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“San Pedro Volcano for the Middle-Aged”
Review of Volcan San Pedro

Volcan San Pedro
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San Pedro Volcano Hiking Tour from Panajachel in Guatemala
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Hiking to Volcano San Pedro on Lake Atitlan
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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 !

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Reviewed January 5, 2010

Two weeks ago in December 2009 a friend of mine overpaid at the kiosk located just above the dock to and from Panajachel. She paid them Q250 for a local tour guide up the volcano and found the guy pushy because he rushed her when she asked for a few breaks during the ascent. Later, during the trip back to San Pedro, the guide told her the taxi was Q50, when it should have been closer to Q10. Other tourists in December, 2009, said they paid about Q100 for a local guide up the volcano.
Also beware of taxis near the dock area. When I first arrived in Dec 2009, I paid Q35 for a ride to just past the tasty Phatburgers BBQ, a distance I later paid about Q5 for. The reason I rated this volcano only 3 stars is that if you are time restricted you should GO INSTEAD to Antigua and climb the volcano Pacaya. In fact, DO NOT MISS VOLCANO POCAYA in ANTIGUA.

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