The Down Under / Over the Hill Tour combines the Volcano and the Antigua half-day tours. It was first requested by Lesleyanne and Andrew visiting from Brisbane, Australia, hence the first part of the name. "Down Under" also refers to the easy morning ride from Antigua's 1500 m elevation to the coastal highway at nearly sea level. The rest of the tour is "Over the Hill", first along the foothills of volcano Acatenango and then on the surrounding hills of Antigua.

Morning

The route around the volcanoes Acatenango and Fuego is no doubt one of the most scenic ones in Guatemala. If you want to experience the incredible climatic and natural diversity of this country, this five hour tour is for you.

The first part is a gentle descent from Antigua to the tropical climate of the Pacific coast. Palm trees, colorful exotic plants and people in shorts and flip-flops gradually dominate the scenery.

After a refreshing fruit shake in Siquinalá there’s only one direction: Up. The air gets fresher and traffic disappears with every mile on the perfect pavement of the twisty road to San Pedro Yepocapa. Canyon carving at its best. Before you know it, Acatenango is right there, so close that you can almost touch this dormant giant.

This is Royal Enfield territory. Now it's just you, nature and the deep sound of the Classic 500. The view at 6500 ft is spectacular and on a clear day you can even see the volcanoes of Lake Atitlan in the distance.

Afternoon

After lunch, the second part of our tour will take you to San Antonio Aguas Calientes and Pastores on rollercoaster-like Ruta Nacional 14. The first village is famous for its Mayan weaver cooperative and the latter for the artisanal manufacturing of leather goods.

A coffee break at Finca Filadelfia will sharpen your senses before you head to Antigua’s surrounding hills. Sweeping views of the Panchoy Valley with the volcanoes Agua, Fuego and Acatenango towering in the background make this ride a truly unforgettable one.

 

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