are bringing your travel money from the UK you should bring US$ rather than sterling and we recommend that you use cash rather than travellers cheques, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day after your arrival in Guatemala. The local currency is the Quetzal (named after the national bird). It is not necessary to obtain local currency ahead of your visit and you will have an opportunity to change money on the day following your arrival. US dollars are accepted as payment in most restaurants and shops in Antigua but not necessarily outside this city

Tips are the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your local guides and porters. They do not form part of their wages. KE always pays local crews the best rates of pay, no matter what country they are in and any tips they receive are seen as a personal thank you from group members. For our part, we advise local teams that tips are not a duty or a prerequisite but are a bonus and entirely dependent on the service that was given. For your guides and support staff we recommend that you give a tip if you feel that their services have met your satisfaction. We recommend that tips be given from the group as a whole and as a rough guide we suggest that a contribution from each group member of around $50 - $100, should provide a sufficient 'pool' for tips.

There is no restriction on the weight of your trek bag other than that imposed by your airline. However, you will have a more comfortable travel experience if you pack as light as possible. During the camping nights the essential equipment you need will be carried by porters or pack animals. We recommend that you bring a small foldable waterproof bag to put this in while your trek bag remains in the hotel or support vehicle.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3500 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Sleeping bag (rated to 0ºC)
  • Thermarest or similar sleeping mat
  • Walking boots
  • Trainers / sneakers for travelling in and for camp use
  • Walking socks (3 pairs)
  • Trekking trousers (trek pants)
  • Lightweight waterproof overtrousers (rain pants)
  • Underwear
  • Baselayer shirt(s)
  • Shirts or T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Eyewear – Sunglasses
  • Warm gloves
  • Daypack c. 30 litres
  • Large waterproof bag such as a rucksack liner (for repacking gear on the camping nights - see below)
  • Headtorch (Headlamp) with spare batteries
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre (2 pint) x 2
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Swimwear (for the hot springs)
  • Small towel
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

  • Travel clothes
  • Shorts
  • Spare laces
  • Gaiters (recommended)
  • Trekking poles (recommended)
  • Insect repellant
  • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Camera, film / memory cards, batteries
  • Sleeping bag liner


  • This is not a sustained trekking trip and there are only 4 nights when we are camping. On each of the camping nights, you will be asked to restrict your personal equipment to a few essential items, including your sleeping bag and camping mattress. This equipment will be separated from your trek bag and repacked into communal kitbags for the porters or pack-horses to carry. To help to keep these items clean and dry, you should take with you on the trip a suitable, large and waterproof bag, such as a plastic bivi bag, rucksack liner or equivalent. Your trek bag, with the bulk of your spare clothing etc, will remain in safe storage at the group’s hotel during the days when we are camping.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Visa Guatemala

UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa for short stays.

Transit via USA

You will require an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation), and you must get this before boarding any US-bound aircraft or ship, or entering on a land border. The fee is USD$14 and you should apply for it at

NOTE: This is required if you are transiting through the USA

You should contact your GP or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

The unit of currency in Guatemala is the Quetzal (named after the national bird). 

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a walking holiday, getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find your holiday. Although the overall grade of this trip is moderate, some of the ascents will challenge even regular hill walkers and it is a good idea to get in shape before heading out on your holiday. We suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime. Regular hiking in hill country is the best preparation but if this is not possible, then running, cycling and swimming are also good for developing better stamina and general cardio-vascular fitness. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

From the middle of October through to the start of March the average daytime temperature in the high sierra will range from 17 to 25°C. Whilst in Antigua and at Lake Atitlan, temperatures are unlikely to fall below 15°C, even at night. At our highest camps, temperatures will fall to around 5°C at night. The time of year that we have chosen for our visits to Guatemala coincides with a mainly dry period, at least on the Pacific side of Guatemala. However, there is the possibility of showers in the afternoons when climbing the volcanoes.

Guatemala, Belize & Yucatan. Lonely Planet. Guatemala. Lonely Planet. The Maya World. The Rough Guide. Guatemala & Belize. Neos Guide. Central America Adventure Travellers. AA World Travel Guides

ITMB - International Travel Maps

Double-sided map at 1;470,000, on waterproof and tear-resistant paper, with street plans of Guatemala City and Antigua, plus an enlargement of the environs of the capital including the volcanoes Acatenango and Fuego. Elevation colouring with spot heights indicate the topography. The road network includes seasonal tracks, and indicates intermediate distances on major and some minor roads.

Extend Your Holiday

The Mayan City of Tikal

Dating from 700 BC, Tikal is one of the world’s premier archaeological sites and one of the Guatemala’s most interesting attractions. Once the centre of the Mayan civilisation and occupied till around 900 AD, this impressive lost city was eventually deserted and gradually disappeared into the encroaching jungle. It was only in the 1840’s that European explorers rediscovered this site and began the process of unearthing the various pyramids, temples and plazas which can be seen today.

Tikal Sightseeing (1 night)

From $650 per person

More info

Recent Reviews & Blog Posts