Retalhuleu is home to one of Guatemala’s better outfitters. Reuxtreme (4a Calle 4-23 Zona 1, tel. 5202-8180 or 5205-1132, www.reuxtreme.com) offers a variety of activities for the active traveler, including mountain biking to Champerico along the old railroad tracks passing over some very old bridges, kayaking in Manchón Guamuchal Wetland Preserve, treks to Quetzaltenango’s Chicabal Volcano and Laguna Chicabal, coffee tours to local farms, and nighttime trips to Takalik Abaj. The outfit is run by Alejandro and María Mercedes Ravanales, a friendly Guatemalan brother-and-sister team who also manage the Hostal Casa Santa María.
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