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.