Acatenango Volcano
Acatenango Volcano
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  • Traveller162014
    Leeds, United Kingdom1,084 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unforgettable Experience
    It was an amazing experience climbing this volcano. We did it with a tour company, which I'd 100% recommend - don't do it by yourself. I had a porter carry my bag up which I would strongly advise. My fitness level is reasonable - I've run half marathons (not to boast there, just to give an idea) - but I still found this climb, and the following descent, tricky. Some of us didn't make it. Some of us cried. Some of us got altitude sickness. However, it wasn't a nightmare and I would definitely say the three Yorkshire Peaks is more challenging. I would also recommend hiring walking sticks because they massively helped. Also, take lots of warm clothing because at the summit it is freezing. The climb is definitely worth it though because from the top, it is the best view I have ever seen in my life.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 August 2023
  • Ralf Wilhelm
    Stuttgart, Germany73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lifetime experience - worth every single step
    Travelling at the age of 53 years togehter withe my wife and our daughter (20 years), we had mixed expectations at first. Leaving Antigua at 7:45am, we arrived at the starting point at 2400m a.s.l. at 8:45am. The first section passed over lava granulate that made steps a bit difficult. Second part was via steps and across corn fields till the edge of the cloud forrest. At 10:10am we arrived at the park entrance. Passing the cloud and later pine forrests, we arrived at the lunch spot at 3200m at 12:00 pm. 45min lunch break with delicious lunch packs provide by our tour operator OX Adventures. Another 45min later, we arrived at the base camp at 3600m asl. The view is amazing when clear. As it openened up during the afternoon, we witnessed several eruptions of Volcano Fuego and decided to hop on the night trek on the volcanoes edge. 4:30 pm we started our 30min descent to the saddle and another 45 min ascent towards the volcanoe. Up there, we saw the volcanoe and a beautiful sunset. Unfortunately the strong wind chilled a lot despite every single layer we wore. At 7:30pm, we returned and at 8:30pm we arrived back at our base camp. Diner and a large bonfire was set by our colleagues. The night was cold, but the cottages helped a lot. In the middle of the night, we saw Fuego spitting fire balls in the air. At 3:20am, our guide Romeo called for the start to the summit. Headlamps and tired legs made the climb a bit difficult, but the closer we came to the summit, the more we wanted to reach it. At 5:30am, we reached the summit and had a fabulous view on large parts of Guatemala from its 3967m. Wind was very chilly and strong, but with our Fuego experience, we just carried every single layer and felt ok. Gloves and cap were essential. At 6:30am, just as Fuego started another eruption, we started our descent and at 7:00am we were at the base camp for breakfast. 7:30am we started the next descent to the colleting point which we reached at 9:30am. At 10:30am we were back in Antigua after this liftetime experience. Our mixed expectations were changed to satisfying and positive feelings. The climb up and down is a physical challenge, but even at our age easy to perform and quite a few of the younger ones struggled much more.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 November 2023
  • Robert F
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    perfect day tour . a great experience
    perfect experience. bumpy road but exciting and comfortable. great driver and guide . perfect weather in dry season. we were 5pp. easy 40 minute hike to base camp. did not need to go higher . son went to top which was a bit touch
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 December 2023
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SiberianEmo
Omsk, Russia234 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I did an overnight Acatenago with an option to hike to nearby Fuego ridge to watch eruption up close.
There is no words to describe looking down and seeing clouds. In other words, you will be in another world. The hike will provide you with scenic sights, adventure, and opportunity to make new friends. There are many companies in Antigua that will offer you this experience.
Here is a but part: high altitude. You will be going from roughly 5000 ft in Antigua to over 13000 for Acatenago. The altitude will get you. It is important to do proper training and be prepare to face the altitude sickness consequemces. (For me, i felt like I ran 3 miles by simply going mere 20 meters up). The hike is also strenious uphill. (On the downhill part, you also will deal with loose rocks). So, I would recommend using hiking poles.
In short, it is not a walk in the park. If you only do ocassional baby hikes, you should probably reconsider it.
Still, it is worth challenging yourself, exploring your limits and reaping rewards at sunset.
Written 18 February 2024
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Robert F
Las Vegas10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
perfect experience. bumpy road but exciting and comfortable. great driver and guide . perfect weather in dry season. we were 5pp. easy 40 minute hike to base camp. did not need to go higher . son went to top which was a bit touch
Written 23 December 2023
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Ralf Wilhelm
Stuttgart, Germany73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Travelling at the age of 53 years togehter withe my wife and our daughter (20 years), we had mixed expectations at first. Leaving Antigua at 7:45am, we arrived at the starting point at 2400m a.s.l. at 8:45am. The first section passed over lava granulate that made steps a bit difficult. Second part was via steps and across corn fields till the edge of the cloud forrest. At 10:10am we arrived at the park entrance. Passing the cloud and later pine forrests, we arrived at the lunch spot at 3200m at 12:00 pm. 45min lunch break with delicious lunch packs provide by our tour operator OX Adventures. Another 45min later, we arrived at the base camp at 3600m asl. The view is amazing when clear. As it openened up during the afternoon, we witnessed several eruptions of Volcano Fuego and decided to hop on the night trek on the volcanoes edge. 4:30 pm we started our 30min descent to the saddle and another 45 min ascent towards the volcanoe. Up there, we saw the volcanoe and a beautiful sunset. Unfortunately the strong wind chilled a lot despite every single layer we wore.
At 7:30pm, we returned and at 8:30pm we arrived back at our base camp. Diner and a large bonfire was set by our colleagues. The night was cold, but the cottages helped a lot. In the middle of the night, we saw Fuego spitting fire balls in the air.
At 3:20am, our guide Romeo called for the start to the summit. Headlamps and tired legs made the climb a bit difficult, but the closer we came to the summit, the more we wanted to reach it.
At 5:30am, we reached the summit and had a fabulous view on large parts of Guatemala from its 3967m. Wind was very chilly and strong, but with our Fuego experience, we just carried every single layer and felt ok. Gloves and cap were essential. At 6:30am, just as Fuego started another eruption, we started our descent and at 7:00am we were at the base camp for breakfast. 7:30am we started the next descent to the colleting point which we reached at 9:30am. At 10:30am we were back in Antigua after this liftetime experience.
Our mixed expectations were changed to satisfying and positive feelings. The climb up and down is a physical challenge, but even at our age easy to perform and quite a few of the younger ones struggled much more.
Written 11 November 2023
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Traveller162014
Leeds, UK1,084 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
It was an amazing experience climbing this volcano. We did it with a tour company, which I'd 100% recommend - don't do it by yourself. I had a porter carry my bag up which I would strongly advise. My fitness level is reasonable - I've run half marathons (not to boast there, just to give an idea) - but I still found this climb, and the following descent, tricky. Some of us didn't make it. Some of us cried. Some of us got altitude sickness. However, it wasn't a nightmare and I would definitely say the three Yorkshire Peaks is more challenging.
I would also recommend hiring walking sticks because they massively helped. Also, take lots of warm clothing because at the summit it is freezing.
The climb is definitely worth it though because from the top, it is the best view I have ever seen in my life.
Written 28 August 2023
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Anna T
California Desert, CA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Big effort for the soul mind and body… but the reward has no words to describe it. The sense of no clocks and eternal it’s close there
Written 15 August 2023
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Sarah
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
For those wondering about the difficulty: my baseline fitness level is running a 3km in about 21 mins and I made it to basecamp with difficulty (but it definitely wasn't impossible). Couldn't make it up to the top the next morning though - was obliterated from the night before so just slept in at base camp! Also had some issues with just how cold it was (and i was there in may!), so if youre planning to do the morning hike bring even more layers than you think you need. Had a FANTASTIC time overall & would say that if you can really slowly jog 3km, you can finish this hike :)
Written 29 May 2023
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KJDGlos
Gloucester, UK69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Incredible experience and worth the pain! It was very tough but for context, I don't go to the gym and generally my exercise is walking the dogs. This is doable if you have a general level of fitness and the views at the end are worth it.
Written 8 April 2023
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Jeffrey R
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
If you go, hire Luisa Zea. She is an expert guide and the most experienced when it comes to the volcano hike. Luisa will make your excursion memorable. I've climbed many mountains and you can trust that Luisa is first rate. Contact her through whatapp or Facebook,
Written 4 April 2023
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Brix510
San Jose, CA978 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
This is possibly the best hike and toughest hike of my life and was worth every minute of the hike. The last hour of the hike towards the summit is the hardest part which is pretty steep and most gravel and ash. It is entirely possibly to do the hike in a single day (I did the entire round trip to the summit and back in 5 hours). But most people do it split in two days.

The views of fuego from the summit is unreal and this is one of the most unique travel experiences I’ve ever had, and it makes my experience at Pacaya pale in comparison. Acatanengo is more challenging and more impressive in terms of views and experience though Pacaya offers some fun and unique things as well.

Highly recommend - 2-3L of water is needed, I was fine with 2L and didn’t need any snacks. Use sunscreen even if it’s cloudy since up in the summit there is little atmosphere to protect you from UV rays.
Written 3 March 2023
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juanescala
Dunblane, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
What a fantastic experience! An absolute once in a lifetime experience with the family. While the altitude and the hike itself are fairly strenuous (mainly the steep downhill), the guides themselves were the ones that made it the most incredible experience. Their knowledge and ability was obvious and matched with their attentiveness and consideration for all members of the group and their varying skill levels. From start to finish they went above and beyond with their organisation and communication. Not only did they provide great food and drink throughout but they were also clearly communicating with other members of their team to ensure our safety was of utmost priority. Would recommend to anyone!
Written 15 February 2023
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