Guatemala Volcanoes

Climbing Pacaya Volcano

With 33 volcanoes spread throughout its highlands, Guatemala is one of those rear destinations that rewards even the most jaded world traveler with revelatory experiences. Stark silhouettes rise above Guatemala’s mountainous landscape and only few visitors will return home without pictures of these giants in their collection of snapshots. Let’s explore a few of them:

Agua, Fuego & Acatenango: Perhaps the most frequently photographed volcanoes in Guatemala, these three peaks watch over the sleepy, colonial town of Antigua Guatemala. The forested cones of Agua and Acatenango attest to their slumbering old age, while the bare peak of Fuego and the small ash clouds rising from its summit are evidence of continuing activity. Birdwatching, hikes and mountain-bike tours are by our Tour Operators

Pacaya: An active, unpredictable volcano, Pacaya recently dumped tons of volcanic sand on Guatemala City, 18 miles away! This volcano proveds a constant show of ash clouds and lawa flow.

Toliman, Atitlan & San Pedro: These three majestic volcanoes towering above Lake Atitlan form the natural dam that contains the lake. At night, spectacular displays of lightning can be seen beyond their peaks from Panajachel. A smaller volcano called Cerro de Oro, on the south side of the lake once contained a Maya fortress in its crater.

Santa Maria & Santiaguito: Santa Maria is perhaps the most beautiful volcano, whose stately presence forms the lovely backdrop of the city Quetzaltenango. Santiaguito, Guatemala’s youngest and most dangerous volcano, emerged on Santa Maria southern flank with a fierce eruption in 1902.