Climbing in Guatemala – Amatitlan Rock Breakdown

Guest post by Brandon Villatoro (Travel Experta’s son)

Amatitlan and Xela are the biggest and most recommended places for climbing in Guatemala. I will mainly tell you my experience of Amatitlan because I have never been to Xela. But will be going soon, so stay tuned.

Climbing in Guatemala - Amatitlan Rock Breakdown

Amatitlan is a very big lake (Lake Amatitlan) located south of Guatemala City, about thirty minutes from there. Once you arrive to the spot of the entrance to the rock, it is about a ten minute hike to the first sector.

The rock is split up into six distinct sectors.  It’s easy to get around, there are signs that direct you to the different sectors of choice.

Climbing in Guatemala - Hiking to the rock

Sector 6 has some of the most famous and hardest routes of Amatitlan. Altogether there are around ten routes to choose from.

Sector 6 is also really famous because the only way to get to Sector 6 is climbing through a cave called La Chimenea. It is about seven meters tall, not really hard, but the fun of it is climbing through a chimney.

The rock in Amatitlan is mostly edges, crimps with some pockets.

In order to climb in Amatitlan you need to have good finger strength and good technique because the holds are mostly crimps so using your feet correctly is super important.

There are a few routes with pockets. And a ton of crack climbing. But the cracks here are either really good with edges or very slopy. When the cracks are slopy the routes are usually hard core.

Climbing in Guatemala

By Eduardo Rojas

Sundays are the best days to go because all the climbers go on Sundays. One great thing about climbing in Guatemala is the community. It’s a small, but welcoming, fun group. And when you finish climbing you can go down to Belay Partners Hostel to eat and hang out and talk climbing.                        

Climbing in Guatemala - Fun after hitting the rock

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Climbing in Guatemala - Amatitlan Rock Breakdown

About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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