FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The highest altitude we trek to is the summit of San Cristobal at 1,745m (5,725 feet). San Cristobal is the tallest volcano in Nicaragua.
It depends on the trek. Our one day trip to Cerro Negro is generally accessible to all. Other treks such as San Cristobal and Momotombo are more suitable for the very fit. The difficulty level of the treks depends on fitness level, ability to cope with heat, previous hiking experience, etc.
Quetzaltrekkers has a stockroom of donated gear which includes sleeping mats, sleeping bags, tents, tarps, backpacks, and boots, to supplement anything you may be missing. As all of our equipment is donated to us (and gets a lot of use), the quality of the equipment can vary greatly between items. Equipment rental is included in the cost of the trek, although we strongly encourage each client to use as much of their personal gear as possible.
Quetzaltrekkers does its best to accommodate individual requests for particular hikes. In order to schedule a hike, Quetzaltrekkers must have guides available and the group must meet the minimum number required (or be willing to pay the difference). Our ability to schedule new hikes depends upon availability of guides and equipment, whether it is high or low season, and a number of other factors such as weather. Each request is considered independently, and it is best to contact the Quetzaltrekkers office, by e-mail, phone, or in person.
Yes. Spare bags can be left in a locked room in our office while you are out on a trek.
Yes. San Cristóbal, Momotombo, Cerro Negro, and Telica are all active volcanoes and many of them have erupted in the last decade. Accordingly, there is inherent risk in participating in activities near or on the volcanos. In order to minimize the risk, Quetzaltrekkers pays close attention to all governmental warnings and adheres to any governmental recommendations or restrictions. This means that sometimes trips can be cancelled due to unexpected volcanic activity.
Yes, clients are required to carry their own packs. For most overnight hikes, packs weigh about 15 kilos (33 pounds) on average. On most overnight hikes, there is the possibility to rent a horse to carry your pack - the price varies per hike, and more information can be provided if you contact the Quetzaltrekkers office, by e-mail, phone, or in person. Of course, in the case of an emergency, guides can carry a client’s equipment.
Definitely! We’ve hosted vegetarians, vegans, lactose intolerants, gluten-free clients, and other seed-eaters on our hikes, and we are well accustomed to accommodating a variety of dietary needs. Overall, we like to eat, and we love to share our enthusiasm for food!
Your spot will be reserved once we payment, prior to 6pm the day before the trek.
We can take note that you are interested, but your spot will not be guaranteed until we receive your cash deposit in person.
Our treks run rain or shine. We plan for the worst weather and hope for the best!
No. All profits from treks go directly to the causes Quetzaltrekkers supports. No trek money is given to the guides as payment for their time and effort. Volunteers cover their own personal living expenses through tips (which are always appreciated) and their own savings. We´re all here for the kids.
Yes, these are described on our main Treks page.