Quetzaltrekkers
Quetzaltrekkers
5
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Quetzaltrekkers is the only all non-profit, all volunteer-run trekking organization in Guatemala. Whether you're scaling a towering volcano or going from highland village to highland village, participating in our treks is a truly unique experience. 100% of our profits support a local school and dormitory for children living in Quetzaltenango.
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

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maddipetro
41 contributions
Dec 2022 • Solo
Had a great time on the 3 day Lago Atitlan trek! I think the views themselves weren't super special. You can get great views so many places in Guatemala it seems! But the experience was definitely worth it for me. It was my first multi-day trek. The first day was the toughest because it was so much uphill hiking, which is tough for me for some reason (but downhill I can keep up and breathe much easier).

Since I'm slow going uphill, I really appreciated that there was always a guide in the front and the back. We started with 3 guides for 15 of us, but 1 got sick and had to take a truck back to Xela day 2. So it was nice we still had 2 so I wasn't left behind in the back.

Thanks especially to Yara for sticking with me in the back of the pack. Thanks Matt for bringing everyone's energy up without trying. Thanks Stav for keeping it fun while you could, hope you feel better!

Carrying the sleeping bags and mats wasn't so bad, and at the homestays they provided us with another thick straw mat. It was a lot more comfortable than I expected! I've slept in hostel beds that were much harder than those mats. The sleeping bags you can borrow are tall size, which is great for anyone over 5'8" like me. I had lots of extra space even sleeping on my tummy, which takes up more length than if I slept on my side or back without my toes pointed.

Like another reviewer said, we got lots of good food (actually a big reason why I booked this company vs others), including a xmas dinner on xmas eve and a restaurant meal of our choice (I got amazing mushroom pizza) when we arrived at the lake on xmas. We also got to jump into the lake from the restaurant while waiting for our food, which was super fun - I jumped twice!

For Q300 or about $35 USD extra than other companies, it was worth it having the good portions of food and great guides. And the extra money goes toward a good cause helping children in Guatemala go to school, which isn't common especially for indigenous communities who start working at a young age instead.
Written February 4, 2023
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Florian Gansemer
Hamburg, Germany30 contributions
Jan 2023
Wow, I'm still thrilled by this amazing experience. We did a really nice 3-day hike from Xela to San Pedro Lake Atitlan. Everything was super well organized, we had amazing guides and slept with local families. We got to know a lot about Guatemala and its culture. But the best thing is, that all the money goes to a social project!! Totally recommend taking this tour.
Written January 31, 2023
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Julia P
2 contributions
Jan 2023
I did the 3 day hike from xela to lakje atitlan and it was great!
The hike was definitely a highlight of my two week trip to guatemala. The hike was beautiful, challenging, and very well organized. There was plenty of food and included activities for the price. My guide was Yara and Felix and both were amazing. There were so many fun surprises and goodies along the way that made the hike all worth it. Definitely worth the while if you love to hike and want to go to the Lake!
Written January 25, 2023
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Narayanpr
Phoenix, AZ68 contributions
Jan 2023 • Solo
I did two hikes with Quetzal trekkers during the weekends in between my Spanish classes. One hike was to Santa Maria volcano & the other to Tajamulco. It was amazing to say the least. All the three guides (Yara, Steff & Brian) were super amicable, helpful and fun. It was my first overnight hike carrying 15kg on my back to Tajamulco, they helped me push through and cooked at the base camp. They had an extensive medical kit on hand to treat any symptoms as we hiked in the higher altitudes. The guides, who are volunteers at this org, did a fantastic job. It was so much better than the other paid tours / hikes I have taken all over the world. The guides were a wealth of information about the volcanoes and the history/ politics / geography of the region. Further, more than 1/2 of my tour expense went towards education of kids on the streets (la escuela de la Calle). All in all, the hikes were spectacular and is something I’d cherish about my time in Xela
Written January 23, 2023
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Rosalie
4 contributions
Jan 2023 • Solo
Great experience, would definitely recommend! Three days hiking from Xela to atitlan was amazing. Good food, good people, great views and a great local experience
Written January 17, 2023
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Tamar F
6 contributions
Jan 2023 • Solo
I did the 3 day Xela-Lago hike and it was one of the highlights of my time in Guatemala. The scenery was beautiful, the guides Yara and Brian were friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and fun. The food was amazing (way better than I had expected!).
Quetzatrekkers lend you everything you might need to hike. My advice would be to pack a raincoat and a backpack cover, even in the middle of the dry season it can rain a little!
Highlight was definitely watching the sunrise over the lake (see photo), absolutely magical - plus getting to know all the other people on the hike, which as a solo traveler was an unexpected bonus.
Written January 16, 2023
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yalluri
London, UK4 contributions
Jan 2023 • Solo
I did the 3 day hike from Xela to San Pedro and can say it was a highlight of my trip in Guatemala. All the guides and support staff involved in putting together the trek were amazing.
The guides were very professional and knowledgeable about the local traditions, people and landscapes we walked through.
But more importantly at the end of the trip they were more friends than just guides providing a service.
The trek itself is amazing and so shouldn't be missed.
Written January 2, 2023
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Talia S
2 contributions
Dec 2022
One of the best experiences of my life and the main highlight from my solo trip to Guatemala. As a 19-year-old female solo-traveler, Queztaltrekkers made me feel right at home. The places we saw, the FOOD the volunteer guides carried for us, the temezcal, the little villages, absolutely everything was so amazing and surprising in the best way. My expectations were blown out of the water. Yara and Jackie were the best, most supportive and motivating guides who always had smiles on their faces. When obstacles arose (such as one member getting food poisoning) they handled the situation flawlessly. Amazing people, an amazing organization. DO IT. You will not regret going on any of their treks.
Written December 23, 2022
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teresa
Germany6 contributions
Dec 2022 • Solo
The hike was an amazing experience. The two volunteers who joined were the best! Included food was super good and huge portions. All gear could be rented for no extra fee. It was a great experience sleeping at the locals homes. The volunteers also shared a lot of interesting information about Guatemala. I would definitely recommend to book with quetzaltrekkers for a great trip - and even supporting EDELAC with it.
Written December 20, 2022
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Marian V
3 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
We went on the 3-day trek to Lake Atitlan. It was a wonderfull experience! Our guides were great, the food was so good and all profits go to a great case. Would recommend to anyone!
Written December 10, 2022
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