Santa Maria Volcano, Quetzaltenango

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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. Plan to visit Santa Maria Volcano and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Quetzaltenango attractions using our Quetzaltenango family vacation planner.
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  • I and three friends got on a chicken bus at El Calvario at 5:20 am. For two quetzales, we were dropped off down the road from the trail head, starting the hike at 6. Because we weren't camping or carr...  more »
  • The altitude can make this trek hard, even if you are in good shape. Slow and steady. The view is pretty awesome, little bit of luck involved as to how much the clouds obscure.  more »
  • When in Quetzaltenango an absolute must is climbing Volcán Santa María. This rising volcano is a hikers' dream in the western highlands of Guatemala. The trail is challenging, but absolutely worth eve...  more »