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“Climb the "Indian Nose"”
Review of Volcan San Pedro

Volcan San Pedro
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San Pedro Volcano Hiking Tour from Panajachel in...
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

If you don't feel like climbing the actual volcano you can leave for a small hike uphill (not to bad) before sunrise, you will leave by car which will take you to the beginning of the trail. You get to the top for sunrise and see a spectacular view of lake atitlan as well as the smoking San Pedro Volcano. We booked this through our hostel - Casa Blanca GH at the end of the main lower road.
I'm sure you can book it elsewhere.

Thank ornoga
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Reviewed April 14, 2012

My legs were killing me for 3 days after I did this hike. It is three hours strait uphill and then you have to get down again. Incredible view at the top and a beautiful lush forest backdrop along the hike. Bring plenty of water and some food because you can't buy anything along the way.

2  Thank Lindsay R
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Reviewed February 25, 2012

We booked the hike (you need a guide) thought the travel agency Tzu'tujil (with the lady with the adorable kitten named Manchita (stain). She set us up with Lorenzo, who was great to talk to and very concerned about our well being. He was as slow or as fast as we wanted to be. Th while normally takes 3.5 hours, we did it in 2.5 but were exhausted, then you still have about a hour going back down. If you hit the first viewpoint and are feeling extremely lethargic, don't continue on,it is like climbing stairs for 3 hours straight, so be prepared to be sore for a couple of days too. Not that we are in bad shape, I run half marathons,but it's a very different workout. Also, it should cost about ten bucks a person or 80 Quetzales. If your group is athletic,try to get your own guide. The price shouldn't change too much.

2  Thank Puravidamia
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Reviewed November 22, 2011

The hike is really nice. Its a hard climb through fields and forest but pretty all the way. I liked it but when I got to the top you could only see part of the lake, the Indian Nose has a better view but the hike is not a challenging.

5  Thank Yael B
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Reviewed August 14, 2010

Was unable to find a good TA San Pedro Volcano-Climbing 101 article, so wasn't completely prepared. It's mostly a young crowd / backpacker set and at 50 was by far the oldest one on scene -- except for our outstanding guide, who was 52 years old ! However, we were very lucky in that there is a kiosk / oficina just off the San Pedro dock that set up the whole thing and was perfectly legit all the way around. It was Q250 for the tuk-tuk taxi up to the park, the entrance fee, the guide, and the tuk-tuk back to the dock in San Pedro. Kept expecting the sorts of hidden costs that one often encounters, but they never came. No doubt the younger budget-economy travelers know how to do this on the cheap, but I was very happy for the convenience of an all-inclusive. There were a couple of security folks on the trail, as well, which was a bonus, even though we felt very secure during our entire stay in Lake Atitlan. Our guide spoke Spanish, but it was the clearest, most gently-spoken Spanish and was able to understand about 80% of it with high-school Spanish plus his patience. LOVELY hike, great trail, through coffee bushes and corn, but physically VERY demanding -- which should come as no surprise. About 2-3 hours to the top from park entrance for my 19-year-old daughter. Be sure to take HIKING boots or TRAIL RUNNERs -- very muddy and slippery if it rains, small backpack for food (CARBS) and water -- Gatorade-type drink would be a plus, camera (with camera battery charged), clothing layers from t-shirt to one more layer plus wind shell / rain shell, bug repellent, zip-lock baggie or two to make sure things stay dry, bandana. Did not need sunglasses since were in the shade most of the time. The guides cut walking sticks for us and these were mandatory on the post-rain hike back down. Finally, believe everyone when they say you need to start as early as possible to increase the likelihood of it still being clear at the top when you get there (during green season / rainy season at least). The park is said to open at 7am, so would plan on starting not long after that. Like all adventure travel, knowing what to expect can really enhance the experience, since there isn't time to ascend a learning curve on something you're doing probably for the only time in your life. Buen viaje !

10  Thank HTMurgatroyd
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