Expedition 9.2

Acatenango/ Fuego Volcano Adventure

    • From the bottom of Mt. Acatenango we will ascend in a 4×4 vehicle to the base camp at 12,044 ft. It will be about a 45 minute drive up.
    • When we reach our base camp we will have a beautiful view of the lava explosions from Fuego Volcano. 
    • There we will have a ½ hour break with a light supper before we begin our trek to Volcano Fuego.
    • We begin by heading down the steep slopes descending to the valley between Acatenengo and Volcan Fuego, along the knife-ridge trail while relishing the views and firework display of Fuego. It will be about 1.5 hours of hiking. Parts of the hike will be strenuous especially, the last 30 minutes before the summit.
    • When we reach a safe distance, about 300 ft. from the summit and the volcano crater of Fuego, you will feel the rumbling of the eruptions as you get closer.
    • As the volcano erupts every 20 minutes, we will try to catch at least 3 eruptions while we are up there.
    • IT WILL BE COLD (35), and windy up there. For this reason we recommend using a 3-layer system and always bring warm clothes. 
    • Therefore, although we supply all warm clothing including parkas, hats and gloves, should you want to use your own gear/ clothing, please feel free to do so.
    • We will then begin our trek back to the base camp, where our 4 x4 vehicles will be waiting for us to make the drive down Mt. Acatenango.
    • Above all this beautiful and challenging adventure will be something that you will certainly remember for the rest of your life!

Antigua Mountain ATV/ Coffee Plantation Tour 

    • This 4-hour tour will take you to various mountain tops with incredible views of the city, valley, and volcanoes near and around Antigua.
    • Our first stop will be a Coffee Plantation where we will have a guided tour of the facility.
    • We will also be visiting the main market, where you will be able to purchase all sorts of souvenirs and handcrafted items from local artisans.

Rainforest Waterfall Rappelling Adventure

    • This will be a 4-hour adventure where we will be hiking through a Guatemalan rainforest and rappelling down waterfalls of various heights, including one of a 150 ft. 

Paragliding over Lake Atitlan

    • Lake Atitlán in Guatemala is renowned for its breathtaking beauty and offers a unique paragliding experience. Surrounded by lush hills and three majestic volcanoes — Atitlán, Tolimán, and San Pedro — the lake presents an awe-inspiring backdrop for paragliders. The clear, deep blue waters of the lake contrast sharply with the vibrant greens of the surrounding landscapes, creating a vivid and picturesque scene.
    • Paragliding over Lake Atitlán, pilots often launch from the hills above the lake, taking advantage of the favorable thermal and wind conditions. The experience provides an unmatched bird’s-eye view of the lake and its surroundings, including the traditional Mayan villages dotted along its shores. The flight typically offers a peaceful and serene experience, allowing gliders to soak in the natural beauty of the area while gently floating above it.

Sunday, January 21- Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Sunday, 3 AM- leaving from one of the NYC Airports

Tuesday night (Wednesday), 1 AM  Arriving in one of the NYC airports

    • Led by Zev Freundlich

    – 25 years experienced Backpacking Guide and Wilderness Survivalist
    – Founder of Yaalozu Wilderness Survival Camp– Founder and CEO of  TeamCorp International

  • All of the Tours/ Adventures will be led by professional licensed guides
  • All food and food preparation is under the hechsher of Rabbi Chaim Silber, Chabad Shliach in Antigua, Guatemala. 
  • Limited to 20 slots
  • All-inclusive (excluding flights and travelers insurance) – $2500

Average November weather in Antigua Guatemala: 75/ day – 55/ night. 

(Summit of Acatenango, Fuego: 35/ Windy)

  • TRAVELERS insurance and medical coverage.
  • Personal hygiene, teeth hygiene. (Airbnb supplies soap and shampoo)
  • Sleeping, and/or lounge clothing and footwear, bathing suit, crocks.
  • Small knapsack for lunch and water (book bag)
  • A pair of comfortable sneakers and/or hiking shoes (must have good traction for slippery surfaces)
  • We will be hiking in water much of the time during the waterfall rappel. We suggest synthetic pants (specifically non cotton) and not shorts, as we will be rappelling off rocky cliffs.
  • Preferably a non-cotton t-shirt.
  • The weather will vary throughout the day and up the volcano. A well prepared  layering system is the best answer ie. warm jacket, rain jacket, sweatshirt/ fleece, gloves.
  • Hiking/ active wear for volcano hike, atv, paragliding (non cotton), 
  • Water shoes – any type of junky sneaker or shoe that you don’t mind getting wet that will give a secure fit. Not crocks.
  • Water Cap.
  • Hiking cap
  • Bug spray.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Siddur, Tallis, Tefillin, Seforim. 
  • Sim card: in order for your phone to work, whatsapp, ect. you will need to purchase a sim card in the GUA airport (about $5)
  • Optional: Water hydration system
  • Optional: Sunglasses for paragliding
  • BYOB (we will stop at a liquor store when we arrive in Antigua)
  1. All meals, non-alcoholic drinks and snacks
  2. Cold-weather gear; parkas, sweaters, cotton gloves.
  3. Warm winter hats
  4. Hiking poles
  5. Headlamps
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