Guatemala – Three Day Trek From Xela to Lake Atitlan
on March 3, 2011
We spent the weekend (Saturday – Monday) hiking 46 km through rolling back country from Xela to Lake Atitlan – which is one of the most beautiful lake I’ve ever seen. The two and half day journey was lead by a super cool organization called QuetzalTrekkers. The volunteer run organization puts all the money it raises by leading treks all over the Xela region toward runner a school and dormitory for street kids in the area. The hike took us through the very up-and-down landscape that was shaped by the regions volcanoes (to nearly 10,000 ft. a couple times). We stayed two nights in small villages, where the local people still primarily speak their native tongue, and spanish is a clear second language. There we about 15 of us on the trek, and it was a super fun way to spend some time with travelers from all over the world – many lovely connections were made. If you’re ever in the region, a trek with QuetalTrekkers is not to be missed!
On the last day of the trek, we got up at 4:00 and hiked 40 minutes to a ridge overlooking Lake Atitlan to watch the sunrise over the lake – which was, to put it simply, incredible. Photos of the sunrise can be seen here.