Ring of Fire - 7 volcanoes in 15 days
Guatemala’s impressive geography, defined by a chain of 33 volcanoes, makes up the backbone of the Guatemalan Highlands. This amazing itinerary focuses on the majestic volcanoes that overlook the old Spanish colonial capital of Antigua. You will climb the spectacularly active Volcano Pacaya and then venture to the tops of Volcano Acatenango and Volcano Fuego. Your experienced guides will provide all the gear and cooking equipment for a cozy night in the saddle.Read more
Guatemala’s impressive geography, defined by a chain of 33 volcanoes, makes up the backbone of the Guatemalan Highlands. This amazing itinerary focuses on the majestic volcanoes that overlook the old Spanish colonial capital of Antigua. You will climb the spectacularly active Volcano Pacaya and then venture to the tops of Volcano Acatenango and Volcano Fuego. Your experienced guides will provide all the gear and cooking equipment for a cozy night in the saddle.
With some luck, Fuego will provide some entertainment with a high altitude firework shows. Fuego, history’s most active volcano, has been recorded to be rumbling and firing lava from its crater ever since the Spanish first arrived in Antigua in the 16th century. This trip will also take you to the top of Volcano Tajumulco, Central America’s highest peak (13,845 ft). From the summit you will get views of the Guatemalan highlands, the Pacific Coast, the Cuchumatanes mountain range, and well into Mexico.
Here are the highlights of this adventure-packed tour:
Arrive to Guatemala City International Airport and transfer to Antigua.
A day for sightseeing in Antigua, a fascinating old Spanish Colonial city, now a World Heritage Site.
Our volcano trekking begins with a short but exciting ascent of smoking Pacaya overlooking Guatemala City. We reach a high point of approximately 2100 meters on this very active volcano before returning to Antigua.
Driving to the small settlement of La Soledad we begin our ascent of Acatenango (3975m). Our overnight camp is spectacularly located just below the summit on the saddle between Acatenango and Fuego. Here we have amazing views of Fuego’s eruptions.
After admiring the sunrise and a hearty breakfast we ascend Fuego to a safe distance for viewing its regular eruptions and return to the saddle.
We embark on a long descent from the top to our waiting transport and we transfer to Antigua. The afternoon is free to further enjoy this charming town.
We have a scenic drive across the highlands to reach Guatemala’s second city of Quetzaltenango.
Our next summit is Volcano Zunil (3542m). After a short drive to Xecam, follow an undulating ridge line to a spectacular camp high on the ridge overlooking the Xela Highlands.
After an early breakfast we continue climbing the ridge to the summit of Volcano Zunil. We descend through cloud and bamboo forest into the Zunil Valley and we visit the hot springs of Fuente Georginas.
Our next objective is Santa Maria (3770m). We make an early start for the 5 hour trek and aim to reach the summit by lunchtime. We have a bird’s eye view into the fiery crater of the nearby active Volcano Santiaguto.
A long day to reach the highest point in Central America. Beginning with a drive to the village of Tuican, we climb Tajumulco and descend to a camp (c.3000m).
After a short trek we transfer to Lake Atitlan. From the colourful Indian town of Panajachal we take a boat to our hotel.
The final volcano of our adventure is San Pedro (3040m) which gives us breathtaking views over the lake. We return to our hotel.
We take a boat back to Panajachal and transfer to Antigua. We have a final afternoon and evening to enjoy the many bars and street cafes.
Transfer to airport. End of services.