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One-Day Hikes

Acul

Special offers for groups are available.

Acul is a quaint town of about 700 families, located at 1850m above sea level. During the hike from Nebaj to Acul visitors will hike up and down steep hills, while enjoying views of Nebaj y Acul. Our guides will share information about the history and plants in the region.

This hike offers a beautiful views of the surrounding mountains - some people compare them to views in Switzerland. Acul - just like Switzerland - has the tradition of making delicious cheese.  Visitors can enjoy cheese with tortillas during this tour at the Finca Mil Amores.
 

  • Difficulty:  Intermediate

  • Duration:  5 hours

  • Distance:  9 km

                                                                       

Cost for one person Q 135.00

Cost for each additional person Q 50.00


We recommend bringing about Q 200.00 if you would like to buy cheese and lunch in Acul.

Cocop

The village of Cocop is the higher part of a small valley, about 2220m above sea level. Cocop, a community of about 300 people, is 6km east of Nebaj. Most people make their living as corn farmers and raising farm animals.
The hike starts with a steep incline, where visitors will enjoy views of the mountains, pine forests, and corn fields. The group will stop along the way to observe valleys, listen to the birds singing, learn about beautiful flowers. In Cocop, visitors can each lunch with a family, as well as learn about the turbulent history of this small town. During the Guatemalan Civil War, on April 16th, 1981, the army of Guatemala killed 68 people and left their bodies at the entrance to the town.

After resting a bit in Cocop, the visitors will continue one and a half hours more down a pretty - but sometimes muddy -  path to the village of Rio Azul, or Blue River. This path follows the Rio Azul, where you can observe natural pools, fields of beans and corn, as well as cows and sheep. The return trip from Rio Azul will be a combination of the main highway and paths, or the travelers can choose to take a bus if they would prefer.

 

  • Difficulty:  Intermediate, more difficult during rainy season (August to December) due to mud

  • Duration:  6 hours

  • Distance:  10 km

 

Cost for one person Q 135.00

Cost for each additional person Q 50.00

La Pista

La Pista is located in the northern part of Nebaj, about 1500m above sea level. This hike starts with an incline, as visitors leave Nebaj. It passes the edge of a small lagoon, and then follows a beautiful path next to a small river. The hike continues upwards on a hill that serves as a lookout point to see all of Nebaj.

The people of La Pista mostly work in corn and bean farming, as well as selling firewood. It is known as La Pista which means “the landing strip” because during the Guatemalan Civil War in the 1980s it was used a landing location for helicopters and planes, as well as a refugee camp.  During the hike visitors will have lunch with a local family, during which time they can learn more about La Pista´s culture and history. 

 

  • Difficulty:  Intermediate

  • Duration:  5 hours

  • Distance:  10 km

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Cost for one person Q 135.00

Cost for each additional person Q 50.00

San Gaspar de Chajul

This hike begins with a bus ride from Nebaj, directly to Chajul. Chajul is a very traditional Ixil village. This is particularly noticeable through people's style of dress as well as their largely adobe architecture. Travelers will visit a majestic colonial church, and then continue up the San Andrés hill, about 3 km or 1 hour north of the community. The travelers will return to Nebaj by bus.

The municipality of Chajul is located about 1991m above sea level, between the temperate lands of Cuchumatanes and the warm lands of Ixcán. This town has about 53,000 inhabitants and has an advantage over other towns which is that each person owns more land, which they use to cultivate coffee to export.
 

  • Difficulty:  Easy

  • Duration:  5 hours

  • Distance:   6 km

 

Cost for one person  Q 275.00

Cost for each additional person Q 75.00

San Juan de Cotzal

This hike begins with a bus ride to Cotzal, a beautiful town with a variety of artists. There are about 1,600 families in the town, and they make a living through their artisanship, cultivation of corn, beans, and citrus, as well as other warm weather crops. The visitors will walk the main streets of Cotzal, and then begin a 3km hike to visit a famous waterfall, with crystal clear water. After walking back to the town of Cotzal, visitors will then return to Nebaj in bus.
 

San Juan Cotzal is located at 1793m above sea level, in the foothills of the Sierra de los Cuchumtanes and Sierra de Chamá mountains.


 

  • Difficulty:  Easy

  • Duration:  6 hours

  • Distance:   7 km

 

Cost for one person Q 275.00

Cost for each additional person  Q 75.00

Sacred Spaces

The Sacred Spaces tours is a guided excursion to 4 different religious Mayan sites within the city of Nebaj. These places are very important to the Ixil ancestors - it’s the perfect route for visitors who want to learn and explore the Ixil culture. These sites are unknown to those not from Nebaj, so the visitors really benefit from their guide who will teach them the significance of each place.

 

The route visits various sacred spaces, including Pukxuk, where ceremonies are performed to cure illnesses. It also visits the Nebaj cemetery, where it is believed the first inhabitants of Nebaj lives.

 

During the tour, the guide explains the history of each site, and the value it has for the Nebaj citizens. With luck, visitors will be able to observe a priest performing a ceremony. This tour will help visitors to appreciate the Guatemalan culture while preserving cultural history.
 

  • Difficulty:  Easy

  • Duration:  3.5 hours

  • Distance:  2.5 km

    Cost for one person Q 55.00
    Cost per additional person Q 25.00

 

Multi-Day Adventures

Parramos Grande

Parramos Grande is a particularly special hike because travelers pass through various communities and cultures. The town of Parramos Grande is located in the northern part of the Cuchumatanes mountains, about 2300m above sea level. After the three-day hike, travelers are rewarded with a beautiful river where they can swim if they choose.

 

On the first day, the hike begins in Nebaj. The visitors walk on trails towards Acul, going up and down. They pass through various communities and arrive at Xexuxcap where they enjoy lunch in the house of a local family. After lunch, the hike continues to the community of Chortis, where they will spend the night in a simple home. Chortis is 3200m above sea level. Day one includes about 6 hours of walking.

 

On the second day, visitors will share breakfast with their host family, and then begin hiking. This hike includes both inclines and declines, as well as beautiful views, on the way to Parramos Grande. Once in Parramos Grande, hikers will enjoy a simple dinner with a family and spend the night there.

 

On the third day, the visitors will share breakfast with the family and then begin a 4-5 hour hike to the community of Xepiun. In Xepiun there is time to rest while waiting for the bus to Nebaj. The return trip to Nebaj lasts about 1.5 hours in the bus. 
 

  • Difficulty: Hard

  • Duration:17 hours in 3 days

  • Distance: 35 km in 3 days
     

Cost for one person Q 785.00

Cost for each additional person Q 475.00

 

Includes:

  • Homestay for two nights

  • 6 meals

  • Guide for 3 days

Todos Santos

This is our most popular and rewarding hike, but also the most challenging! There are numerous routes to Todos Santos from Nebaj, but our preferred route avoids major roads and highways. Instead, hikers are lead through hidden mountain passes and flowered highland plains. 

On the first day, the hike begins with a one and a half hour bus ride to the community of Xepiun. From there, the travelers will take small trails to Parramos Grande, enjoying views of rivers, until they arrive at the community of Palop, where they will spend the first night with a family in a simple house.
 

On the second day, after eating breakfast with the family, the visitors will face a steep climb, but at the top be rewarded with sensational views of Palop and the surrounding mountains. After two hours of walking through a pine forest, the traveler will reach 3320m above sea level. During the afternoon the visitors walk down to the wide valley.
 

On the third day, the visitors will wake up early to walk to the highest peak in Guatemala. There, they will enjoy incredible views of the Tajumulco and Santa María volcanos. This final leg of the trip is about 4 hours, and then travelers will walk to the highway and take a bus to Todos los Santos.

 

Take warm heavy clothes, even in summertime, as the majority of the highland plains are more than 3000 meters above sea level.

  • Difficulty: 4-5 

  • Duration: 15-18.5 hours over 3 days

  • Distance: 50 km

Cost: 

Cost for one person Q 1025.00

Cost for each additional person Q 475.00

Includes:

  • Homestay for two nights

  • 6 meals

  • Guide for 3 days

Xeo-Cotzal

This three day hike takes visitors to some of the more isolated communities of the Ixil region, allowing travelers to get to know the Mayan culture up close.

On the first day, visitors will start their trip with a one-hour bus ride, to the trail head. From there they will walk on mountain paths, with both inclines and declines, in order to arrive at the community of Xeo, a low-income, mountain town. This community does not have electricity, although some families have solar light. The 123 families of Xeo work in cultivation of corn, and also rain farm animals such as cows, sheep, and chicken. After having lunch with a family in Xeo, visitors will continue hiking to the community of Vicalama, where they will spend the first night in a simple house with a family.

On the second day, visitors will leave Vicalama in the morning to spend the day walking about 8 hours, enjoying panoramic views to arrive at the community of Xecotz. They will have lunch with a family along the way.

On the third day, visitors will leave Xecotz, walking down to the Rio Txel, and then up to Nebaj. Visitors have the option to walk or take a bus back from La Pista, a community about 30 minutes from Nebaj in bus.

 

  • Difficulty: Hard

  • Duration: 16  hours in 3 days

  • Max Altitude: 2630m

  • Min Altitude: 1422m

  • Total Distance: 48k

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Cost for one person Q 835.00

Cost for each additional person Q 475.00
 

Includes:

  • Homestay for two nights

  • 6 meals

  • Guide for 3 days

  • Bus transportation the first day