Tajumulco Volcano, San Marcos

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Volcán Tajumulco is a large stratovolcano in the department of San Marcos in western Guatemala. It is the highest mountain in Central America at 4220m. Although Tajumulco has had several historical reports of volcanic eruptions, none has been confirmed to be a true eruption.Volcán Tajumulco was declared a protected area in 1956. Trips up the mountain can be arranged by various groups in the city of Quetzaltenango. Typically groups will begin the climb early on the first day and camp at a site approximately 150 meters below the summit. This allows for acclimatization to the high altitude. The following morning the hikers can summit without packs. Views are variable, the peak is frequently engulfed in clouds and conditions are extremely windy.
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  • Long walk BUT very worth it. I believe it's about a 4 hour hike to the top. Lake Atitlan is so beautiful. One of my favorite places.  more »
  • I hiked this alone yesterday. I took a chicken bus from Xela (Calle 7a and 19 Avenida - which was closer to me, but I am told is also more safe than Minerva terminal) to San Marcos at 3:30pm Friday fo...  more »
  • I went on a tour with my spanish school and it was absolutely beautiful view and scenery on the way up and at the top at sunrise. It was super cold at night and we had sleeping bags that were way too ...  more »