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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  • Just last weekend I hiked up Volcan Santa Maria with some friends and a guide from Casa Xelaju. We left at 2:30am to catch the sunrise at the top, and we got their just in time! The view from above is...  more »
  • that beautiful mountain over Xela is within your reach... just head UP.. and up some more, then up again... keep going, it is worth it.  more »
  • Did this trek with a guide Quezeltrekkers. Difficult and lots of vertical but worth it when you clear the tree lines and see the stunning valleys below filled with clouds until mid-day.  more »
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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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