Rock climbing is a relatively new phenomenon in Guatemala, though there are now at least two outfitters specializing in this activity. The rock faces fronting Lake Amatitlán, near Guatemala City, and an area known as “La Muela” (The Molar, also known as “Cerro Quemado”), near Quetzaltenango, are the prime climbing spots. Difficulty ratings of the various routes range from 5.8 to 5.13. It’s also possible to rappel inside a waterfall, also known as canyoning, in Jalapa and other areas.
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