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.
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.
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.
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.
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