ACATENANGO VOLCANO HIKE
Acatenango Volcano Hike – ACATENANGO VOLCANO: A challenging full-day or overnight hike of the sleeping Acatenango Volcano. Experience three different microclimates, impressive eruptions of the nearby Fuego volcano, and life above the clouds. An unforgettable and rewarding experience!
ACATENANGO VOLCANO HIKE:
Hiking Acatenango is a “must” activity in Guatemala, and you will discover why! This challenging and beautiful hike offers the exploration of three different microclimates and astonishing views of nearby Agua and Fuego volcanoes. Fuego’s eruptions create breathtaking ash plumes and blasts during the day and lava flows and ‘fireworks’ at night – an unforgettable sight. Bookable as a full-day or overnight hike, participants are accompanied by experienced local guides. This is an experience you cannot miss.
Volcán de Acatenango
Acatenango is the third highest volcano in Guatemala, with a summit at 3,976 meters (13,045 feet). The volcano has two peaks, Pico Mayor and Yepocapa and is close by active volcano Fuego. Acatenango offers a safe location to observe the impressive eruptions and explosions of Fuego. On the volcano, four different types of vegetation and microclimates can be found, which allows for an interesting and alternating hike.
Local, Experienced Guides
For this specific tour, Niños de Guatemala works with an experienced association of local guides that specializes in volcano hikes and share our goal of empowering people and breaking the cycle of poverty here in Guatemala. The guides have all had first aid training, speak relevant English, are certified by the Guatemalan tourism board, and all perform their job with passion and dedication to high quality service. Using their proceeds of the volcano tours, the association supports the communities that live on the sides of the Acatenango volcano. Over the years they have set up community projects supporting education, empowerment, local law enforcement, safety, the environment, first aid and nutrition.
The hike begins with pick up your accommodation at 7:00AM for transport to the community of San Jose Calderas where you will stop at the local guide office to enjoy a local breakfast, receive more information about the trek, meet your guides, and get ready for the hike. Around 10:30AM, you’ll head to the trail and begin climbing Acatenango. With regular breaks, you can enjoy the four different types of vegetation and three microclimates that you’ll pass during your hike to the base camp. About halfway through the climb, there will be a lunch break. After lunch hiking continues and the last stretch to reach base camp at 3,600 meters is tough, but rewarded with a comfortable resting place with astonishing views of the Fuego volcano! For the one-day hike, after enjoying a rest and taking in the views, you’ll descend back down the volcano and return to Antigua. For those that choose the overnight option, the basecamp will be already set up, so you don’t have to do anything bunjoy yourself. You’ll enjoy a warm dinner prepared on the campfire by your guides and, Mother Nature permitting, incredible eruptions and lava flows from Fuego. After getting some sleep, we awake before dawn and at 4:15AM leave to hike the last 300 meters of Acatenango. After a 1.5 hour’s hike, you’ll reach the 3,976 meter high summit to watch the sunrise. Another impressive sight! After enjoying sunrise, you’ll descend to base camp (about 30 minutes) where you will have your breakfast and then begin the descent down the volcano (about 2.5 more hours). You can expect to arrive back in Antigua around 12:30PM.
- Round-trip transport
- Local guides
- 4 Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Day 1; breakfast on Day 2
- Set-up base camp at 3,600 m (tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag)
- Park entrance fee
What to bring
- Decent hiking shoes (must have adequate tread and support)
- A decent hiking pack, saving space for the additional food you will carry (1 lunch and 1 breakfast)
- Warm layers of clothing (it gets close to 0 degrees Celsius at the top)
- Sun protection
- A waterproof jacket and backpack cover in case of rain
- Snacks (energy bars, granola, trail mix, etc.)
- Water (3 – 4 liters)
- Headlamp/flashlight (for morning hike up to the summit)
A full packing list will be provided upon booking. There will be the possibility to rent warm coats, walking sticks, and additional warm clothing like hats and gloves.
This tour can be booked throughout the week with departure at 7:00AM from Antigua.