January 7–21, 2018
Climb volcanoes in Guatemala.
JAN. 7: Fly to Guatemala. Transfer to Antigua. Check into the Hotel El Convento Santa Catalina, next to the famous Santa Catalina Arch. Orientation meeting at night.
JAN. 8: City tour of Antigua. Guided tour of the Filadelphia Coffee Resort. Dinner. Explore Antigua’s nightlife.
JAN. 9: Climb the volcano Pacaya (8,373 feet). Roast marshmallows near molten lava. Return to Antigua.
JAN. 10: Climb Acatenango (13,045 feet), Guatemala’s third-highest volcano. Camp near the summit.
JAN. 11: Traverse from Acatenango to the summit of the active Fuego volcano (12,346 feet). Return to campsite.
JAN. 12: Descend to Antigua. Return to our hotel. Group happy hour, then dinner.
JAN. 13: Drive to Quetzaltenango (“Xela”), the country’s second-largest city. Check into the Hotel Modelo. Take a guided tour of Xela and drive up “Cerro El Baul,” a large hill overlooking the city.
JAN. 14: Climb the volcano Santa Maria (12,375 feet). Camp near the summit. Enjoy sunset and sunrise views. Watch eruptions of nearby Santiaguito volcano.
JAN. 15: Return to “Xela.” Afternoon free. Group happy hour, followed by dinner.
JAN. 16: Drive to and climb Tajumulco (13,485 feet), Central America’s highest peak. Camp near the summit in an ancient pine grove.
JAN. 17: Descend to van. Drive to the town of Panajachel on the shores of Lake Atitlan. Check into the Casa del Mundo overlooking the lake.
JAN. 18: Visit the market town of Chichicastenango. Enter the 450-year-old Church of Santo Tomas. Return to Casa del Mundo. Enjoy the Jacuzzi or a swim in the lake.
JAN. 19: Take a boat across the lake to the town of San Pedro. Climb San Pedro volcano (9,908). Enjoy spectacular views of Lake Atitlan. Return to Casa del Mundo.
JAN. 20: Return to the Hotel El Convento in Antigua. Farewell Dinner!
JAN. 21: Transfer to the airport in Guatemala City. Fly home. Buen viaje!