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Laguna Chicabal

Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
+502 3025 6142
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“sacred place” (4 reviews)
“pickup truck” (4 reviews)
“day trip” (6 reviews)
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
+502 3025 6142
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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Greay trek! All in all So 100Q becauae 2e got a taxi out for convenience. Apparently there are yours but you really can do this alone. If hiked from San Martin it's quite challenging. If you get a pick up to the main entrance of...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 September 2017

A lake in the caldera of an extinct volcano. Be in great shape and/or acclimate yourself to the altitude for at least a week. Trails are well marked. Sometimes there are Mayan rituals on the shore - it is best not to disturb them. Also,...More

Thank David J
Reviewed 5 April 2017

Sent a request to take horses through a finca and up this volcano. An agency packed a terrible lunch, though the horseback riding through a coffee finca was one of the best horse back riding trips ever. Atop the volcano is a lake, where Mayan...More

Thank legacyLA
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

To get there you need to climb a pretty difficult incline, descend to the laguna and come back on the same hard rocky incline .. but it's well worth the visit The local legend say that the laguna was originally located in a different spot...More

Thank oaxaca2
Reviewed 17 January 2017

They call this an easy hike, but it's still quite exhausting if you don't have a good physical condition. However, I did like the hike, especially the view when clouds come over.

Thank jessieconnor84
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...More

2  Thank Gabriella B
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...More

Thank Reneé W
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...More

2  Thank René M
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...More

1  Thank Ezekiel G
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...More

1  Thank Kevin H
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27 January 2016|
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Response from Mariapiamg | Reviewed this property |
You can just go with a pick up in a mirador where you can see the lake from distance. The pick up is not confortable. You cannot walk down to the lake if you have problem for walking. I suggest to go early in the morning... More