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Guatemala Getaway    Trip overview

Guatemala is the northernmost county in Central America and is known for its chain of volcanoes and associated lakes. Increasingly popular as a tourist destination, the small country offers a surprising variety of sights and activities. Our fun-filled one week trip allows hikers to sample some of Guatemala’ more than 30 volcanoes.

After arriving in Guatemala City, we will drive one hour west to Antigua, a former capitol with many historic buildings. Because of its central location, Antigua has a growing tourist infrastructure. From here, we will embark on our first hike of 13,041-foot Acatenango. Next, we drive farther west to San Marcos, from which we launch our climb of 13,845-foot Tajumulco. To complete the trifecta, we then drive west to Sibinal, from which we can hike 13,320-foot Tacana. After these hikes, we retire to beautiful Lake Atitlan, which is surrounded by more volcanoes. Enthusiasts can do one more hike up 11,604-foot Atitlan, or we can just relax by the lake and enjoy the offerings of the local tourist town Panajachel.

It is a modest drive back to Guatemala City for our flight home.

Dates

We will run this expedition on request with a minimum of 10 people.
Departure: Nov  19
Arrive home: Nov 27

Land Costs (USD)

Per Person
1 Week $980
Includes full room and board airport to airport, all vehicles, guides, and park fees.
Excludes international airfare, tips, drinks, shopping, trip insurance, and personal items.
Reserve this trip with a $500 deposit by October 15. Final payment is due November 1.
Trip Details




 

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On this Earth View Adventures trip, you will always have a knowledgeable, American, English speaking companion and guide with you.
We do not simply sign you up with a foreign tour operator.

Trip Details

A visa is not required for Guatemala.
We highly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance.
You will be required to sign a waiver.
Suggested Equipment List:
  • For the hikes:
    1. Water proof or Gore-Tex hooded parka
    2. Water proof or Gore-Tex pants
    3. Ski/walking poles (recommended)
    4. Warm jacket, pants, and hat
    5. Comfortable, waterproof hiking boots (broken in)
    6. Tough gloves, warm gloves, and water proof or Gore-Tex overmitts
    7. Light sweaters (wool or thermal)
    8. Light shirts or T-shirts
    9. Light pants or shorts
    10. Thermal socks (at least 2 pairs)
    11. Sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent
    12. Day pack
    13. Head light, flashlight, and extra batteries
    14. Two quart/liter water bottles
    15. Water purification system
    16. Personal first aid kit, toiletries
    17. Camera, reading, and writing equipment

  • Personal First Aid Kit:
    If you have any medical issues or concerns, consult your doctor.
    1. Regular medication - Those on a regular medication will need to bring sufficient amounts for the duration of the trip. These people must inform the leaders that they are on medication and the dosage required.
    2. Antiseptics - Liquid antiseptics such as Betadine in a plastic dropper bottle are the most efficient. If you want a cream then a small tube of one of the popular brands should be enough.
    3. Analgesics - For the relief of general aches and pains an aspirin free analgesic is recommended. Paracetamol tablets or capsules such as Tylenol suit most people. Use what you normally would at home.
    4. Anti-inflammatory - Unless you regularly require anti-inflammatory medication, you should need nothing more than Aspirin and Ibuprofen.
      If you cannot tolerate these, then see your doctor for a prescription.
    5. Blister Treatment - One of the most crippling trekking ailments is foot blisters.
      The best remedy is avoiding them by wearing well-fitting, broken in footwear.
      If you are unfortunate enough to develop blisters, then the best treatment is moleskin padding. Once a blister has developed, the addition of Second Skin or tape will help relieve the pain. Include lots of moleskin and tape in your kit.
    6. Antibiotics - Your doctor can prescribe suitable antibiotics if you explain where you are going. You will need medications such as ciprofloxacin for gastro intestinal infections and cephalexin for upper respiratory tract infections.
    7. Lip Salve - Cracked lips can become infected. Regular application of lip salve will lessen the cracking. It should also contain sun block.
    8. Sunscreen - The sun’s rays at high altitude are much more damaging than at sea level. Make sure you bring lots of sunscreen rated at least SPF 15.
    9. Anti-Motility Tablets - These are the ones that bung you up. They should only be used as a last resort and then only for a short time. The best known are Lomotil and Imodium.
    10. Nasal Decongestant - You can use a non-sedating nasal decongestant like Sudafed for colds and air travel.
    11. Antihistamines - Used for the relief of cold symptoms and allergic reactions to stings, bites, etc. There are many brands available; Sudafed is a well known example.
    12. Bandages - Bring a selection of tape bandages, small adhesive bandages, butterfly bandages, and a roll of cotton gauze. Also include a three or four-inch elastic bandage for the treatment of strains and sprains.
    13. Instruments - Small scissors, needle (for removing splinters), safety pins, and tweezers.
    14. Miscellaneous - Vitamins, pocket knife, zip-lock bags.

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