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“Do this hike!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Santa Maria Volcano

Santa Maria Volcano
Llano del Pinal, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Do this hike!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I can't speak highly enough of this volcano. The views of santiaguito, the surrounding landscape, and xela are incredible. Going at night has the added incentive of seeing the orange glow of lava and the sparkling lights of the city below. I would recommend going with Quetzaltrekkers, perhaps on their monthly full moon hike.

For those less athletic, rather than the summit you can go to the santiaguito mirador which is a very easy hike compared to the full Santa Maria climb.

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“Quetzal Tours have local guides”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014 via mobile

I went with Quetzal Tours (not trekkers) that have local guides and local knowledge. To the lookout that is a must to be able to see anything before it gets cloudy, at least was that my experience since the next four groups came too late.

Visited April 2014
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“Sunrise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Wow. first trek a volcano ever. Did the full moon hike with Quetzal Trekkers. Did this way way back in 2008, but just got around to being on tripadvisor now. The trek up is rough if you're out of shape but doable. Hiking shoes are a big plus! Saw a beautiful sunrise!

Visited April 2013
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“Wonderful on a clear day”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

We went up with a small police escorte due to security issues, but I'm sure that you'd be fine on your own as well. Police does it for a small tip and it's part of their job, so might just as well bring them if you feel unsafe.

Trek up is around 3-4 hours and when you reach the top you'll have great views of surrounding volcanoes (as far as Antigua), you'll see all of Xela, you can look directly into a volcano that erupts every 20 minutes and if it's a clear day you can also see the ocean.

All up definitely worth the hike. It can be done without a guide, but if you do bring a guide, don't pay more than 200Q.

Visited January 2014
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“high up in Santa Maria!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

We went with Quetzal tours. First time I have been on a hike with police accompaniment.Amazing views of all the volcanoes in the vicinity.

Visited January 2014
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