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Hiking In And Around Todos Santos - Trekking Todos Santos Cuchumatan - Guatemala

When you find yourself in Todos Santos. The Internet café by the Hotelito Todos Santos Inn is an informal tourist information point and from there you can organize guided hikes for about $15 per person, or less if you’re in a group. The Swiss husband of the woman who runs Casa Familiar and the women’s cooperative is also a keen guide, speaking French, German, English, Spanish and Mam.

Alternatively, you can ask around, get some directions and go walking yourself. Below are some typical hiking destinations.

La Torre: At 3837 meters (12,589 ft.) above sea level, this is the highest non-volcanic peak in Central America. A 90-minute hike through pine and cedar forest and past farm houses will take you to the lookout, where there is an unbeatable view stretching all the way from the mountains of Mexico down to Antigua and including Tacaná, Tolimán and the Volcán de Agua.

Tuilam is the village at the end of a three-hour hike atop the mountain range, with views of the volcanoes surrounding Quetzaltenango, Panajachel and San Marcos

Tuicoy is a village about five hours outside town. The trek takes in some amazing scenery. You can take a bus back and also add in a detour to Puerto del Cielo.

Puerto del Cielo is located four hours from town, but your efforts will be rewarded at ‘heaven’s gate’. At 4,210 meters (13,812 ft.) above sea level, you get an awesome view across to the mountains of Mexico.

Piedra Cuache is reached by an easy three-hour easy walk, mostly on flat ground passing historical rock formations.

Las Cuevas: A pleasant 2-hour walk leads to this group of caves, used for Maya rituals. Begin at La Macta - the tree growing out of a rock.

San Juan Atitán: This trek goes through an ancient cloud forest to a village over the other side of the hills from Todos Santos through a beautiful isolated valley, where traditional dress is purple and white. Thursday is a good day to go for the market, but otherwise the village is pretty quiet.

Tzunul village: With birds singing and the water flowing, the walk to Tzumul is a relaxing three hours along the river. You can usually see people sitting out on their porches weaving.

Rosario village: This is a great opportunity to see the Friday animal market. You’ll see young boys herding their sheep to sell during the three-hour trek.

Las Letras: If you don’t have much time, this is a good and quirky walk to do by yourself. On a hillside overlooking the town, its name is spelled out in rocks – sort of a Guatemalan version of the Hollywood sign. The views are nice too.

Todos Santos Cuchumatan, Guatemala


By Joanne Sykes

Born and raised in Yorkshire, England, Jo is currently working as a freelance travel writer in Latin America. With degrees in...

12 May 2010

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