VOLCANOLOGY

PACAYA 1/2 DAY (FROM ANTIGUA)

Climb of the Pacaya volcano, one of three active volcanoes in Guatemala. The volcano is 2550 meters high and the climb is easy to moderate. When the weather is clear you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Guatemalan coast which is separated from the highlands by a chain of volcanoes reaching from Mexico to El Salvador. The climb starts at the town San Francisco de Sales at the foot of the Pacaya volcano.

ACATENANGO 1 DAY (FROM ANTIGUA)

This volcano is 3975 meters high and the climb is difficult. You start from the village La Soledad and we recommend a good physical condition. Reaching the top, you can enjoy a great view on the surrounding volcanoes, especially the active Fuego volcano which almost daily emits clouds of volcanic ash into the atmosphere.

SAN PEDRO 1 DAY (FROM PANAJACHEL)

The volcano San Pedro is located near San Pedro la Laguna, Sololá, at the Atitlan Lake. You will take a boat in order to reach the town San Pedro. The climb takes about 3 hours and you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Atitlan Lake on your way to the top.

CHICABAL 1 DAY (FROM QUETZALTENANGO)

This volcano is special due to its crater lake. The local Maya people consider the volcano and the lagoon as sacred and often climb it in order to conduct shamanic ceremonies at its rim. When walking around the lagoon, you can see various ‘quemadoras’, remains of such ceremonies. It takes about 2 hours to climb the volcano which is located 22 km away from Quetzaltenango at San Martin SacatepĂ©quez. Unfortunately, due to the ceremonial importance of the lagoon, it is not possible to swim in it.

SANTA MARIA 1 DAY (FROM QUETZALTENANGO)

Departure at 4.00 AM in the morning. Transfer to the Santa Maria volcano which is located about 100 km west of Guatemala City. One of the most important eruptions took place in 1902 and due to this a second crater formed which is now known as the volcano of Santiaguito, one of three active volcanoes in Guatemala. It takes about 5 hours to reach the top of this volcano. From the top you can see the volcanoes Tacana, Tajumulco, Siete Orejas and Chicabal.

TAJUMULCO 1 DAY or 2 DAYS (FROM QUETZALTENANGO)

This is Guatemala’s highest volcano with 4220 meters. You can climb it in one day or camp on top of the volcano, in order to enjoy a stunning and unforgettable sunrise the next morning. Since the volcano is very high, be aware of low temperatures at night!

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