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Laguna Chicabal

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Address: Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
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US$75.00*
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Volcano and Lagoon of Chicabal Walking Tour
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Santa María Volcano Hike from Quetzaltenango

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There is a reason this lake is considered sacred by the Mayan people. After a challenging hike up to the site (located inside an inactive volcano), you will find it hard to regain... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 October 2016
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Berea, Kentucky
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Berea, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

There is a reason this lake is considered sacred by the Mayan people. After a challenging hike up to the site (located inside an inactive volcano), you will find it hard to regain your breath just by looking at the sheer beauty and calm of the area. Must go in the early morning before the clouds come down and cover... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

It is best to visit the lake as early as possible in the morning, since the sky is still clear then. We asked to be brought up to the mirador by pick-up truck, which cost us about 100 quetzales. From there you walk for about 10 minutes to the mirador. The hike around the lake is also very nice. Place... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

It's a pretty nice half day trip. I guess everything is said / explained in the other reviews and it's easy to do it on your own. Just 2 more things to add: - Entrance fee increased to 50Q about a week ago (used to be 25Q / locals pay now 15Q instead of 10Q) - The mirador to the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Laguna Chicabal is actually an inactive volcano. Once one reaches the top they are greeted with fantastic views of the water filled crater. Once one hikes down to the lake inside the crater its a very eerie misty lake filled with the occasional trees that have toppled over into it. I will admit its a tough hike that takes about... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

It was a strenuous hike for me, but I made it. It is a very old dormat volcano that is now a small lake. Try to go as early as possible to see the lake from the viewing deck before the clouds roll in. We were a little late for that, but hiked down to the lake and around it.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

Laguna Chicabal is a really beautiful escape from the city for half a day. Definitely leave early morning (6-7) so you can be there for a time before the clouds roll in (it's still lovely with the clouds, but definitely a different feel). Bring sun block and pack a picnic!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

This place is really beautiful, you have to hike up and down to get there but it's totally worth arriving super early and simply hearing how silent and peaceful it can be. Really beautiful place!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

Laguna Chicabal is a gorgeous and serene lake in the crater of a volcano. The hike up provides excellent views, and the lake itself provides an interesting look into the Mayan worldview, since it is a sacred and ceremonial location. Swimming is prohibited, but picnicking on the shore is fine. Definitely bring water, a raincoat, and sturdy shoes, as it... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

Chicabal is vale la pena. The hike is manageable and with nice scenery. The lake itself is very peaceful and represents an important part of the culture. Recommended.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016 via mobile

Very nice place to camping and very peaceful place to relax and forget everything. The only thing is you going to walk a lot of steps down.

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