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1 Day Acatenango Volcano Hike from Antigua

Product ID: 37083
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Winding trails through cornfields, old growth forests and changing microclimates bring you to a barren summit of scree atop the 3rd highest volcano in Central America! Spend time on the crater waiting to see an eruption from active Fuego Volcano 4km away.
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Duration: 1 day
Starting time 5:00 AM
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Experience

Highlights
  • Summit Guatemala's 3rd highest Volcano
  • Walk through a maze of corn, old growth forests, and a barren summit of scree
  • Watch the microclimates and terrain change around you in this diverse ecosystem
  • Enjoy breathtaking 360° views of all that Guatemala has to offer
  • Spend time watching nearby volcan Fuego erupt (4km away)
  • Spend a night under the stars in a beautiful campsite overlooking the active volcan Fuego
Full description
Our group leaves from our office in Antigua at 5:00am, where you can fill up your water bottles and purchase any additional gear you might need. Hikers should eat breakfast beforehand and pack a small snack for the road. A one-hour drive takes us from Antigua to the sleepy mountain village of La Soledad, perched on the ridge of the Pacific slope of Volcan Acatenango. The trail up Volcan Acatenango has four distinct microclimates, each of which will take you about an hour to traverse. We’ll begin by walking up a steep trail through local farm fields - the same trail used by local villagers each morning to access their corn, snow pea and lily fields. Our first hour of hiking will help you acclimatize and warm up the leg muscles for the day’s hike.

The second phase of our ascent passes through old-growth tropical cloud forest. In this environmental zone, we find some of Acatenango’s oldest trees, an incredible biodiversity of flora and fauna, fresh mountain air and the sounds of local birds and wildlife. This type of high-alpine cloud forest is found on the upper slopes of many of Guatemala’s tallest volcanoes and mountains, and is home to the famous Quetzal.

After exiting the cloud forest, we will be rewarded with fantastic views of the other highland volcanoes (Atitlan, Toliman, San Pedro, Santa Maria, Santo Tomas, Tajamulco), along with glimpses of the Cuchumatanes Mountain chain. A fresh picnic lunch is prepared around mid-day for our group to enjoy.

Temperate coniferous forest and tropical dry forest characterize the 3rd phase of our ascent, which will lead us to the storm-beaten tree-line of the volcano. Our last section of ascent is sand and gravel scree-trail dotted with dwarf pine trees and high alpine mosses. As we approach the summit, we find the exposed rocky surfaces left by the gusty and cold winds which constantly pass over Acatenango’s peak.

At the summit, your guide will prepare a fresh, well-earned picnic lunch while you rest and enjoy unparalleled 360-degree views of the Guatemalan highlands. Atop the summit we will also fix our attention on nearby and constantly erupting Volcan Fuego. With a bit of luck, Fuego will put on a high altitude firework show, displaying violent explosions of gas, rock, and lava.

After 30min-1hr at the top (depending on conditions and time considerations), the group will begin the 3-hour descent back towards La Soledad. Our group has the opportunity to descend through an alternate route down Volcan Acatenango, experiencing a variety of microclimates and beautiful trail. From La Soledad, we will transport back to Antigua, arriving in the afternoon with plenty of time for you to enjoy the delights of the old Spanish colonial capital.
Includes
  • Round trip transportation from our office in Antigua
  • All park entrance fees + local guide from the community of La Soledad
  • Freshly prepared picnic lunch/dinner served on the mountain
  • Full tour of Volcano Acatenango by a local, bilingual guide with certified 1st-Aid trainig
What’s Not Included
  • Hiking boots or trekking shoes (no sandals)
  • Daypack with rain cover
  • One warm layer and/or windbreaker
  • Rain jacket (May thru October)
  • Personal toiletries and/or medications
  • Camera, hat, sunglasses & sunscreen
  • Two liters of water (minimum)
  • Flashlight
  • Tip for great service from your guide

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

The group meets at the Old Town Outfitters shop at 9:00am, one block south of Central Park, on the corner of 5th av and 6th calle. 5a. Avenida Sur #12, Antigua, Guatemala Here at our shop, open from 8am-6pm daily, you can purchase gear, clothing, or snacks for your ride.

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From US$ 155 per person

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Old Town Outfitters

Product ID: 37083