Hiking Volcan Santa Maria

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Casa Xelaju is offering hiking trip to one of Guatemala’s most difficult volcanoes.

Volcan Santa Maria, also known as Gagxanul  in Ki’che’,  is located south of Quetzaltenango.  It is 12,375 feet (3,772 m) above sea level. It takes up to 5  hours to climb to the summit and two to three hours to descend. Climbing the volcano is extremely difficult not only due to the altitude but also the steepness of the terrain.  Good physical and cardio condition is important to make this climb.



From Quetzaltenango, our bus will take the group to the edge of the village, Llanos del Pinal. From here the climb starts in an area that is moderately difficult to La Meseta. La Meseta is the area where the volcano cone starts.

During the climb, you will have magnificent views of the city of Quetzaltenango and other areas. Upon reaching the summit, you will be able to see the highlands, more than 20 volcanoes, the low lands (coastal area) and Volcano Santiaguito. This rocky summit of the volcano has become a ceremonial center. It is possible that you will witness evangelical and/or Mayan ceremonies.

Cost: $40.00 for hike with a minimum of 5 people.  What is included: round trip from our building to Llanos del Pinal, a seasoned tour guide, purifying water in our building and orientation the day before the hiking trip takes place.

We will be leaving at 12:00 midnight from our building to Llanos de Pinal using our bus. We will start hiking from Llanos del Pinal to la Meseta. This path will be hilly and rocky but not very step.  From La Meseta to Santa Maria volcano will be step. It will take 5 hours of hiking with the sunrise awaiting you at the top!

What to bring. A very good flash light, hiking shoes, winter coat, a backpack, plenty of water, snacks, toilet paper. This volcano has micro climates. The peak will be very cold.

We also offer other hiking trips.

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