Hike Volcan Santiaguito

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Hike Volcan Santiaguito

Casa Xelaju is offering hiking trips to one of the most active volcanoes in the world.


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Hiking Volcan Santiaguito will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience of watching one of the most active volcanoes in the world.

With its elevation of 3,771.9 meters (12,375 ft), this volcano is located in the south foot of Volcan Santa Maria,  surrounded by a mountainous zone, near the city of Quetzaltenango.  In 1902, it generated one of the largest eruptions in the world which destroyed several villages south of it. 

Currently, it has a complex of four rocky lava domes, one of which is called Fuego (fire) which is the active dome. It typically creates big a explosion followed up by a huge cloud of smoke every 60 minutes.  The cloud can reach up to 8 km into the sky. 

Our meeting place for this hiking trip to Volcan Santiaguito starts in our building at 6:00 AM. From here, hikers will take a bus to Llanos del Pinal. We will start hiking from this point.

The first part, 25 minutes, will be very hilly and rocky. When we reach the cone of Volcan Santa Maria, we will turn to the right for 40 minutes. The path from this place to the Santiaguito’s lookout is surrounded by vegetation and rolling hills.

Donation: $70.00 for one/two people, $60.00 for three, $80.00 for four/five people.  The trip includes a hiking guide, public transportation from the city to Llanos del Pinal, purified water in our building (please bring your water bottle), entrance fee to access the park.

It does not include tips. Departures everyday. All the profits will be donated to La Pedrera Community Project, a non-profit organization supporting more than 60 children with after school  academic support & computer classes, more info, www.lapedreraschoolproject.com hiking volcan santiaguito

You should bring snacks, plenty of water, a sweater/fleece, a windbreaker jacket, hiking shoes, and a camera to take pictures. It will be chilly when we begin and warm up later in the day.

We also offer the following hiking trips

Volcan Santa Maria  Laguna de chicabal   Xela to Lake Atitlan

Casa Xelaju has been offering Spanish immersion, renting apartments, and hiking trips for over 30 years. We are the only socially responsible travel organization in Guatemala rated A+ by the BBB.

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