I've done this hike twice, now - BOTH times a day trip, BOTH times with O.X. (www.guatemalavolcano.com) - I wouldn't do this hike with anyone else!
The website says it's moderate hike, but I'd err more on the side of difficult. The second time was totally easier, but that may have been my state of mind, knowing I had done it once before. The American owned company was comforting to register with, since I was a little naive about who best to tour with. They took such good care of us, and their guides are super experienced and nice. They also had security to protect us as we trekked through the trails. (don't think this is required anymore but it was comforting at the time!).
We hiked through the farms (so beautiful!), then up through the lush forest, and eventually up past the clouds through scree to the top. We ate a super delicious lunch at the top, and then ran down. 5 hours up, 1 hour at the top, 2 hours down.... I absolutely LOVED this experience, and can't wait to do it again!
Pack layers, be prepared for wetness in the air that comes and goes, bring PLENTY of water, and I recommend snacks for the way up- I had a handful of granola bars. You'll be dirty at the bottom, but so stoked!
Thank you O.X. for an incredible experience- Acatenango will forever be an epic memory for me!!
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