Santa Maria Volcano, Quetzaltenango

Get up close to the fierce and majestic Santa Maria Volcano with a rigorous walk through the western highlands of Guatemala. The difficult uphill trek to the volcano's crater challenges most walkers, but you're rewarded with panoramic views of the city. Be prepared for the challenge. The eruption of the volcano in 1902 was one of the five biggest eruptions within the last 200 years. Wear appropriate footwear for the climb, as the trail may be slippery even when it hasn’t rained. Make Santa Maria Volcano a part of your Quetzaltenango vacation plans using our Quetzaltenango trip itinerary site .
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  • It is a tough walk to the top, also because the altitude (more than 3700 meters) makes it difficults. But the view on top was worth the effort. I could see many other volcanoes above the clouds. And b...  more »
  • It was an unforgettable experience I recommend you visit the Association youth exploring the Valley are attractive resources found in the surroundings of the city of Quetzaltenango
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  • They have informed us that there were some assaults on the walk to the top of the volcano Santa Maria, but even so we decided to do it. No matter if you do a tour organized or not. If the thieves are armed (as it is the case of Guatemala), no matter if you're in a large group or if you guide the Guide. To reach Santa Maria, you must take the bus to Piñol plain (which costs 2 quetzals). Then, just going with public transportation of Xela to Santa Maria, pay a total of 4 quetzales, which is 0. 60USD. With a tour, you pay 200quetzales, which is 50 times more! On my youtube channel, explains how to reach Santa Maria, as well as to make most of the walks on your own. I think that I have uploaded everything up in Guatemala!
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  • It should be called rubish peak as the whole trail is littered with rubish. I love nature and hiking but it was hard, on this hike, to turn a blind eye to all the rubbish on the trail. Besides the litter, the trail is in bad shape, so much erosion from people taking shortcuts. People also burning vegetation, leaving large patches of ash and black nothing. An environmental disaster. Someone should take responsibility and maybe those guide agencies earning US dollars in town should lead the way.. just a thought.
  • Medium to difficult hike but an amazing view from the top. You can see Tajumulco, acatenango, fuego, agua, atitlan...a bunch of volcanoes.
  • 3,772 m.n.m.p. - this is my record of the highest peak :) We entered there without the guide. It was hard but the views compensate it. Unfortunately there was no ceremony at the time.
  • Wow in fact one of the most beautiful view you will ever see, too cold but worth it.
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