Hiking amongst the mountains and lakes of the Maya
The central highlands of Guatemala are a true paradise for walkers. Formed by intense activity along the Pacific Ring of Fire, lofty volcanoes are commonplace, and on this trip we ascend to the summit of several of the most accessible peaks.
The scenery is dramatic throughout, especially in the range surrounding beautiful Lake Atitlan. Here, we hike through traditional Indian villages, coffee plantations and cloud forest as we climb peaks which offer staggering views.
Although most of the volcanoes are now dormant, we walk to the lava fields of active Pacaya and to the steaming crater of Cerro Quemado. As well as the fantastic walking on offer, there is plenty of time to delve into the local culture and find out more about the Mayan Indians who live in the highlands.
The colonial city of Antigua is a photographer's dream with its colourful low houses and the ruins of churches destroyed by the earthquakes which have rocked Guatemala over the centuries.
What makes this trip responsible?
Whilst trekking, camp staff prepare breakfasts and dinners using food obtained in local markets, ensuring money is spent in the local community. There are various opportunities for interaction with locals, including artists and weavers co-operatives. This helps to foster cultural understanding and keeps traditions alive.