Santa Maria Volcano, Quetzaltenango

(4.7/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web)
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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  • The view from the top of the santa maria in January (dry month so very little of clouds) is extraordinary, but it deserves... Yes like many comments indicate the end is challenging, not really because the trail climbs fort, but because the effects of altitude were felt: the panting is there even the pauses and steps are heavy! We did it with a guide night around 5:30 departure, which allows to get to the top early enough to avoid the sun beating fast and enjoy the morning for the view. But a guide is almost essential to not get lost in a few branch lines that arise. And then it's an opportunity to work and so live the quatemalteques, which also contribute to the sustainability of the site: very few waste remain as guides have begun to clean up those who are left behind along the way. Thanks to them.
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  • We are with a guide and a group of four people the Santa Maria. Up to 3000 m runs it's nice, but up there starts the thin air and it becomes a lot heavier and also difficult path is passable. But the view is breathtaking! If you physically can. Sometimes you are lucky enough the adjacent small volcano spewing some smoke out to see, but it could also be that you just only can enjoy the beautiful view.
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  • This day hike was challenging but so worth it. Just make sure you bring a jacket & a beanie in the morning as it's freezing when we did it and wear appropriate shoes as the path down was quite muddy f...  more »