This running vacation in Guatemala includes transportation to and from the Guatemala City Airport and during the six-day tour, seven nights’ hotel stays, daily meals and snacks, bilingual tour guides, park entrance fees, one-hour professional massage, lake kayak rentals, forest canopy zip-line tour and travel insurance.
Experience the rich Mayan culture surrounding Lake Atitlan, an expansive body of water contained within an ancient caldera situated at more than 5,000 feet above sea level as you run from village to village. After running each morning, afternoons are free for exploring historic sites, enjoying zipline adventures, getting a massage, learning how to make corn tortillas by hand or soaking in a lakeside wood-heated hot tub.
After arriving at the Guatemala City Airport, we’ll whisk you off to the historic city of Antigua, which we’ll explore on foot with a five-mile run around the city’s most beautiful sites. Get your first taste of the fresh, local food based on traditional Guatemalan recipes. Guatemalan food is not spicy, and often includes black beans, rice, and fresh, handmade corn tortillas.
Enjoy an easy 5-mile guided run around the scenic, historic town of Antigua. Later, we’ll drive two hours in a private shuttle to Panajachel, on the shores of Lake Atitlan
Enjoy a 10-mile run from San Antionia Palopo to Panajachel on mild to steep terrain through the hills surrounding Lake Atitlan, including a short boat ride connecting before completing the run with a scenic lakeside mile.
Today’s run is 16 miles on moderately hills trails that follow the lakeside to Tazununa, and ascends for about six miles to San Jose Chacaya. Enjoy 360-degree views overlooking the lake while passing through quaint villages like Santa Lucia Utatlan and San Marcos Laguna.
After traveling by private boat to San Juan La Laguna, we’ll begin today’s run on a trail up to Maya Face. This is a gorgeous 1.5-mile steeply ascending trail topping out at a peak with views in all directions. From the top of Maya Face, we descend to a several quaint villages before descending to the lakeshore. .
Today’s four-mile run includes a challenging yet rewarding ascent to San Pedro Volcano, from which we soak in unforgettable views of other cone-shaped volcanoes dotting the horizon.
Our last day is a jaunt up the mountainside on the north-west side of Panajachel and around the mountain to Concepcion before returning along the Panajachel River.
“Greg makes the whole trip doable for everyone. We saw incredible things that we never would have seen otherwise.”
Sarah, from Miami, Florida
“It’s by far the best thing we’ve done yet in Guatemala. We got to interact with the townspeople which was just great. I highly recommend it!.”
Hannah from Denver, Colorado
“The scenery is gorgeous, with flowers, mossy trees, corn patches, locals coming through saying hello, it’s been great.”
“It’s been an amazing time and definitely the highlight of our trip. We went through corn fields and amazing gardens.”
Matt and Buffy, Park City, Utah
Americans Greg and Lucy Jensen live year-round at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala with their four boys, ages 11, 8, 6 and 2. Greg has been trail running for more than 20 years, having grown up running the well-known Wildwood Trail in Portland, Oregon.