The Most Explored Volcanoes in Guatemala

Posted 14 March 2014 by
The Most Explored Volcanoes in Guatemala

Volcanoes are one of the wonders of nature. Since the dawn of time, they have fascinated mankind. They are spread in countries around the world, including Guatemala, which is a country in Central America. Guatemala is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, known for its culture, history, wildlife and cuisine.

It is a perfect destination for those who enjoy adventure. The country offers a wide range of opportunities to tourists who want to enjoy the highest level of adrenaline rush, without harming themselves. Guatemala is known as the country of eternal spring and the cradle of Mayan civilization.

In Guatemala there are around 32 volcanoes (as per the National Geographic Institute) and out of which, 3 are known to be active. The National Mountaineering Federation of Guatemala recognizes 37 mountains and hills as volcanoes. Some of the most popular volcanoes in the country, which are frequently explored by the tourists, are as follows:


This volcano is known for its photographic beauty as is popular with foreign as well as local tourists. It is situated near the town of Antigua and has 2 peaks, namely Yepocapa (approx. 12700 ft) and Pico Mayor (approx. 2400 ft). The Acatenango volcano last erupted in 1972. Climbing the volcano can be thrilling as well as fun and you will get to enjoy beautiful birds as well as the scenic beauty of the surrounding areas of the volcano. It will take approximately 5 years to climb to the top of this volcano.


Pacaya is an active volcano which is very unpredictable in nature. The volcano repeatedly deposits tons of volcanic sand on Guatemala City, about 29 kilometers (18 miles) away! This volcano provides a constant display of clouds of flowing ash and lava. Tourists can climb to the summit of the volcano, where they can observe volcanic ashes and lava coming out of its crater. However, it is a very dangerous volcano as it is active because of which it is advisable that tourists only climb it in the presence of experience hikers. It is also recommended to wear glasses to protect your eyes from volcanic gases.

Santiaguito Santa Maria

Santa Maria is the most beautiful volcano in Guatemala situated near the city of Quetzaltenango, in the western part of the country. The volcano is regarded as the youngest and the most dangerous volcano in Guatemala. It last erupted in 1991 and is known for violent eruptions at frequent intervals. The elevation of Santa Maria is about 12,370 ft above sea level. It takes about 4 hours to climb to the summit of the volcano. The tourists often camp on its summit to enjoy the spectacular view of sunrise from there.

Toliman, Atitlan and San Pedro

These three majestic volcanoes that dominate the Lake Atitlan form a natural dam containing the lake. During the night, you can see spectacular display of lightning beyond the peaks. The average elevation of these volcanoes is about 10,000 ft. These three volcanoes are comparatively safer as they have not erupted in a very long time. After descending from these volcanoes, people often like to camp near the banks of Lake Atitlan, which is also a hotspot for fishing.

It is advisable to take the help of professional hikers, while trying to explore any of the volcanoes in Guatemala. You are also advised to wear comfortable clothes, a hat or cap to cover your head and the right shoes to prevent annoying blisters. Also, you should carry plenty of water as you will feel very thirsty when you climb the volcanoes.

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