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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  • Difficult to find recent information about the rise of this volcano, so I be me, hoping that this comment is useful to someone! Lake: In the Guatemala trip, we stayed 3 days around Lake Atitlán. 1 day to Panajachel, 2 days in Santiago. We had a preference for Santiago, much more authentic as Panajachel, but anyway, lake view, on one side as on the other hand, definitely worth it! The day before: arrived at our hotel in Santiago (hotel Bambu: to recommend without hesitation), we asked the staff if it was possible to make the ascent of one of the volcanoes, namely: the Tolimán, San Pedro or the Atitlan. The easiest and the most touristic being the San Pedro, we opted for the Atitlan, much less touristy, much harder to access and higher (3535 m!). The ascent is done on 1 or two days. We opted for the ascent in 1 day. The hotel we prepared lunch-bags (40GTQ, € 4.5) and meeting with the guide, gave us the next day at 4:00. The total price that asked us was 950GTQ for 4, 237, 5GTQ per person (€27). Prerequisite: To give you an idea of our fitness, our equipment and weather conditions, a small point:-we were 3 boys and a girl of 27 to 30 years old, used to walk, to do a bit of sport from time to time, but no more. -We each had a backpack 30L, 2L of water per person, our lunch-bag and a few more warm clothes in case where. The guide gave us a walking stick to each. Attention: we haven't had enough of lamps torches, and the hike starting at 4: 00, I strongly advise to have a headlamp in the ideal! -We have made the ascent late October. It was cold in the morning, then on the windy slopes. think about taking a windbreaker and warm clothing. Of course, good walking shoes. Ascension: the next day, the guide (Miguel) picked us as planned in front of the hotel. They transport us in the truck to the entrance of the path. Go for ascension, at a steady pace. pretty quickly, we ask the guide to slow down. For us, unaccustomed to this kind of effort, the ascent was very trying, and some much needed breaks. We walk in the Woods, with occasionally a view breathtaking on Santiago, its Bay and the San Pedro. The vegetation changes gradually, up to almost disappear on the last portion. The guide explains that there is a new way (a priori created around 2013), and previously it was much more difficult. 5 intense hours, we arrive at the top, exhausted. But the effort was worth it: in addition to the satisfaction of having climbed the highest volcano in the area, the view is amazing from all sides, although one of the slopes to be swept by the winds of clouds. We can see the volcanoes in Antigua on one side, San Pedro and the Tolimán on the other, the Lake, the large Plains of Guatemala, the Pacific... To warm up, we settle into small stones horseshoe-shaped constructions where some fumaroles pleasantly warm us. We eat our meals, take pictures, talk with the guide, then we decide to go down. The descent: faster (4 h), however, the descent was difficult because our legs were already much requested, the path was the same and the less motivating goal. In short, 4 h rather long, the black point of the adventure but that won't us regret you did! In short I recommend this ascent, if you know what you are able, taking a guide and when the weather is nice! I would also advise our guide, Miguel, very knowledgeable, friendly and full of knowledge about the area and the volcano! For the more sporty: our guide told us one day ascension with a sportsman in 2 h 30, and the descent in 1 h 30...
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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 »
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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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  • Good information
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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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