Welcome to Quetzaltenango
Quetzaltenango may well be the perfect Guatemalan town – not too big, not too small, enough foreigners to support a good range of hotels and restaurants, but not so many that it loses its national flavor. The Guatemalan 'layering' effect is at work in the city center – once the Spanish moved out, the Germans moved in and their architecture gives the zone a somber, even Gothic, feel.Quetzaltenango is big, like its... Read More
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Hike to Santa Maria Volcano from Quetzaltenango
After hotel pickup in Quetzaltenango (also known by its Maya name, Xela), it's about a 20-minute drive to the starting point of your hike at Santa María Volcano, located in the western highlands of Guatemala. The first eruption of this active volcano in recorded history took place 1902, and you'll see evidence of its thermal activity while you trek the otherworldly landscape with your guide. From the top, see other volcanoes in the valley: Agua, Fuego, and Acatenango volcanoes; San Pedro, Toliman, and Atitlan, located in the Atitlan lake; Zunil and Santo Tomas volcanoes; and Tajamulco and Tacana. Even observe the eruptions of the active Santiaguito Volcano.Adventurous travelers can opt for a difficult half-day hike of 3–4 hours, departing in the early morning (around 5am). Follow your guide along a path of pine trees and rocks, starting at an altitude of 8,530 feet (2,600 meters). You'll appreciate views of Quetzaltenango, the volcano, and the Almolonga valley with a rest stop at La Meseta en route to the mountain peak where you'll have time to rest, eat and take pictures before making the descent around 10am. Those looking for a night-time adventure can opt for the Full-Moon-Trek. Hotel pickup begins between 11:30pm and 12:00am, and the hike begins at 12:30 am. Take a break at La Meseta around 1:30am en route to the summit. You will have around an hour at the summit to admire the view of the Santiaguito Volcano and take in the sunrise. At 6:30am begin your descent. At the end of your hiking tour, you're transferred by vehicle back to your hotel in Quetzaltenango.
3-Hour Walking Tour of Xela Quetzaltenango and its Historical Center
When the day arrives, you will be picked up at your hotel in a lapse of 30 minutes before 9am or 3pm (depending on your choice) and will start a 3-hour walking tour along with a guide, through the main streets of Quetzaltenango, or as the guatemalan says to the city: Xela.In this 3-hours walking tour you will see and enjoy the historic center of the city, main streets and avenues, visiting the monuments and buildings with great history in the city, during the tour you will visit: Parque Central America, Museum of Science and History, major office, Cathedral, the cementery, the chocolate factory, the teather of the city and Market "La Democracia".If you take the morning tour you will be back at the hotel at halfday, and if you take the afternoon tour you will be back at 6pm in your hotel.Since september 10th you can fly to local airport in Quetzaltenango from La Aurora international Airport in Guatemala City. If you want to consider this option to get there.
Fuentes Georginas Hot Springs from Quetzaltenango
The driver will pick you up from your hotel in Quetzaltenango and take you by shared van or car to Fuentes Georginas hot spring. You'll be impressed when see the steam floating and for sure you will soak you up in the pools.Visit these hot springs that emanate from the Zunil Volcano and which flow into the place known today as Fuentes Georginas, thermal sources discovered by two laborers from Zunil in the year 1902 and they changed it into communal bath, where people who lived around there or near the thermal baths took a bath when they considered it necessary.Take a relaxing bath, a little walk on its trails or just enjoy of nature at the Hot Springs Fuentes Georginas. The prettiest in Guatemala at 8 kilometers from Zunil where you also do a short visit.
Santa María Volcano Hike from Quetzaltenango
Meet your guide before dawn prepared for a challenging half-day trek to the top of the Santa María Volcano. Take a short drive to the base of the volcano which is situated next to the small village of Llanos del Pinal. Embark on an early morning hike to reach the top of the fourth highest volcano on Guatemala, accompanied by your friendly and informative guide.Reach the summit and enjoy the breathtaking view from the top of the Santa María. See numerous other volcanoes such as Tacana, Tajumulco, Chicabal, Lacandón, the volcanoes around Lake Atitlan as well as the volcanoes Acatenango, Fuego and Agua. This trek is especially popular because the top of the Santa Maria Volcano gives a perfect view down on the crater of the Santiaguito Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. The Santiaguito is the security valve of the bigger Santa Maria and is in constant eruption.Return to Quetzaltenango after hiking back down the volcano. For a personalized experience, this tour operates in a small-group of no more than 10 people.
Santiaguito Volcano Hiking Tour from Quetzaltenango
This hike gives you the opportunity to see the beautiful Guatemalan landscape, and the eruptions of one of the most dangerous volcanos in the world, while not being overly strenuous. You will have the chance to see different types of plants and flowers. The first part of the hike is a bit steep, with some rocks as obstacles, but when looking over your shoulder, you can see breath-taking views of Quetzaltenango in the early morning.Halfway, the road becomes more flat and easy, which gives you the opportunity to take some beautiful pictures of the landscape. You can see Santa Maria in front of you; this view gives you the feeling of being overwhelmed by the sheer size of the mountain. When walking further, you can see some of the different mountains Guatemala has, and there is the possibility that you will pass locals with horses who are going to the city.Once you reach the view point, there is a chance that you will need to wait for a few minutes to see a eruption, but it's worth the wait. Every eruption of the volcano is different and one is more spectacular than the next. Your guide has a lot of knowledge about the country and can tell you a lot about the area.
10-Day, Four Volcano Hike Tour in Guatemala
Day 1: You’ll be picked up at the airport by a collective shuttle that drops you off at your hotel in the colonial town of Antigua. There you’ll stay 2 nights in a single room, breakfast included. Day 2: An early morning driver will pick you up at your hotel to take you to volcano Pacaya with a small group and a guide. You can roast a marshmallow above flowing lava! An entrance fee of Q50/$6 is not included. At the end of the hike, you’ll be taken back to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free to relax, or to explore beautiful Antigua. Day 3: In the morning, you’ll be picked up at your hotel by a collective shuttle, that will take you to the Soledad Community, from where a guided hike up volcano Acatenango will depart. In the afternoon you’ll set up camp, and when it’s dark you can see adjacent volcano Fuego erupt! Day 4: You’ll pack up camp to head for Acatenango’s Summit, from where you’ll watch the sunrise. This hike includes lunch, dinner, guide, entrance fees, wáter, camping gear and breakfast the next morning. You’ll return to the same hotel in Antigua at the end of the hike, where you’ll stay 1 more night. Day 5: In the morning, you can explore Antigua. At 14:00, a collective shuttle will pick you up to head for Quetzaltenango where you will stay in a private room, breakfast included. In the evening you can explore Quetzaltenango, where women still wear the traditional Mayan clothes! Day 6: You’ll be picked up at your hotel early, to start a guided hike up volcano Santa Maria. At the summit, Santa Maria will present you with the best views in all of Guatemala! You’ll be brought back to your hotel after the hike, after which the rest of the day is free. Day 7: Another early pick up, but this time to head for the mighty Tajumulco, the highest point of Central America! In the afternoon, you’ll set up camp and will be spoiled with impressive views of the lit up city of San Marcos below. Day 8: The hike continues early in the morning, you’ll pack up camp in darkness to head for the summit, from where you’ll be able to witness another, even more impressive, sunrise. At the end of the hike you’ll be taken back to Quetzaltenango. The hike includes lunch, dinner, guide, entrance fees, camping gear, wáter, and breakfast the next morning. Now relax! Hiking is over! You can be proud! Day 9: The morning is free. At 14:30, you’ll be picked up at your hotel by a private taxi, that will take you to the terminal from where your first class bus leaves for Guatemala city. There you will be taken to a hostel where you’ll have a private room, breakfast included. Day 10: The hostel personnel will take you to the airport. Once you boarded your flight back home, you might want to close your eyes and reminisce about your unforgettable achievement!