Volcan Ipala, Chiquimula

4.8
#18 of 26 in Nature in Guatemala
Volcán Ipala is a stratovolcano in south-eastern Guatemala. It has a 1000m wide summit crater which contains a crater lake (Lake Ipala), whose surface lies about 150m below the crater rim. Volcán Ipala is part of a cluster of small stratovolcanoes and cinder cone fields in south-eastern Guatemala.
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  • August 15, 2017
    The top is spectacular, when you have a clear sky view of the Lake and the trees that surround it is beautiful. Generally quite clean and conserved; but it requires to improve services to tourists. Cleaning of latrines, since there is no sanitary conventional. Although it is less high volcanoes in Guatemala, it is a bit difficult for those who are not in good physical condition, but yes manages to ascend in about 2 hours. The trail is well demarcated and is clean, but it takes a little more environmental interpretation, or form local guides that disposal on the value of the site, the biodiversity of the site and provide rules of behavior to the tourists. The parking is private and also services that are there, but there should be a regulation regarding the same, because the collection is little, but if charged a bit more they could improve them. They indicated that they will build a ramp for persons with disabilities. I think that if they do they will have more influx of people who love nature, but are not able to make the ascent. Horses cost Q.50.00 (slightly more than US$ 7.00) and are in very good condition physical, well manicured and fed. You should ask the community to carry out cleaning trails, because the beast leave excrement in the best parts of the same and that makes the ascent or descent in some sections.
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  • June 6, 2017
    Very good experience. Even people without physical training can climb slowly, there are horses that you climb up the trail by Q5.00, if you decide to walk there are some shops to buy almost become a protected area. There are 3 breaks in the ascent to stop you. There are many rocks, steep, if it rains mud can be formed. Above it is beautiful, you can camp, there are bungalows, and the weekend there are a couple of food sales. The beautiful lagoon and the lovely viewpoints.
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  • April 13, 2017
    The place offers great deal if it is well planned, there are 2 ways to go, along the path (doing a walk or mule if you pay for the service) or if you're on a 4 x 4 you can almost reach the top and not you should strive much (which is useful if you are elderly or you don't want to walk a lot) you have micro-climates and offers great views one can be bathing in the lagoon and even you can camp in the place which gives an extra phenomenal. Unfortunately the day I visited a traffic accident blocked access along the path and I could not enjoy it (much of the magic is the walk to get), but the place is worthwhile, you disconnected from the world and breathe clean air, you can not ask for more.
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