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Nebaj to Todos Santos from Antigua, Guatemala

This is Guatemala’s top trekking route! 5 days of “out there”trekking across the remote departments of Quiche and Huehuetenango. This trek traverses areas only accessible by foot. We’ll walk through small, seemingly forgotten Mayan villages of people that were displaced by nearly 35 years of civil war. Along the way we stay in small community run hostels and/or hotels and break bread with local families. Much of the route is above 10,000 ft. across the Guatemalan altiplano.

We offer 2 options along this classic route; both treks start in the Ixil Mayan stronghold of Nebaj and finish in the remote mountain village of Todos Santos, famous for its “Day of the Dead” festivities. On our hut to hut option we rely each night on the hospitality of the local communities we pass through. We will spend 4 nights in community hostals that are set up across the highlands. We’ll sit around the hearth of a local family and break bread with a local family.

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  • What's included :
    • All food and lodging
    • Private transportation
    What's excluded :
    • Hiking boots or trekking shoes (no sandals)
    • Daypack with rain cover
    • One warm layer and/or windbreaker
    • Rain jacket (May thru October)
    • Personal Toiletries and/or medications
    • Camera, Hat, Sunglasses & Sunscreen
    • Two liters of water (minimum)
    • Flashlight

  • Day 1: Xexocom

    Stop At: Xexocom, Guatemala
    A 6-hour mountainous drive from Antigua will take us
    out to Nebaj in the department of Quiché, right into the heart of the Mayan highlands. Nebaj, the main town of the Ixil Triangle, is rich in culture and history. This region of the country was the “hot-seat” of the rebellion during the country’s nearly 35 year civil war. Our trek today takes us over a ridge and through the neighboring village of Acul, the first of Guatemala’s “model villages”. As a way to undermine the strength of the Mayan farmers, the Guatemalan military rounded up various Mayan groups of different ethnic background and forced them to live together under the watchful eye of the government. Settlements like this were thus called “model villages”. From there, we continue on to Xexocom, a tiny village set right underneath the Chortiz plateau. Our overnight there is what is known as a “salon comunitario”, i.e. a multi-purpose building that is a classroom by day and serves as a haven for weary travelers by night.
    Duration: 8 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 2: Pajuil País:

    Stop At: Guatemala, Guatemala
    DAY 2 – Xexocom to Pajuil País: Today’s hike will take us up a long climb (~2hrs, 800 mts) onto the Chortiz plateau. Once up there, we will enjoy beautiful cross country walking through farm fields, forests, and local towns. We’ll trek through the remote Mayan settlement of Chortiz, a town completely isolated from the world with no connections by road or power. The town is a pure picture of life for the local Maya in these highlands, and a very unique place to visit. Continuing across the altiplano at nearly 3300m, we finally start our descent to the mountain-side community of Pajuil País, where we overnight in a community hostel.
    Duration: 8 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 3: chabal

    Stop At: Guatemala, Guatemala
    DAY 3 – Pajuil País to Chabal: Today’s objective will be to cross the Aguacatán ravine. We hike across the plateau and down into the valley before climbing back out, beginning our 13 kilometer push to the Chancol and San Nicolás area. Here we catch local transport across the densely populated Paquix plateau to the community of Chabal, where we overnight.
    Duration: 8 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 4: Chabal to Tuicoyg

    Stop At: Guatemala, Guatemala
    DAY 4 – Chabal to Tuicoyg: A stunning piece of trail climbs up to the high ridge home to the highest two non-volcanic peaks of Guatemala; La Torre (~3800mts.) and Cerro de los Cuervos (~3850mts.). Once on the plateau, the hike is mostly flat, as we traverse the open expanse known as the “Devil’s flats” on our way to the village of Tuicoyg.
    Duration: 8 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 5: Tuicoyg to Todos Santos

    Stop At: Guatemala, Guatemala
    DAY 5 – Tuicoyg to Todos Santos: Our final walk in this range will drop us off the
    high plateau and down into the town of Todos Santos, a cowboy town and one of the few
    remaining villages where the men where the traditional village garb. This rocky trail is
    virtually all downhill, snaking its way out of the mountains down through the thick pine
    forests that characterize the region. We will explore this colorful and vibrant village in the
    afternoon and spend the night here before our transfer to Antigua the following morning.
    Duration: 8 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Time :
    5:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.


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Organised by Purple Mayan Tours

Activity ID: V-108102P100

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