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Guatemala Volcano Special
11-day volcano tour to Pacaya and Fuego, Guatemala
Fuego in eruption
Fuego in eruption
Lake Atitlán at sunrise
Lake Atitlán at sunrise

Guatemala Volcano Special

11-day volcano tour to Pacaya and Fuego, Guatemala
Tour type
Walking & study tour: active volcanoes - geology & volcanism - adventure
Moderate to Challenging
Group size: 3-6
8-12 days
no scheduled dates at present
Price per person
$ 3490 €£¥
Guatemala is a country with spectacular volcanic activity, wonderful landscapes, colorful villages and towns, friendly people.
Guatemala has some of the highest density of active volcanoes anywhere on the planet. The most active volcanoes, Pacaya and Fuego, have been in eruption for years. They often show strombolian activity, f. ex Fuego volcano is known for its spectacular fireworks.
Join a trip organised together with an experienced Guatemalan guide and photographer to have a chance to watch active volcanoes from up close! Get an in-depth experience of the powerful and turbulent natural processes at work and take stunning pictures!
Moreover, you will visit the famous volcanic Lake Atitlán and have a spectacular view of the surrounding volcanoes: Atitlán, Tolimán, and San Pedro (“The Three Giants“). On the lakeshore there is a colourful town San Juan La Laguna known especially for its art and it's a great place to pick up some canvases to take home.
With its colonial heritage, the lively and colorful town of Antigua is the perfect place to start and to end the tour. There is time to explore the Mayan markets, listen and dance to the sounds of Salsa and Merengue, practice your Spanish and get in touch with the friendly and warm Guatemalan people.
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  • 3 active volcanoes from close: Fuego, Santoaguito, Pacaya
  • Different viewpoints and extended observation time for each volcano
  • Impressive volcanic landscapes
  • Colorful towns and markets (La Antigua, San Juan La Laguna)
  • Famous caldera lake Atitlán
  • Friendly hospitable people
  • Comfortable accommodation and camping

11-day itinerary Volcano Special

Day 1: Arrival to Guatemala - Antigua
Arrival to Guatemala, pick-up from airport and transfer to the hotel in Antigua. Free time in Antigua. Welcome dinner. Night in hotel.
Meals: dinner
Day 2: Lake Atitlán
Drive to the majestic Atitlán lake and camp at a scenic viewpoint over the lake.
Day 3: San Juan La Laguna - Xela
Transfer to the colorful town of San Juan La Laguna at the edge of the famous Atitlan Lake. Later continue to Xela. Night in Hotel
Day 4-5: Climb Santa Maria volcano, view of Santiaguito from above
Hike to Santa Maria volcano, the viewpoint of Santiaguito (notice that is a 5 hours hike, a great condition is required)
On day 6 hike down to the town and transport to a private farm at the western foot of the volcanoes.
Day 6: Santiaguito and Santa María volcanoes from below
Stay on a private farm where we have the best view of Santiaguito and Santa María volcanoes.
Option of night tour for reptiles or birds tour the next day.
Day 7: Return to Antigua, prepare for Acatenango
Transport to La Antigua
Preparations for our hike the next day to Acatenango volcano.
Day 8-9: Acatenango
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Acatenango volcano - climb 1200 m to a great viewpoint at 3600 m facing active Fuego volcano. Set up a camp, lunch and rest. Enjoy the best views of Fuego volcano from there. Dinner in the camp. Evening & night-time observation of Fuego. Night in tents.
Possibility to climb to the summit of Acatenango on one of the days (at extra cost).
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 10: Return to Antigua
Breakfast. Morning observation of Fuego´s activity from the campsite. Descend back to the start of the hiking trail, pick-nick lunch and return to Antigua. Check in the hotel and free time till the evening. In the evening a group meets for a farewell dinner in a selected restaurant in historic center of Antigua. Night in the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast
Day 11: Departure or Pacaya volcano extension
End of tour, transfer to the airport or extension to visit Pacaya (1-2 extra days).
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Arrival info:

The tour starts in Guatemala city and ends in Antigua city. Participants go from and to the airport themselves (as the arrivals of the flights are different). If you want some help with booking a transfer, pleasу send us a message.

Additional info

Physical requirements

This tour is only suitable if you are used to longer hikes and are in good overall physical shape. The hikes up Acatenango volcanoes require rather strenuous climbs / descends of ca. 1200 m altitude change and at moderate altitude (reaching ca. 3700 m elevation), but on good and technically easy trails.
Since most of the tour takes place on the highlands at >1500m elevation, you probably acquire some acclimatization before climbing the first high peak. It is important that you know how to walk slowly and at your own pace. Normally, the climbs take 4-5 hrs, but it is no problem if it takes more than that as long as you are comfortable with the pace.
You will only need to carry a light day-pack with some water and clothing, and perhaps your camera during the climbs to Pacaya and Acatenango.

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