Clymb Adventures Partner Spotlight: Guatemala’s Old Town Outfitters


Old Town Out­fit­ters start­ed as a dream while founder Matt Hartell and his broth­er were rid­ing moun­tain bikes in Guatemala in 1995. This rur­al and vibrant coun­try, full of mys­tery and cul­ture, was the per­fect place for an adven­ture trav­el company.


Incred­i­ble access to the out­doors and a seem­ing­ly lim­it­less net­work of trails were all with­in reach of the beau­ti­ful and con­ve­nient­ly locat­ed Antigua. Thus, in the fall of 1998, Old Town Out­fit­ters was offi­cial­ly founded.


Near­ly 20 years lat­er, the adven­ture is still going strong. Full-time guide staff has an aver­age of 10+ years with the com­pa­ny, oper­at­ing world-class, tai­lor-made itin­er­aries, while going out of their way to ensure that every vis­it is unforgettable.


Along with the integri­ty of their adven­tures, OTO is ded­i­cat­ed to sup­port­ing local NGOs that ben­e­fit sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties. Hartell and his team help run reg­u­lar vol­un­teer and fundrais­ing events for Niños de Guatemala, The Phoenix Projects, EcoFil­tro, and oth­ers. In Jan­u­ary of 2015, OTO spon­sored three of their guides and one oth­er hik­er to com­plete a fundrais­ing expe­di­tion called “37in27”, in which they sum­mit­ed all of Guatemala’s 37 vol­ca­noes in just 27 days. The team was able to raise near­ly $20,000 for local NGOs.


With its rugged land­scapes, rich Mayan (or Maya?) cul­ture, and his­tor­i­cal colo­nial charm, Guatemala is an intox­i­cat­ing adven­ture des­ti­na­tion for all types of trav­el­ers. Climb soar­ing vol­ca­noes, kayak mag­nif­i­cent Lake Ati­t­lan, moun­tain bike in the jun­gle, explore mar­kets burst­ing with life, and more.


Sup­port your adven­ture habit while sup­port­ing Guatemalan communities.

For more infor­ma­tion about book­ing a trip with Old Town Out­fit­ters, check out our Adven­tures page here.