Hike to Volcano Acatenango: The volcano is the sleeping colossal that is the dual of one of the most active Volcanoes in Guatemala, Volcano de Fuego. It is the third tallest volcano in all of Central America and is a real adventure to trek on the summit and observe the sunset and the sunrise.
Our Acatenango Volcano overnight expedition is the best plan to experience the volcano as it allows climbers to take in astonishing nightfall views of flowing lava. Although hard for even the most seasoned hiker, search no further than this hike to have the best that Guatemala has to offer to adrenaline-junkies and adventure-seekers.
Acatenango volcano hike will be a complete highlight of your adventure in Guatemala. Sitting around the campfire contemplating lava from Volcano Fuego is undoubtedly fascinating. It is just one of the many experiences that makes exploring Guatemala so exceptional. This hike is one of our easy additions to any itinerary that includes Antigua Guatemala or Guatemala City, and the views you earn on this overnight tour are 100% worth the sore legs the next day!
This hike is one of the best experiences to have in Guatemala. A unique and thrilling outdoor adventure is the 2 days and 1 night of this overnight hike. It will give you the opportunity to camp next to an active volcano and get a clear and safe view of Fuego, which frequently erupts throughout the night.
There are over 37 volcanoes in Guatemala, and Acatenango is the third largest. This hike has its challenges as it’s steep and there is crumbling rock the majority of the way. It takes about four hours to get to the base camp.
Have a privileged view of Volcano Fuego and other volcanoes stretching for miles, but the most epic part of this overnight hike to Volcano Acatenango is watching Volcano Fuego erupt with sand and lava below your campsite.
Hikers should eat breakfast beforehand and pack a small snack for the road. A driver will pick you up to drive to La Soledad community, a sleepy mountain village perched on the Pacific slope of Volcano Acatenango.
The trail up to our private campsite in this beautiful volcano has four distinct microclimates. It will take you about an hour to traverse each one of them. At midday, you will enjoy a short break and a fresh picnic is prepared to rest and enjoy.
The first part of the hike to Volcano Acatenango is through local farm fields. This first hour will help you acclimatize and warm up your leg muscles. Further in the ascent, we will pass through an old-growth tropical cloud forest with some of the oldest trees of the Volcano.
It is an incredible biodiversity of flora and fauna and is home to the famous Quetzal, Guatemala’s national bird. Along the way to the campsite, you will enjoy fantastic views of the other volcanoes like Atitlan, Toliman, San Pedro, Santa Maria, Santo Tomas and Tajumulco, along with glimpses of the Cuchumatanes mountain chain.
Once in the campsite, you will enjoy our camp meals. There is plenty of room to stretch out and enjoy the most incredible sights and sounds of nearby Volcano Fuego’s eruptions.
The sunset from Acatenango Volcano’s base camp is one of the most amazing sunsets you will ever see with the red lava spewing out of the volcano next door also. It is the best show you will see once the lights begin to fade, and it is the best prelude to a fresh camp dinner with hot tea and coffee.
The next morning, after an early camp breakfast, we will summit Acatenango’s 3,975m/12,720ft peak. This part of the hike is even more challenging than the day before with a 45 minute ascent on a sand and gravel scree trail dotted with dwarf pine trees and high alpine mosses.
After the steepest trail up to the summit, we are rewarded with an incredible sunrise over Volcano Fuego. The colors of the lava against the changing sun are breathtaking.
After some rest and enjoying the unparalleled 360-degree views of the Guatemalan highlands, we will descend back down through a myriad of microclimates to return to La Soledad.
From here, we will have transport back to Antigua where this unforgettable hike to Volcano Acatenango will end. By early afternoon, you will be arriving in Antigua with plenty of time for you to enjoy the delights of this beautiful colonial city.