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Acatenango Volcano is a 8.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until June.

Length 8.6 mi Elevation gain 5,252 ft Route type Out & Back
Backpacking Camping Hiking Nature trips Running Views Scramble
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Caminata fenomenal hasta Acatenango en Guatemala. Campamento con vista al muy activo Volcán Fuego y Volcán Agua. Hermosa caminata que es considerada de moderada a difícil.

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Tori Welch
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Hardest hike I’ve ever done and the most incredible experience I’ve ever had.

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Rodrigo Letona
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Kathleen Tumulty
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The hardest and best hike of my life. I had the privilege of doing this hike with a group of Guatemalan friends instead of a tour group! (It was a full moon too!) We started at 1AM and got to the summit at sunrise. It was crazy to do this hike so fast!!! At the top it was freezing, 40mph winds (at least), cloud cover, and ice rain. I didn’t get to see a view but it felt like another planet when you’re on the top. I’ll never forget huddling in that little shelter drinking cacao with everyone else who was up there at the time. Hike took 12+ hours in total and it was extremely physically demanding. I will do it next time I’m in Guatemala but plan for a view this time.... 10/10

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Alex Morose
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If you visit Antigua and don’t do this trek, you are missing out big time! This is one of the best things you could possibly have the opportunity of doing. I still dream about the sunrise summit and experiencing the lava eruption from a tent! Additionally, going with local guides allows you to have a unique cultural experience as well. This trek is not expensive as it only costed us $30 USD. If you’re on the fence, please do it! For more info on trails and hikes check out my Instagram, @alex.morose

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Morgan Clark
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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.

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

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Derek Layne
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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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C Burrup
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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

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Quentin Mathys
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Amazing trail with a beautiful view on the Fuego!

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Oliver Ramirez
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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.

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JoJo Bowers
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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! ❤️

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Mana R
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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

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Russell Slootstra
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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.

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

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Cedric Woo
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Most beautiful hike I’ve ever done

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Sarah Hamsi
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Très difficile, bonne condition physique nécessaire ! c'était mon 1er trek et je ne le regrette pas, expérience inoubliable !

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Sean Hudgins
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Absolutely stunning trail, but definitely the most difficult trail I’ve done. Was told it was an easy overnight trip and it was very challenging in the end. It’s steep uphill with much of the hike through volcanic sand that you slide down in for every step. Poles helped with this. Gorgeous views at the summit and a view of an active volcano are hard to beat though. Very glad I went, even saw a couple small eruptions of fire from Fuego. Pack light, with warm clothes for the summit- it’s freezing up there. And pack lots of water. Rent the walking sticks they offer- it’s worth it for the sandy parts- which is about 40% of the trail.

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Sara Atlas
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One of the Best track you will ever do.

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Matt Phipps
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so hard so worth it

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Jessica Edgar
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This was an incredibly difficult hike. You must be in great physical condition and know that altitude sickness is real. This is a must do for visiting Guatemala, but I will never do this again as the down hill part is so incredibly slippery, it takes away from the experience, hence the 4 star rating. The views at night of the volcan fuego errupting were worth it. It is an experience one will never forget.

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Loren Barnhart
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Way down. Muy, muy, mucho easier!

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Loren Barnhart
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The view at the top is phenomenal. We got to see Fuego spouting often!! Excruciatingly intense hike tho, not for the faint of heart. Literally.

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Cap Cap Rizzo
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Extremely hard but was a hiking trip of a lifetime. This hike is so intense that words really can’t describe it. We went with Tropicana Tours and the guides were local Guatemalan guys. They were great in every respect. The hike began at 8,000 ft and camped at 12,000 ft. We took breaks about every 30 min or so give or take. At 4:30am the following day, we hiked to the summit, an additional 1,000 ft gain to watch the sunrise. If going, don’t underestimate how cold it is up there. We were well prepared and stayed warm. The volcano was very active and we saw the show of a lifetime. Fuego blew about every 15-20 minutes. The hike up took 5+ hours with breaks, an hour up to the summit the next am and then three hours out. Advance incline training helped us a lot. Totally a 5-star hike.

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Ethan Steininger
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Incredibly challenging and very slippery. Hiking poles or walking stick make it manageable

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Marc Feder
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Hiking uphill 90% of the time is really something I've never experienced before. Couple that with the altitude, and I could hardly sleep through the night. That being said, you will not regret it! Seeing Volcan de Fuego go off throughout and then waking up at dusk to capture sunrise at the summit. If you are in Guatemala, do yourself this kindness and take the hike.

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Caro B
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very hard but definitely worth it! so beautiful the overnight in front of the very active Fuego volcano! wear good shoes and a lot of water.

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esi shabani
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One of most beautiful views

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Jessica Brock
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I went up Acatenango in a guided group on a different path than indicated on the map. My guide said they use the one on the map sometimes when they do overnight hikes. Our path was 12 miles round trip. Beautiful, but brutally steep. My guide told me they call the last scree portion something similar to “b*tch trail” and it’s pretty accurate. Views are incredible, got to see Fuego spout a little from the top! It was pretty windy and cold in the forested section so wear layers and a wind breaker.

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