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Santa Maria Volcano

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Address: Llano del Pinal, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
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Santa María Volcano Hike from Quetzaltenango

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Nice day hike from Xela

would have rated 5 stars but had to deduct one cuz its needs to be kept clean. saw plenty of trash on the trails and its so sad to know that people wasting this away. Hope this... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

would have rated 5 stars but had to deduct one cuz its needs to be kept clean. saw plenty of trash on the trails and its so sad to know that people wasting this away. Hope this can still be changed as the hike itself is not too hard, offers great view of the city and landscapes. Went too early... More 

Thank TabsterInc
London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Sadly this volcano is very poorly maintained. There is trash everywhere. There was so much up at the summit that we couldn't even sit without being covered in flys and bees. The hike was also harder than we expected. Make sure you bring enough food and water! Also, sadly it was really cloudy and we couldn't see anything so make... More 

Thank Lara S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I and three friends got on a chicken bus at El Calvario at 5:20 am. For two quetzales, we were dropped off down the road from the trail head, starting the hike at 6. Because we weren't camping or carrying a lot of things, we were able to make it to the top by 9 am. It was very difficult,... More 

Thank Isabel M
Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The altitude can make this trek hard, even if you are in good shape. Slow and steady. The view is pretty awesome, little bit of luck involved as to how much the clouds obscure.

Thank Tammy2124
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3 reviews
Reviewed 22 March 2017

When in Quetzaltenango an absolute must is climbing Volcán Santa María. This rising volcano is a hikers' dream in the western highlands of Guatemala. The trail is challenging, but absolutely worth every minute of effort.

Thank Vincent V
Warsaw, Poland
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3 reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017

it is not a walk in the park, especially when you plan on camping on the volcano and have to carry sleeping bags and supplies of water etc. all the way up. But when you finally get there and look at Santi Aguito and other volcanos below, you know it's worth it :-)

Thank krakrakra
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

This day hike was challenging but so worth it. Just make sure you bring a jacket & a beanie in the morning as it's freezing when we did it and wear appropriate shoes as the path down was quite muddy for us. Highly recommended it, the view is magnificent.

Thank WaeHildebrand
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Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

It was so far the best hike (due to the view on the top) but also the hardest hike. If you are well in shape you can make it in 2 hours. You do not need a guide but good to have a mobile with GPS and the track on it bc there are two places, where you could get... More 

Thank Mh1976
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
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Reviewed 15 January 2017

Hiking his volcano Santa Maria requires a lot of energy and good physical conditions because it is very steep. It takes up to 4 hours to reach the summit. During the hike, climbers can look the Valle de Palujonoj, Cerro Quemado, Volcan Palujonoj the city of Quetzaltenango. From the summit hikers can look the huge and small eruptions from Santiaguito... More 

Thank CasaXelaju
Bocas del Toro Province, Panama
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Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

Now I know what they mean with a "difficult" hike! Although the hike is amazing, it is difficult! Especially when you arrive at the top and there is no view at all - too cloudy. I can't say the hike was the best ever, but it is a nice one. That's for sure! It was more difficult than Acatenango, even... More 

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