Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Come prepared for all weathers and avoid travel to Guatemala in October if the end of the wet season in 2013 that I experienced is anything to go by. If bad weather washes out the paths, trekking poles are pretty much essential – particularly for the steep descent off the Zunil Ridge down to Georginas Hot Springs.
The accommodation arrangements for the 6 days of trekking are supposed to consist of camping in tents. Spacious canvas tents were provided, but they weren’t waterproof so we ended up sleeping on the think foam mattresses provided on the floor of a nearby refuge for the first two nights of the trek and on the floor of a classroom of the local school for the 3rd and 4th nights (again on the think foam mattresses provided). Note that the 2 nights spent at Georginas Hot Springs actually involve staying in cabins rather than camping.
Money exchange in Antigua was somewhat time-consuming – it may be better to get some Quetzales changed at the airport at the beginning of the trip where exchange rates are as competitive as in town.