Explore the most popular Parks in Guatemala with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
5 days ago

The most amazing hike I’ve ever been on and also one of the most challenging. We did this hike on a whim and through a hostel in Antigua so luckily we were able to rent warm clothes from them to spend a night at the base camp. The view from the camp overlooked Volcán de Fuego and Lake Atitlan off to the right. My fiancé actually proposed on the summit as it was the most spectacular view, completely breathtaking.

Hardest hike of my life. Worth the struggle to make it to the top!

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rocky
1 month ago

Amazing views. Make sure to maintain your pace or you will be out of breath quickly. Very rocky but definitely worth it! Amazing experience!

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fee
rocky
3 months ago

Great experience! First half is in the shade of the trees and the second half is no shade. Trail is mostly rocks and dust. The wind at the top feels great!

on Pacaya Volcano Trail

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rocky
3 months ago

on Acatenango Volcano

3 months ago

The trail is in excellent conditions! Awesome vibes and the saying going up is "feliz cumbre" (happy summit). Stay a night up in basecamp and enjoy the moon like environment in the summit while the sun pierces over the curvature of the earth.

hiking
3 months ago

The ascent up is difficult and if not conditioned to the altitude or in good physical condition, frequent stops are recommended. The entrance gate is located about 90 minutes to 2 hours into the climb. About 30 minutes before it is a concession stand where you can buy Powerade, water, beer or snacks. Once at the gate further ahead you can buy snacks also. After that, I didn't see anyone else selling snacks. So make sure you are prepared. The hike is strenuous. The vertical climb is daunting and at times feels like you are walking in place. Once at base camp facing Fuego, the views (if clear) are stunning and the larger eruptions seem to occur about every 20 - 30 minutes, while smaller ones happen about ever 10 - 15 minutes. It can obviously get windy and the weather changes rapidly. Make sure to have enough cold weather gear to rest comfortably in your bag and tent. If the trail is wet it can be very slipper on descent. It is possible to hike it in running/tennis shoes but obviously proper attire is recommended. Having done several strenuous hikes I would definitely rank this one in the top 3 of 14k sf (appx) treks. But well worth it! To be so close an active volcano who says hello often, it is a great experience.

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fee
scramble
4 months ago

Guided by Rocio Alkedoa with Columbus Luxury. She took us to the top in just over 3 hours and back down in about 45. The ‘curse’ portion of the last 200 m is the real deal. Unfortunately, we had clouds roll in just before submitting, maybe get there again to see fuego. Found a vent atop acantenango to warm our fingers back to feeling before the descent as there was a old front moving in above 13k

hiking
4 months ago

Volcan Pacaya. Beautiful hike. Go. Intermediate, not hard. I went with a group from Antigua for like 12 US dollars including transportation, great people. Get out of the Antigua hustle, and witness deep Guatemalan culture along the way. The views are stunning from the top. It was cloudy with breaks of sun casting triangular shadows from the other volcanos (volcan fuego?). Tennis shoes, large bottle of water and snacks at a minimum. Round trip with drive several hours with very little services around.

I thoroughly enjoyed this hike! the last portion if the ascent is a bit more taxing because of the lava gravel, but totally worth all the effort! I suggest doing the evening hike. Beautiful sunset!

Beautiful gorgeous trail! A bit difficult but very nice to have marshmallows at the top cooked on the hot volcanic coals! The sunset was gorgeous from up there. Wouldn’t mind camping there :)

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing trail with a beautiful view on the Fuego!

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

A great trail to do if staying in the Antigua area - 1.5 hours from Antigua to the trailhead. Some other reviews mention it being a dirt road - they are almost done paving the road to the parking so only the last quarter mile or less is dirt. The locals at the parking force you to pay for a guide. We got the feeling that it wasn’t required by the park, despite what they say, but they man the parking lot and we didn’t want to deal with it so we paid the guide for the ‘short’ hike. We then convinced him to let us continue up to the higher lookout on our own sans guide. Pretty steep and very rocky on the way up, but the views are well worth it and you definitely want to keep going from the first stopping point. There’s little to no shade so make sure you have sun protection and lots of water.

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome hike! Tough to climb with the loose rock but fun to come down!

hiking
6 months ago

The best hike I’ve done in my life. Worth every step. Take your time, don’t rush it. Dealing with altitude is no joke. Watch the sunrise is a must.

This was an awesome experience. The guides were fantastic and hiking on an actively erupting volcano was a once in a lifetime experience. Recommend highly!

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over grown
8 months ago

Most difficult hike I have done. Trails very steep/ uphill and it’s exhausting. The view is stunning at the top, but my group was rushed very quickly because of the danger of bandits. I suggest going at the earliest time possible, lessens your chance of getting robbed, because it actually does happen frequently. If you do this hike, make sure and get on the tire swing, it looks terrifying but it’s rad!

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rocky
8 months ago

I would 100% recommend this hike to everyone who goes to Guatemala. It is a once in a lifetime experience. The two best companies to go through in my opinion, would be Tropicana or Wicho and Charlie’s Tours. I personally went through Tropicana and they provided meals, clothes you could rent, blankets/sleeping bags, and my group slept in a cabin rather than typical tents. I’ve had friends go through Wicho & Charlie’s, and it sounded amazing as well and I plan to go through them next trip. It’s a difficult hike but there’s many stops before making it to base camp and you do not have to go to the summit if it’s too much, but why hike a volcano if you’re not willing to get to the top?! Best experience of my travels in Central America. You’ll regret it if you don’t go! ❤️

hiking
8 months ago

My favorite hike! Our group went with a guide (Jaime from Balam Tours) and he was great. Began ascent at 10:30 am, first hr and last 45 min to summit most challenging. guide made us stop every 30 mins to help with altitude sickness (thankfully didn’t affect me). There are a few rest stops with beverages/snacks for sale, had our lunch there (tour company provided it). Arrived at basecamp around 3 pm (all set up with tents, cots, sleeping bags, etc) with direct view of Mt Fuego, watched it erupt all night while sitting around a campfire having dinner/eating s’mores :) Woke at 3:45 am hiked steep 45 min climb with headlamp to summit in dark to watch the sunrise and views of Fuego erupting. Wow!!! Technical Switchbacks Steep inclines Varied terrain Recommend: -one pole -proper hiking boots- I wore trail running shoes which got the job done but not ideal -4 L water -Headlamp -Wear layers - warm clothes for summit (below freezing temps), gloves -rain jacket -Snacks

Went without guide with 3am start. Fastest road from Antigua to La Soledad is a unpaved road, 4x4 was helpful although probably can be done with a sedan car. Took the west trail. With the All Trails map, navigation was very easy. The first hour is pretty strenuous and the trail has some loose gravel which makes it slippery at times (specifically going downhill). The forest part is steep but ok. Going to the summit it gets strenuous again and would require some rock stepping. The western trail has some amazing views of Fuego. Overall great hike! For the decent hiking boots and a hiking pole would make it a lot easier.

The start of the trail is not that special but when you arrive at the top of the trail the views and lava is a amazing experience. The road to the start is unpaved and therefore a 4x4 is recommended, however we did see locals in sedans going up there. We parked at the chapel square and had to pay Q20. Also we were forced to hire a guide to even after telling them we are experienced hikers and didn’t want to. At least the guide was very nice, fast and we supported local economy. We did the round trip in 2 hours. Overall great experience and would recommend!

hiking
9 months ago

Steep hike, slippery at times and thick tree line, absolute beautiful and rewarding view from the top

hiking
10 months ago

Most challenging hike I've done. We got lucky to have a nice day but it was vertical incline all. the. way. Glad to have completed this though!

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rocky
10 months ago

Great hike!! Beautiful views of the volcano and the lava flows. Lots of fun and amazing if you get to see the flowing lava up close.

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