Hiking Laguna de Chicabal

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Casa Xelaju is offering hiking trips to Laguna de Chicabal.


Laguna de Chicabal, located in San Martin Sacatepequez, Quetzaltenango, is a sacred ceremonial center for the Mam (Maya) population living in this area. Its altitude is 2,900 meters (8,898 feet) above sea level. The lagoon, located in the crater of Volcano Chicabal, is surrounded by cloud forests which make this place magical, beautiful and unique.  On the west side of this volcano, hikers can see volcano Santa Maria and Santiaguito.

Price. Hiking to Laguna de Chicabal is $45.00 per person, 4 minimum. The hiking trip includes transportation from Casa Xelaju building to a village near the main entrance, fee to access the park, a tour guide, free purified water in our building. We leave Quetzaltenango early in the morning and we  return at 2:00 PM.

You will need to bring good hiking shoes, plenty of water, snacks, a raincoat and a  jacket.

Because of the beauty of this park and the surrounding area, experts have called it a “natural jewel in Guatemala”.

In the morning, we will leave Quetzaltenango to San Martin Sacatepequez, also known as a San Martin Chile Verde.  Our bus will stop two km south of this village to drop off hikers. From this point, we start walking to the main entrance of the Laguna de Chicabal Park.  We climb to the summit where we will begin our descent down 780 steps into the crater to the lagoon.

The hiking/walking will take up two hours going up and one hour returning. It is a moderately difficult hike and not recommended for people who have knee problems.

Because this is a Mam ceremonial center, it is important to respect the ceremonies that often take place on the shores of the lake.  Swimming in this lake is not allowed because the locals consider it a sacred place.

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