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HIKES:
1. Chikabal Lagoon
2. Santiaguito Lookout
3. Santa Maria Volcano
4. Siete Cruces to Fuentes Georginas
5. Tajumulco Volcano
6. Full Moon Hike: Santa Maria Volcano
7. Full Moon Hike: Tajumulco Volcano
8. Camping on Tajumulco Volcano
9. Santiaguito Volcano's Crater
10. Tacana Volcano

PROGRAM OF ACTIVITIES:
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Hikes
Chikabal Lagoon (½ day)

This 2,900 m volcano has two lookout points at its peak. The first offers a glimpse of the active Santiaguito volcano, while the second looks out upon Tajamulco Volcano (the tallest in Central America). In addition you will find the tour’s eponymous lagoon, considered the center of the Mayan world view (or “cosmovision”) due to its long enduring use as a ceremonial site by the indigenous Mam population. With luck you may see their sacred rites in practice as the site is still in use today, surrounded by cloud forest abundant in exotic flora and wildlife. The climb starts at about 2,520 meters with an ascent of roughly 2 ½ hours; the descent taking approximately 2 hours. The tour departs from Quetzaltenango at 6 am, includes a 1 hour drive to where the walk begins, and returns around 12:30 or 1 pm.
Santiaguito Lookout (½ day)

This lookout, at 2,775 meters above sea level, offers a view of the constantly active Santiaguito Volcano’s impressive eruptions. The climb begins at a height of 2,495 meters, with a roughly 2 hour ascent and 1 hour 45 minute descent. The tour departs from Quetzaltenango at 6 am, includes a 30 minute car ride to the staging area, and returns to the city around 11:30 am or 12:00 pm.
Santa Maria Volcano (½ day)

This volcano, reaching to 3,772 meters above sea level, offers the hiker a view of the region’s volcanic mountain ranges, the city of Quetzaltenango, the Pacific coast, and the impressive Volcano Santiaguito, which erupts up to 15 to 17 times a day. The climb begins at 2,495 meters above sea level, ascending another 1,277 meters to reach the top, and taking about 3 or 4 hours. Departure time is at 5 am from Quetzaltenango, followed by a 30 minute drive to where the hike begins.
Siete Cruces to Fuentes Georginas (1 day)

A 15 kilometer walk for people in good physical condition (due to varied terrain), this hike passes through bamboo thickets, alpine woodlands, and cloud forests, quite possibly offering a glimpse of the elusive national bird: the Quetzal. On the summit the hiker can enjoy extraordinary views of Lake Atitlan, the Pacific mountain rage, to the east the eruptions of Volcán de Fuego, and to the west the eruptions of Santiaguito volcano. We end the hike at Fuentes Georginas in order to relax in geothermal hot springs surrounded by an exotic natural setting. The tour departs from Quetzaltenango at 5 am, includes a 30 minute car ride to the hike’s starting point, and returns to the city around 7 pm.
Tajumulco Volcano (1 day)

This volcano, the highest in Central America reaching an impressive 4,220 meters above sea level, affords views of Guatemala’s Sierra Madre Range (home to the country’s 37 volcanoes), the Pacific coast, the Cuchumatanes cordillera, and as far north as the Mexican state of Chiapas. The climb begins at 3,000 meters, ascending approximately 1,220 meters to reach the volcano’s summit. A 5 am departure from Quetzaltenango followed by a journey of 2 ½ hours by car is required to reach the walk’s starting point, but the extra time and effort are rewarded with a breathtaking view from the highest vantage point in the region. The tour returns to Quetzaltenango around 5pm.
Full Moon Hike: Santa Maria Volcano (½ night)

This volcano, reaching to 3,772 meters above sea level, offers the hiker a view of the region’s volcanic mountain ranges, the city of Quetzaltenango, the Pacific coast, and the impressive Volcano Santiaguito, which erupts up to 15 to 17 times a day. The climb begins at 2,495 meters above sea level, ascending another 1,277 meters to reach the top, and taking about 4 or 5 hours (an extra hour due to the darkness of night). But an extra hour’s hike is a small price to pay to observe the splendor of sunrise from the summit and the nocturnal beauty of the trail by the light of the full moon. The tour departs from Quetzaltenango at 12:30 am, followed by a 30 minute drive to where the hike begins, and returns to the city around 11 am.
Full Moon Hike: Tajumulco Volcano (½ night)

This volcano, the highest in Central America reaching an impressive 4,220 meters above sea level, affords views of Guatemala’s Sierra Madre Range (home to the country’s 37 volcanoes), the Pacific coast, the Cuchumatanes cordillera, and as far north as the Mexican state of Chiapas. The climb begins at 3,000 meters, ascending approximately 1,220 meters, and taking about 4 ½ hours by the light of the full moon to reach the summit and watch the sunrise from the “roof” of Central America. The tour departs from Quetzaltenango at 10:30 pm, reaching the walk’s starting point in about 2 ½ hours, and returning around noon (again, well worth the effort given the amazing view).
Camping on Tajamulco Volcano (2 days)

This volcano, the highest in Central America reaching an impressive 4,220 meters above sea level, affords views of Guatemala’s Sierra Madre Range (home to the country’s 37 volcanoes), the Pacific coast, the Cuchumatanes cordillera, and as far north as the Mexican state of Chiapas. The climb begins at 3,000 meters, ascending approximately 1,000 meters the first day to reach a campsite sheltered by a small peak and enjoy the sunset. The second day’s hike takes about an hour, setting off in the early morning to reach the summit and watch the sunrise over the majestic peaks of the western highlands. The tour departs from Quetzaltenango at 6 am, reaching the walk’s starting point in about 2 ½ hours, and returning on the second day around 1 or 2 pm.
Santiaguito Volcano's Crater (2 days)

At an altitude of 2,550 meters and with an internal volume of approximately 1 km, the summit of Santiaguito Volcano is notable for its frequent volcanic activity, at times erupting around 15 to 17 times a day. The volcanic dome has several steam vents littered with sparse vegetation and replete with rock structures covered by a constant rain of ash. The trek begins 20 minutes outside of Quetzaltenango in the village of Llanos del Pinal at an altitude of 2,495 meters. The first 2 hours cover an ascent to 2,775 meters to reach a lookout point located in the foothills of Santa María Volcano, followed by a 780 meter descent surrounded by its ancient lava flows, followed in turn by a 1.42 kilometer climb to a campsite on neighboring Santiaguito Volcano. From the crater one can get a close up view of the volcano’s near constant activity, including the lava flows that descend the mountain’s southern face. The hike to the campsite takes roughly 7 hours, and returns by the same route in about 8 hours.
Tacana Volcano

Tacana volcano is located in the town of Tacana, San Marcos near the Mexican border at an altitude of 4,093 meters. Its high altitude landscapes are characterized by lush stands of alpine vegetation populated by sheep and dotted with natural springs whose waters flow from within the mountain itself. The hike does however cover a lot of open terrain with strong morning sun and cold, icy winds by night. The itinerary includes departure from Quetzaltenango to reach Sibinal, San Marcos, where the hike begins with an ascent into the Sierra Sibinal mountain range, arriving at a dry lagoon known as "La Haciendita" located at the foot of Tacana’s volcanic cone, followed by a climb to a campsite on the volcano’s summit. In total the climb takes about 8 hours.
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