Santiaguito Volcano
Santiaguito Volcano
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Chris W
York, UK165 contributions
Nov 2016 • Couples
It was erupting just as we got to the mirador! Great experience. You could probably do this on your own with some research and a bit better Spanish than me but we got a guide that our hostel (The impressive Casa Siebel) knew. With three in our party this was 130Q each. The guide, Carlos, was a nice lad who speaks good English if you have any questions. It's 45 minutes steep climb at the start but the rest is no problem. I think our total time to the mirador was 1hr 45min with a few breaks. 45min at the lookout (2 small eruptions)1hr back. The chicken bus is 20 minutes or so each way. We were out six hours.
Written November 17, 2016
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CasaXelaju
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala34 contributions
Dec 2016 • Family
From the City, take a bus to Los Llanos del Pinal from El Calvario, Church (Cemetery). The trip will take up to 30 minutes. You can ask the driver where is the path to Volcan Santa Maria. Before you reach the volcano cone, you have to hike a very rocky path for 15 minutes. When you reach the cone, turn to the right to follow the path. You will reach the Mirador in 35 minutes. From the Mirador you can look Volcan Santiaguito's 1.5 km dome and huge and minor explosions. Before the explosions, you have hear the rumble noise.
During the summer, you look the big clouds coming from the mountains meeting the warm wind from the Pacific Ocean. When this phenomenon takes place, the clouds disappear like magic in a matter of seconds. Amanizing and beautiful
This is not a heavy hike. It is highly recommended to hire a guide who is very familiar with the area.
Written January 16, 2017
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CourtneyZorio
Toronto, Canada26 contributions
Feb 2016 • Friends
This was the easiest volcano I did in Guatemala (also did Santa Maria summit and Pacaya). The volcano erupts every 2-3 hours or so. The hike itself is uphill for the first half, but a nice flat walk for the second half as you walk around the base of Santa Maria.

I did this hike with a guide who we were set up with via Casa Seibel (definitely recommend staying there if you need a hostel/hotel). Our guide was amazing and made this hike that much better. He knew all about the history of the town and the volcano.

The view is awesome, but if you want a challenging hike that makes you feel rewarded, you need to hike the Santa Maria Summit and watch the eruptions from up there. But this view was great also. The walk is also very nice and if you love nature you will enjoy it for sure.
Written March 29, 2016
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HearDoc
Everett, WA133 contributions
Aug 2015 • Friends
Early morning departure with Queztaltrekkers is best. We departed @ 5:30am and were transported in a new van with 10 adventurers. Carlos was an awesome guide sharing the flora and fauna as we made the hike to the mirador. 1.5 hours each way. Carlos made us coffee at the overlook. This is my 2nd trip and will certainly contact the group again when I return with new folks.
Written September 4, 2015
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Jane L
Atlanta, GA15 contributions
Jul 2015 • Friends
The hike up through farms and pastures is a workout if you are coming from sea level (the mirador is at about 9500') but watching Santiaguito erupt was amazing. Monte Verde tours picked us up and led the way, and thoughtfully brought along a kettle for coffee and tea while we waited for the (unpredictable) event. A beautiful way to see the farmland up close, too.
Written July 27, 2015
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HostalDelDuende
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala2 contributions
Apr 2015 • Solo
Is near the city and is very nice, see the eruption, two times, safe,and i like the experience. the tour operator adrenalin tours, has a very good guide
Written May 1, 2015
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Lancao
Winnipeg, Canada109 contributions
Mar 2015 • Couples
This is an excellent way to observe volcano eruption in very close distance, two hours ascend in a beautiful countryside trail, and you will be able to see something you could not believe!
The mountain volcano about erupts every 15 to 20 minutes!
Bring at least one liter water, some snacks or fruits, sun’s cream, light wind jacket, hat, wear good hiking boots. Hiking stick may help for descending.
You may need to hire a guide or go with a travel agency.
Written April 18, 2015
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Audrey S
New Westminster10 contributions
Aug 2018
We left early in the morning with our guide, hiking only by the light of the full moon. What a reward when we arrived at the destination, a look-out over what appeared to be a quiet (smoking) volcano. Less than an hour later, a deep rumble and then it blew! Amazing sight.
Written August 6, 2018
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Giuseppe S
Antwerp, Belgium864 contributions
Feb 2018 • Solo
The hike to the mirador is easy i.e. not short and no altitude challenges but looking at an active volcano puffing is priceless. Can be done independently as well with some little help from bus driver and local on where to start the hike/turn right/left.
Hiking boots recommended due to sandy/slippery trail.
Written May 4, 2018
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chey_baybee
Hickory, NC143 contributions
Mar 2018 • Friends
The hike up is moderate. The volcano is quite dusty, so bring something to cover your mouth and nose (like a Buff). The trail is easy to follow, so if you are adventurous you do not need a guided.
Written April 2, 2018
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