Pacaya Volcano National Park Impact Marathon, Guatemala

Run through Guatemala’s beating heart on this ethical adventure. 4-10 March 2019

On this ethical adventure, you will experience a unique perspective on this stunning Central American country. Staying in a vibrant athlete’s village, you will visit indigenous Maya communities, volunteer on a local charity project, visit the UNESCO World Heritage city of Antigua and take part in an epic community Marathon across lava fields in the shadow of volcanoes. If a marathon is a step too far you can complete a 21km or 10k race too.

Your hassle-free adventure includes

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • 10km, 21km or 42km race
  • Organised activities
  • Airport transfers .

Perfect for

Anyone looking for a fleet-footed Guatemalan experience that makes a difference along the way. With 10km, 21km and 42km race distances available there is something for beginner and experienced runners.

Adventures for good:

Your host is an organisation dedicated to building sustainable communities through the power of running. Through organising epic races throughout the world (check out our others marathons in Kenya, Malawi and Nepal), they aim to raise funds, raise awareness and contribute valuable volunteer time to carefully selected local initiatives.

Read the whole story behind these amazing events in our interview with the founder.

See all of our Adventures for Good here.

Need To Know

The goal for each race is to fundraise £250k which will go directly to the local projects identified, in partnership with the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. This race focusses on issues particularly pertinent in Guatemala - reduced inequality and quality education.

Once you’ve signed up for the race you’ll set up your fundraising page and choose the project that means the most to you.

While there is no minimum, runners are asked to target raising £1000, to go their choice of project. You’ll be visiting the projects you’ve fundraised for and getting fully involved while you are there too.

Once you’ve signed up for the race you’ll set up your fundraising page and choose the project that means the most to you. On average runners raise £1000 and although we don’t set a minimum fundraising target, we do ask everyone to aim for at least £1000. The more we raise, the bigger the impact.

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks

Your group will be around 50. Big enough to feel a part of a community, small enough that you will get to know everyone through the week.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people. You will go home having made new friends from all over the world.

You will need to fly in and out of Guatemala City. Once you have booked on your host will be able to advise on the best flight times.

Yes, children from the age of 8 are welcome to join this trip.


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This adventure takes place in the beautiful and varied Central American country of Guatemala. Your accommodation in the athlete’s village sits on a hill overlooking the town of Antigua. It’s imposing colonial architecture and rich cultural history have earned the city the status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

During your adventure, you will also be exploring the traditional Maya villages in the surrounding area. The indigenous Maya people have lived in Guatemala for centuries and many of their traditions and customs have remained unchanged. There are many great local charities in the region helping the local communities to adapt sustainably to the pressures of the modern world.

The race itself takes place in the Pacaya Volcano National Park and is a great chance to explore this incredible landscape. There are not one, but three volcanoes visible from the athlete’s village. During the race, you’ll take on a challenging course across brittle lava fields – a unique experience not to be missed.

Start point

This adventure begins at Guatemala City Airport where you will meet your transfer.

Finish point

At the end of the trip, you will be transferred back to Guatemala City Airport.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrive and Welcome Evening

After touching down in Guatemala City, it’s an hour’s transfer to your home for the week in the Athletes Village. The first evening of the trip is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers over some fine Guatemalan cuisine. You will also meet your local hosts and find out more about their work in the area and the plan for the week.

Day 2: Visiting an Indigenous Mayan Communities

Waking up, there is often a spectacular view of the sunrise from the camp. Each morning there is an optional yoga session to channel your zen. If you’d like to check out the local terrain there is also an optional training run. The rest of the day is spent visiting indigenous Mayan communities to find out about their lives, culture and challenges.

Day 3: Volunteering With a Project

Today is your chance to get stuck in and help with one of the great local charities with their work. The projects you could be involved in range from digging water pipelines to supply villages with drinking water to supporting youth leadership training. Your help offers invaluable assistance to these important local projects.

Day 4: Volunteering and Sunset Drinks

A second day volunteering on your project offers the satisfaction of seeing some real headway from your efforts. Spending time working alongside local charities is also a great insight into Guatemalan life. To celebrate your project, the day ends with drinks in the Sunset Bar. It’s a rewarding experience to know that your little adventure has made a real difference.

Day 5: Rest Day

Today is all about resting and relaxing in preparation for race day. Chill out by the pool, read a book or simply kick back and enjoy the peace of your surroundings. There’s an option to head into Antigua for lunch and a quick explore. In the evening, there’s a pasta party to load those carbs ready to run.

Day 6: Race Day

Race day has arrived! Having spent the week travelling, eating and volunteering alongside your fellow runners the day has an even more special feel. Whether you’re tackling the 10km, 21km or full 42km course, the route is spectacular making the most of the volcanic terrain. Spend the evening dancing the night away to celebrate a great day’s racing.

Day 7: Heading Home

After a spectacular and varied week culminating in a great finale, it’s time to head home. There’s one last chance to swap contact details and share stories over breakfast. Then, a transfer gets you to Guatemala City airport and your flight home.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.


You will be staying in a dome tent in the ‘Athlete’s Village’ set on the hillside above the local town of Antigua. Your dome tent comes with a mattress, bedding and pillows. There are shared bathroom facilities in the camp. Accommodation is based on two people sharing.

If you would prefer a bit more comfort, there is also the option to upgrade to eco lodge accommodation. These are simple and quirky wooden cabins fitted with double beds. As they are based on shared double beds they are more suitable for friends or couples booking together. Some of the cabins contain multiple double beds so you may be sharing with other people.

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