Volcan Atitlan, San Lucas Toliman

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Volcán Atitlán is a large, conical, active stratovolcano adjacent to the caldera of Lake Atitlán in the Guatemalan Highlands of the Sierra Madre de Chiapas range. It is within the Sololá Department, northern Guatemala.The volcano has been quite active historically, with more than a dozen eruptions recorded between 1469 and 1853, the date of its most recent eruption. Atitlán is part of the Central American Volcanic Arc. The arc is a chain of volcanoes stretching along Central America formed by subduction of the Cocos Plate underneath the Caribbean Plate. These volcanoes are part of the Ring of Fire around the Pacific Ocean.Volcán Atitlán is few miles south of Volcán Tolimán, which rises from the southern shore of Lake Atitlán. Volcán San Pedro rises above Lake Atitlán northwest of Volcán Atitlán. A long narrow bay separates Volcán Atitlán and Volcán Toliman from Volcán San Pedro.WildlifeAtitlán is home to two particularly rare and beautiful birds that are endemic to the cloud forests of this region. The horned guan (Oreophasis derbianus) is a Pleistocene relic of the Cracidae family that persists today only in small fragments of its previous range. Its habitat is limited to cloud forests above approximately. This bird is the size of a turkey and the adult male has a one-inch scarlet-colored "horn" projecting straight up from the top of its head. The Cabanis's or azure-rumped tanager (Tangara cabanisi) is probably the most restricted-range species in the region. It occurs only at mid-elevations within the Sierra Madre del Sur of Chiapas, Mexico and western Guatemala.
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  • The tallest of the three volcanoes visible from Lake Atitlan, the volcano of the same name is considered inactive or semi-active, and is safe to climb. It is an imposing 11,000+ feet tall and looms ah...  more »
  • I was lucky to have "Tour Guide Salvador" (on Trip Advisor) for Volcán Atitlán, at Lago Atitlán in Guatemala. He took me through the maze of roads and trails that make up the approach and exit routes,...  more »
  • I would highly recommend this hike for the fantastic views and amazing changes in vegetation. We left from San Lucas Tolimán at 4am with a guide hired through the Hotel Tolimán. I would definitely rec...  more »
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  • It was my first experience to climbing volcanoes. A wonderful experience. A long walk. I loved walking through planting of corn. Coffee and large trees. I had the opportunity to see a Turkey of cache. Dusk and dawn did forget my body pain.
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  • What beautiful location and beautiful views.
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  • For any lover of adventure, I recommend as stop the Atitlán volcano, which in my opinion is one of the most difficult climbing in every sense, but which has views that deserve all that effort--of the book the little Prince, "- I - said-have a flower to the" that irrigation every day; I have three volcanoes to which I deshollino every week, since I also deal with which is extinct..."
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  • The view from the top is impressive, the only bad thing is signs and no security.
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