Acatenango Volcano 2-Day Hike

Acatenango Volcano 2-Day Hike

From £131.07 per person

Winding trails through cornfields, old growth forests, and changing micro-climates brings you to a barren summit of scree atop the 3rd highest volcano in Central America! Spend the night in a campsite overlooking the constantly active Fuego Volcano!

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Duration 2 days
Starting time 8:00 AM
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Spanish, English, French

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
This 2-day/1-night hike brings you up the slopes of beautiful Volcan Acatenango to our private campsite – bench-cut into the side of this towering mountain. From here we enjoy our camp meals, incredible views, and plenty of room to stretch out. In camp there we will have ample time to appreciate the sights and sounds of nearby Volcan Fuego’s violent volcano eruptions. On the morning of the 2rd day, our group will summit Acatenango’s peak (3,975m/12,720ft - the third highest volcano in Guatemala), taking in panoramic views from atop the summit. Finally, we will descend back down through a myriad of microclimates to return to Antigua by early afternoon. Day 1: Hike To Camp Our group leaves from the Old Town Outfitters Shop at 8:00am, 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 is prepared 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 campsite is perched just below tree-line with sweeping views of the Antigua valley and Volcan Fuego. After setting up camp, hikers are free to rest, relax and enjoy their surroundings while our guide prepares a fresh camp dinner at ~3750m with hot tea and coffee. Day 2: Summiting Acatenango In the morning, after an early camp breakfast, our group embarks on a 45-minute ascent to the summit on a sand and gravel scree-trail dotted with dwarf pine trees and high alpine mosses. The trail up to the summit is the steepest we will have seen, and leads to the rocky summit exposed to the gusty and cold winds which constantly pass over Acatenango’s peak. At the summit, our group will rest and enjoy unparalleled 360-degree views of the entirety of the Guatemalan highlands – all the way to the border of Mexico. After 45min 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 (~13:00hrs).
Includes
  • Round trip transportation from Old Town Outfitters office in Antigua
  • All park entrance fees + local guide from the community of La Soledad
  • Freshly prepared picnic lunch, dinner, and breakfast + juice/coffee/tea & snacks
  • Sleeping bags, sleeping pads and comfortable tents for camping at high-altitude
  • Full tour of Volcan Acatenango by a local, bilingual guide with certified 1st-Aid training
  • Hiking boots or trekking shoes (no sandals)
  • Large-capacity backpack (35L+) with rain cover
  • One warm layer and/or windbreaker
  • Rain jacket (May thru October)
  • Cold-weather clothing for near-freezing night-time temperatures at camp
  • Personal toiletries and/or medications
  • Camera, hat, sunglasses & sunscreen
  • 4 liters of water (minimum)
  • Flashlight
  • TIP for great service from your Old Town guide!

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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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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Oversize luggage
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Open-toed shoes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 / 5

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Review summary

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This was probably the most challenging thing I have done but also the most incredible experience I have ever had! Just a word of advice to take the following: wet wipes, tissues, head lamp (or torch) for early morning summit, hiking poles (they make such a difference) and obliviously warm clothing (it gets freezing at night).

December 3, 2019

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