Guatemala Mountains

Guatemala's mountains blanket much of the country, making it a veritable haven for naturalists and adventurers. Did you know that some of the nation's highest mountain peaks are actually volcanoes? It's true! Many run along the spine of the Sierra Madre Mountains, giving you a two-for-one adventure story. Another bonus of trekking through the nation? Guatemala's mountains tend to rise around several important destinations, so you can pick and choose your adventures and accommodations accordingly.

Lake Atitlan Guatemala
Lake Atitlan

Western Highlands

When hiking in Lake Atitlán, it’s a good idea to go with a guide. Trails are typically in decent shape, but they’re not always well-marked. Plus, your tour guide can provide interesting information about native flora and fauna — you’ll see plantations, farms, and lots of exotic plants.

Huehuetenango Guatemala
Huehuetenango

Western Highlands

On a hike through the countryside, you can see a number of Mayan villages, some of which have only a handful of residents. You'll also see interesting historic sites, like the "God of Luck" cave that sheltered refugees during the Guatemalan Civil War, as well as an official war memorial. More lighthearted stops might include a visit to a rural cheese factory, where you'll get to some fresh samples.