Volcan Atitlan

Volcan Atitlan, San Lucas Toliman: Address, Volcan Atitlan Reviews: 5/5

Volcan Atitlan
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Antonio M
By Antonio M
Underrated attraction at the lake Atitlan!
Dec 2019
When I was planning our activities around the Lake Atitlan, most of the information I found was about volcano San Pedro and the mountain with the name Indian Nose. However, thanks to the recommendation of the local guide, Salvador, I have chosen volcano Atitlan instead of San Pedro. I just trusted the man and it was the great choice! This is a moderate-difficult hike, especially tough at the very end. The easy part takes place in the shadow of the trees that is just perfect on a hot day. We saw some flowers and a bird called "singing quail" on our way. Else not much to see, but relaxing. When it gets steeper, trees change from leaf-trees to pine trees and the soil changes to volcanic stones rolling at every step. So it was actually tough but we had special hiking shoes :) It was also getting colder as closer we approached to the peak. The path is actually marked for beginners but I would still recommend to do it with a guide. You get to see spectacular views and clouds passing by. Incredible feeling. First you see volcano San Pedro, then also volcano Toliman. The altitude of volcano Atitlan peak is 3535 m but the total elevation is about 2000 m. The weather changes very fast there and by the time we went down, the forest turned into a cloud forest. By the way, going down is really more painful than going up! Despite having slight pain in our legs the following day, we went to another hike early in the morning to watch sunrise from the "Indian Nose" :)

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Antonio M
Copenhagen, Denmark45 contributions
Underrated attraction at the lake Atitlan!
Dec 2019
When I was planning our activities around the Lake Atitlan, most of the information I found was about volcano San Pedro and the mountain with the name Indian Nose.

However, thanks to the recommendation of the local guide, Salvador, I have chosen volcano Atitlan instead of San Pedro. I just trusted the man and it was the great choice!

This is a moderate-difficult hike, especially tough at the very end. The easy part takes place in the shadow of the trees that is just perfect on a hot day. We saw some flowers and a bird called "singing quail" on our way. Else not much to see, but relaxing. When it gets steeper, trees change from leaf-trees to pine trees and the soil changes to volcanic stones rolling at every step. So it was actually tough but we had special hiking shoes :) It was also getting colder as closer we approached to the peak.

The path is actually marked for beginners but I would still recommend to do it with a guide. You get to see spectacular views and clouds passing by. Incredible feeling. First you see volcano San Pedro, then also volcano Toliman. The altitude of volcano Atitlan peak is 3535 m but the total elevation is about 2000 m.

The weather changes very fast there and by the time we went down, the forest turned into a cloud forest. By the way, going down is really more painful than going up! Despite having slight pain in our legs the following day, we went to another hike early in the morning to watch sunrise from the "Indian Nose" :)
Written May 4, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

heyjudithz
Knoxville, TN1,498 contributions
A spectacular sight on the horizon
Mar 2017 • Business
The tallest of the three volcanoes visible from Lake Atitlan, the volcano of the same name is considered inactive or semi-active, and is safe to climb. It is an imposing 11,000+ feet tall and looms ahead in the distance as you cross the lake. It is a beautiful sight to behold and added to the intrigue and mystery of our boat ride while we observed it.
Written April 6, 2017
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Walter M
2 contributions
Great views all around
Jan 2017 • Couples
I was lucky to have "Tour Guide Salvador" (on Trip Advisor) for Volcán Atitlán, at Lago Atitlán in Guatemala. He took me through the maze of roads and trails that make up the approach and exit routes, safely through the herds of grumpy bulls, getting me to the top and down again. The entire time he was sharing his knowledge of the area, the plants, and the birds that we encountered.

I am definitely happy that I had a professional guide, and that I did not waste time trying to do it on my own.
Written January 12, 2017
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Alexis F
Guatemala18 contributions
Fantastic and rewarding hike
Mar 2016 • Friends
I would highly recommend this hike for the fantastic views and amazing changes in vegetation. We left from San Lucas Tolimán at 4am with a guide hired through the Hotel Tolimán. I would definitely recommend hiring a guide particular for their knowledge of the paths, flora, fauna and local customs. Hiring a guide is also an excellent way to contribute to the local economy.

The hike took us 12 hours in total. 6 hours to walk up through coffee plantations, maize fields, deciduous forest, stunted pine trees and finally lava fields. At the summit volcanic gases rise from the black (basic) and red (acidic) dried lava. The views of the lake and towards the South coast are truly spectacular. We stayed 1 hour at the top and took 5 hours to walk down.

The hike is without doubt a challenge but very rewarding, particularly as this is one of the lesser climbed volcanoes in Guatemala.
Written April 7, 2016
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Satyabrata Dam
New Delhi1,776 contributions
Tough day hike
Sep 2015
I climbed Atitlan and Toliman volcano in a single day push and it was worth it. I like challenging hikes and this was fun. Climb is steep through thick forests and the last 20 min to Atitlan is through lava scree rocks. Summit crater is huge with smoke coming out of cracks, found hot water. It was like a sauna on top. views of the lake and other volcanoes was amazing. Not many climb these volcanoes and i would recommend taking a local guide though the trail is straight enough.
Written September 26, 2015
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