Volcano Acatenango

Overnight Hike

Conquering the top of the third highest volcano in all of Central America is a stunning experience. Even though Volcano Acatenango is a calm sleeping colossus, its neighbor is one of the most active volcanoes in Guatemala, Volcano de Fuego – Fire volcano -, making this trek a real adventure

Stunning eruption of Volcano de Fuego above the clouds, spotted from Volcano Acatenango.

Volcano de Fuego

Volcano de Fuego Guatemala. Hike to Volcano Acatenango

Hike Volcano Acatenango

Volcano de Fuego erupting. View from Volcano Acatenango Guatemala. Hike to Volcano Acatenango

Eruption Volcano de Fuego in front Volcano Acatenango

Impressive view of the Volcano de Fuego spitting out some ash during a Guatemala tour

Volcano de Fuego view

Highlights

Volcano Acatenango

Volcano de Fuego

Itinerary

Day 1. The hike begins.
Hikers should eat breakfast beforehand and pack a small snack for the road. A driver will pick you up to drive to La Soledad community, a sleepy mountain village perched on the Pacific slope of Volcano Acatenango. The trail up to our private campsite in this beautiful volcano has four distinct microclimates. It will take you about an hour to traverse each one of them. At midday, you will enjoy a short break and a fresh picnic is prepared to rest and enjoy.

The first part of the hike to Volcano Acatenango is through local farm fields. This first hour will help you acclimatize and warm up your leg muscles. Further in the ascent, we will pass through an old-growth tropical cloud forest with some of the oldest trees of the Volcano. It is an incredible biodiversity of flora and fauna and is home to the famous Quetzal, Guatemala’s national bird. Along the way to the campsite, you will enjoy fantastic views of the other volcanoes like Atitlan, Toliman, San Pedro, Santa Maria, Santo Tomas and Tajumulco, along with glimpses of the Cuchumatanes mountain chain.

Once in the campsite, you will enjoy our camp meals. There is plenty of room to stretch out and enjoy the most incredible sights and sounds of nearby Volcano Fuego’s eruptions. The sunset from Acatenango Volcano’s base camp is one of the most amazing sunsets you will ever see with the red lava spewing out of the volcano next door also. It is the best show you will see once the lights begin to fade, and it is the best prelude to a fresh camp dinner with hot tea and coffee.

Day 2. Sunrise.
The next morning, after an early camp breakfast, we will summit  the peak of the volcano at 3,975m/12,720ft peak. This part of the hike is even more challenging than the day before with a 45 minute ascent on a sand and gravel scree trail dotted with dwarf pine trees and high alpine mosses. After the steepest trail up to the summit, we are rewarded with an incredible sunrise over Volcano Fuego. The colors of the lava against the changing sun are breathtaking.

After some rest and enjoying the unparalleled 360-degree views of the Guatemalan highlands, we will descend back down through a myriad of microclimates to return to La Soledad. From here, we will have transport back to Antigua where this unforgettable hike to Volcano Acatenango will end. By early afternoon, you will be arriving in Antigua with plenty of time for you to enjoy the delights of this beautiful colonial city.

Expenses included

2 days & 1 night

$85 per guest

Private transportation, door to door service

Equipment: sleeping bags, sleeping pads and comfortable tents for camping at high-altitude

 Food: freshly prepared picnic lunch, dinner, and breakfast with juice, coffee, tea and snacks

Local certified onsite guides

Park entrance fee

Taxes

Not included: international flights, personal, travel and cancellation insurance and other expenses than indicated.

WHAT YOU NEeD TO BRING
  • Hiking boots or trekking shoes. Do not bring sandals.
  • Large-capacity backpack (50L+) with rain cover
  • One warm layer and/or windbreaker
  • Rain jacket
  • Cold-weather clothing for near-freezing night-time temperatures at camp
  • Personal toiletries and/or medications
  • Camera, flashlight, hat, sunglasses & sunscreen
  • 4 liters of water (minimum)
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