Shuttle Schedule – Shuttles MUST be booked by 8:00pm the night before. The shuttle will pick you up at the front door of Kasa Kiwi. Please add me to your WhatsApp and message me your shuttle request. Tom +502 5510-0558
Tour and Treks Must be booked 12 to 24 hours in advance. Please add me to your WhatsApp and send me your trek requests. Tom +502 5510-0558
Las Fuentes Georginas
Lovely natural hot spring in the middle of lush green mountains. Entrance fee is Q60. Daily tour from Xela leaving at 830-900am Cost: Q150 entrance fee included. Other transport options are Uber Q55-Q85 one way. Local Bus: take the bus to Zunil from the Shell gas station 1 block from Kasa Kiwi. Once in Zunil, walk to the main plaza in front of the white church. Find a taxi or pickup truck. Negotiate price to Las Fuentes (Q45 and up). To return you will need to find a ride from the hot springs back to the main road. Then walk back through the village of Zunil and catch the bus back to Xela.
Laguna Chicabal is a Guatemalan lake sacred to the Mam Mayan people. The lake is located in the middle of the sunken crater of the Chicabal volcano. in the town of San Martín “Chili Verde” Sacatepéquez about 1hr outside of Xela. Entrance fee: Q25. Daily Tours can be arranged, the cost is Q275/person including RT private transport, Guide and Entrance fee. Other transport options Uber Q65 to Q150. Local Bus: Catch the bus (Van) near 6ta Calle and 15/16 Ave Zona 3 one block north of Parque Benito Juarez. This bus will drop you off at the main road entrance to Laguna Chicabal. From there you can walk 2 hours to the top. To save time pay a taxi or pickup truck to take you to the car park. From here it is a 45min hike to the top. Once at the top there is a set of 600 steps you must descend to get to the lake. Please remember this is a sacred Lake No Swimming.
Santa Maria Volcano
One of the most popular hikes in Xela is the one to Santa Maria Volcano and the view of the Santiaguito active cone. For best chances of seeing an eruption you need to summit the volcano before 10am. The hike takes 3 to 5 hours up and 2 to 3 hours down. Daily Tours Transport & Guide Q250. In order to summit before 10am it is best to catch the first bus at 6:00am. You can also Uber to Llanos de Pinal approx Q50. To get to the trailhead you need to take an early morning bus to Llanos de Pinal. The bus stops across the street from Iglesia El Calvario Zona 1 in front of Parque El Calvario 4ta Calle and 20 ave. This bus also passes through the Minerva Terminal. The main road in Llanos del Pinal leads directly to the path that leads to the base of Volcan Santa Maria.
The highest mountain in Central America and Guatemala is Volcan Tajumulco. It is a huge stratovolcano, which reaches the elevation of 4220 meters above sea level.
It is definitely possible to climb Tajumulco in one day if you start very early from Xela (Quetzaltenango) or you can do the overnight hike and camp on the volcano. There is also a late night hike that leaves at 10:30pm returning back to Xela the next day. To make the trek you need to take the first chicken bus to San Marcos approx. 2 hour. From the bus station in San Marcos you will need to take a chicken bus which goes to Crucero Tajumulco. Bus ride will take around an hour. You will be dropped near the crossroad where you can start climbing the mountain.
One day trek, 4:30am, guide and transport: Q450
2 day 1 night, 6:00am, guide, gear, transport: Q450
1 night *full moon* 10:30pm guide, transport: Q500
Cerro El Baul
This wooded hill can be seen from the Kasa Kiwi Rooftop is a popular weekend destination for city dwellers. It has wonderful views across Xela’s broad plain and to the volcanos that fringe it. There are some surprisingly fast and scary kids’ slides and a giant obelisk with great Maya warrior Tecún Umán carved in relief – legend claims he is buried on this spot. The hike takes approx 1 hour from the front door of Kasa Kiwi.
Guided tour: Q100/person
Head up hill toward Almolonga, at the large turn almost to the top of the highway, take the cobblestone road heading right toward the Cerros and also the thermal baths marked on the highway as “Baños Los Vahos” (a fairly well known spot, and a good landmark for this hike). The baths are created from geothermal energy from the still active Volcano and are a good stop on the return from a long hike. After heading up the road for about 200 meters, turn at the sign “Baños los Vahos.” The baths are to the right, the Volcano to the left. Walk up the paved road for about 30 minutes and you will arrive at a community called Chicuá. Take a right off the road onto an obvious trail paved with stones. 15 minutes up this trail will bring you to a soccer field, and from there several obvious paths lead up to the mulit-summit Volcán Cerro Quemado.
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