Cerro de Oro

Cerro de Oro, Solola: Address, Cerro de Oro Reviews: 3.5/5

Cerro de Oro
3.5
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stabush58
Guatemala City, Guatemala50 contributions
Security for hiking
Jul 2019 • Friends
Hello I am very concerned about security in Cerro de Oro. I advise to please call local police to accompany you to the hike, this is new this year, I rent houses in Cerro de Oro and never have had a problem of robberies because my Administrator calls the police to accompany them, also it is very important to go to the Alcaldía Auxiliar in the center of the town to denounce the robbery, if police does not get to know they cannot do anything to stop this.
Written July 1, 2019
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Marcus M.
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Robbed at gunpoint while going down the mountain.
Jun 2019 • Friends
I went on a hike up the Cerro De Oro Mountain with 14 other people including a local guide. On the way down the mountain there was a large male in full camouflage shirt and pants with a black head wrap. He came out of the bushes with a worn golden hand-gun drawn. He patted all 15 of us down and took $300 USD and 5 cell phones. He only took android phones from the people without money. Be careful, from other reviews it seems like the same man has been robbing groups of hikers.
Written June 15, 2019
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efrat59
Haifa, Israel181 contributions
Robbed with a pistol at Cerro de Oro
Apr 2019 • Friends
We were traveling today in an organized tour with a guide and a local guy as an escort to Cerro de Oro . After we start descending a guy in a gerila uniform mask and a pistol robbed us. He took money and whenever someone didn't give him enough he aimed the gun to his head .
Don't go there!!!!!
I know just read the same about the Indian nose.
Written April 28, 2019
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Fedja P
Isla Mujeres, Mexico15 contributions
Great experience!
Feb 2019 • Couples
Had a very nice hike to the top of Cerro de oro with a great guide we hired in Santiago Atitlan whom I very highly recommend. His name is Jose Miguel Coo (+50241173739) and we met him at the docks for the boats from Panajachel. The day before the visit we read about people being robbed with guns and we told him about that. He arranged a police escort for us with the cops actually hiking with us:) in the end there were no problems and he showed us some nice places which we wouldnt be able to find for ourselves.
Highly recommend the hike and Jose Miguel!!
Written February 16, 2019
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gpshort
1 contribution
Also robbed at gunpoint - Cerro de Oro trail
Jan 2019 • Friends
Our group of four (including guide) was also robbed at gunpoint while coming down the Cerro de Oro trail. Sounds like the same man, as he was dressed in camo and had a face mask. He took our money but was not interested in phones, bags, etc. Nice enough view but definitely not worth it. Stay away.
Written January 27, 2019
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Joshua S
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Robbed at gun point
Nov 2018 • Friends
We had a guide and were robbed at gun point at the top by a man in full camo and a mask. Do your research before going to this town. It is definitely a great hike but it comes with great risk.
Written November 4, 2018
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David C
Buckfastleigh, UK158 contributions
Fantastic views but a hard hike
Jan 2018 • Couples
Best to take a guide with you on this hike. It is quite strenuous but the views on the way up and once at the top are simply breathtaking and make it all worthwhile. Take plenty of water as it does get hot so best to do the walk earlier rather than at mid-day. Some good bird-life to see as you walk up.
Written March 2, 2018
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murroc0
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala7 contributions
Satisfying and gratifying hike with rewarding views of the area
Feb 2017 • Solo
There are a couple ways that you can hike the Cerro de Oro hike, and we chose one that was only on one side of the hill. We ascended and descended in the same way, and during that time we were able to see the sunset. The lookout point is magnificent; it gives you an incredible view of the lake and you are able to see the surrounding villages, and look down upon the land below which includes many coffee and corn plants.

I would rank the ascent as an intermediate level, it isn't long requiring endurance to get up, however the path itself is steep, and the ground is often dirt that has been tread on by many feet; people picking coffee and people hiking the Cerro. For the descent, I would recommend to do it in daylight or have a strong torch/flashlight as the path can be tricky (so it is strongly recommended to go with guides) and it takes similar time to descend as it does to ascend.

If you are here for a short time this is a great hike to do to see a great lookout point and get a satisfactory feeling of doing a hike in San Lucas. If you are here for longer, then this is a good primer for wanting to do longer ones, such as the volcanoes. This is just one of the many fun things to do in this little town that is hidden from the rest of Guatemala!
Written February 4, 2017
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Alexis F
Guatemala18 contributions
Fantastic hike and great views of Lake Atitlan with far less effort required than the volcano walks
Jan 2016 • Friends
Cerro de Oro is a sacred Mayan Kakiquel hill that provides amazing views of Lake Atitlán and the San Pedro and Toliman volcanos. The walk begins 1km from the village of Cerro de Oro.

We contacted Hotel Tolimán in San Lucas Tolimán (located 5km away) who arranged local guides and transport. Both guides, Walter and Manuel speak the local Mayan language, are extremely kind people and of course have great knowledge of Cerro de Oro and the surrounding area.

The hike begins with a 45 minute uphill walk from the road. This part of the hike is quite strenuous but has shade for most of the path. We had two people of the age of 70 plus in our group and although they found the hike very tough, they really enjoyed themselves. During the ascent you pass through maize and coffee plantations and we saw some local people farming their land. Just below the summit we visited a contemporary Mayan ceremonial site and ancient Mayan rock carvings. Walter and Manuel led us around the hill to the Eastern side where we had a great view of the San Pedro Volcano. The real prize is the final viewing point of almost all of Lake Atitlan where we rested for a few minutes and took in the amazing view. The hike down is quite steep and took us 30 minutes.

In total, including transport from San Lucas Toliman we took three hours. I would highly recommend this hike for anybody who does not have the time, energy or desire to climb one of the volcanoes but is searching for a wonderful experience that can be achieved quite easily. I would definitely recommend hiring local guides as it would be a little difficult to hike without any experience of the area.
Written December 18, 2016
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John G
Berlin, Germany7 contributions
Hike with wonderful views
Apr 2016 • Solo
It is a bit of a hard place to reach! The hike up the mountain is hard, and best early morning because it gets very hot. Take a local guide, always an excellent option. On top there is an ancient mayan altar, that deserves exploring and maybe also a candle or two.
Written April 19, 2016
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