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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  • 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 »
  • a beautiful experience in santa maria volcano the first hour in quite light passing through onion seed, milpa, and people with wood, also all along the way we found people with typical attire, and ver...  more »
  • Location excellent for people who want to have contact with nature, as well as scale and experience an amazing adventure...
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  • Medium to difficult hike but an amazing view from the top. You can see Tajumulco, acatenango, fuego, agua, atitlan...a bunch of volcanoes.
  • Wow in fact one of the most beautiful view you will ever see, too cold but worth it.
  • To get to Quetzaltenango and observe the volcano I am filled with much happiness was my seventh volcano. And each volcano is special to me. A little difficult to rise at least for me. Sunset and Sunrise excellent. I had the opportunity to observe the Santiaguito volcano in full eruption.
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  • Totally recommended. There is no health care or shelters or shops. What I liked most is the pure air and a landscape full of distractions. The climb is strong but not impossible. The only downside is that on top there is trash behavior of some residents. Something to keep in mind is free
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  • The best Sunrise I've seen in my life! Also, be on the volcano that produced the third largest eruption of the 20th century worldwide, it was simply incredible. Product of that immense eruption that flew much of the same, comes another Volcano (Santiago), which is active and can be seen from the top of the Santa Maria. It is simply a wonder of nature.
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