Santiaguito Volcano

Santiaguito Volcano, Quetzaltenango: Address, Santiaguito Volcano Reviews: 4.5/5

Santiaguito Volcano
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Audrey S
New Westminster10 contributions
Awesome power!
Aug 2018
We left early in the morning with our guide, hiking only by the light of the full moon. What a reward when we arrived at the destination, a look-out over what appeared to be a quiet (smoking) volcano. Less than an hour later, a deep rumble and then it blew! Amazing sight.
Written 6 August 2018
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Giuseppe S
Antwerp, Belgium864 contributions
Easy hike
Feb 2018 • Solo
The hike to the mirador is easy i.e. not short and no altitude challenges but looking at an active volcano puffing is priceless. Can be done independently as well with some little help from bus driver and local on where to start the hike/turn right/left.
Hiking boots recommended due to sandy/slippery trail.
Written 4 May 2018
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chey_baybee
Fort Collins, CO134 contributions
Dusty but fun
Mar 2018 • Friends
The hike up is moderate. The volcano is quite dusty, so bring something to cover your mouth and nose (like a Buff). The trail is easy to follow, so if you are adventurous you do not need a guided.
Written 2 April 2018
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Maria_oreberg
Kalmar, Sweden26 contributions
Nice hike
Mar 2017 • Family
We started early in the morning because later in the day the vidibility is usually not as good. Bring a flashlight and warm clothes (its freezing when you wait at the mirador for the volcano to erupt). The beginning of the hike was uphill for about 1 hour, then it levelled out. It was a bit strenous for me, 55+ and overweight, but it was possible to do it and the outlook over erupting Santiaguito from the mirador was spectacular and a very good reward!
Written 7 March 2017
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CasaXelaju
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala34 contributions
Easy Hike to this active volcano
Dec 2016 • Family
From the City, take a bus to Los Llanos del Pinal from El Calvario, Church (Cemetery). The trip will take up to 30 minutes. You can ask the driver where is the path to Volcan Santa Maria. Before you reach the volcano cone, you have to hike a very rocky path for 15 minutes. When you reach the cone, turn to the right to follow the path. You will reach the Mirador in 35 minutes. From the Mirador you can look Volcan Santiaguito's 1.5 km dome and huge and minor explosions. Before the explosions, you have hear the rumble noise.
During the summer, you look the big clouds coming from the mountains meeting the warm wind from the Pacific Ocean. When this phenomenon takes place, the clouds disappear like magic in a matter of seconds. Amanizing and beautiful
This is not a heavy hike. It is highly recommended to hire a guide who is very familiar with the area.
Written 16 January 2017
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Kim G
Bellegarde sur Valserine, France101 contributions
A long but very pleasant walk
Nov 2016 • Couples
Uphill, through pleasant countryside, round the corner, a bit further on, down and up again, and a grandstand view of an ash spitting volcano
Written 6 January 2017
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Chris W
York, UK164 contributions
Lucky
Nov 2016 • Couples
It was erupting just as we got to the mirador! Great experience. You could probably do this on your own with some research and a bit better Spanish than me but we got a guide that our hostel (The impressive Casa Siebel) knew. With three in our party this was 130Q each. The guide, Carlos, was a nice lad who speaks good English if you have any questions. It's 45 minutes steep climb at the start but the rest is no problem. I think our total time to the mirador was 1hr 45min with a few breaks. 45min at the lookout (2 small eruptions)1hr back. The chicken bus is 20 minutes or so each way. We were out six hours.
Written 17 November 2016
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Reneé W
Breda, The Netherlands191 contributions
Great!
Oct 2016 • Friends
We got picked up by our guide early in the morning. The group was small - just three of us and the guide - which was nice. The hike is relatively easy, however I had some trouble keeping up with the rest because the tempo was quite high. Once at the mirador, we had some breakfast and enjoyed the eruptions. Really cool! Because of our relatively high speed we were already back at the hostel around 11 - enough time to go to the next activity!
Written 21 October 2016
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CourtneyZorio
Toronto, Canada26 contributions
Easy Hike, great view
Feb 2016 • Friends
This was the easiest volcano I did in Guatemala (also did Santa Maria summit and Pacaya). The volcano erupts every 2-3 hours or so. The hike itself is uphill for the first half, but a nice flat walk for the second half as you walk around the base of Santa Maria.

I did this hike with a guide who we were set up with via Casa Seibel (definitely recommend staying there if you need a hostel/hotel). Our guide was amazing and made this hike that much better. He knew all about the history of the town and the volcano.

The view is awesome, but if you want a challenging hike that makes you feel rewarded, you need to hike the Santa Maria Summit and watch the eruptions from up there. But this view was great also. The walk is also very nice and if you love nature you will enjoy it for sure.
Written 29 March 2016
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RichardEllis70
Redditch, UK316 contributions
Great view even from a distace
Aug 2015
This volcano erupts on average between 3 and 5 times a day. I watched it erupt a couple of times, once from the Mirador on top of Laguna Chicabal, wonderful views, and another time from Xela (Quetzaltenango) sat on the steps in front of the old theatre.
Written 19 October 2015
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