Aside from providing panoramic views of the entire region, Acatenango gives hikers a birds-eye-view of nearby and most active ‘Fuego’ Volcano which has been erupting on a near constant basis since colonial times.
Our Acatenango Overnight Hike is the best way to experience the volcano as it allows hikers to take in awe-inspiring nighttime views of flowing lava, as well as experience sunrise the following morning from Acatenango’s summit. Although demanding for even the most seasoned hiker, look no further than our Acatenango Overnight Hike. This is one overnight hike you’ll never forget!
Departure: 8 am on Day 1
Return: To Antigua Guatemala early afternoon ( ~1:00pm)
Casa Philipps in Antigua Guatemala
We’ll meet you to provide a pre-hike briefing during which we review the entire trip, what to pack and what to expect, as well as answer any last minute questions you might have.
Acatenango volcano (13,041 ft /3,976 m) overnight is the best experience that Guatemala offers to all climbers and hikers!
You will pass through the variety of ecosystems and environments. You will enjoy splendid views, especially on the neighboring active volcano Fuego. It can happen that during the evening Fuego will make a lava light show!
The 5,000ft / 1,525m ascent winds its way up through four distinct ecosystems, starting with a tapestry of fertile agricultural fields where local farmers harvest corn, flowers and snow peas. From there, the trail rises into old-growth tropical cloud forest that harbors a diversity of flora and fauna, and also provides hikers shade and comfort as they push up the steep slope.
Emerging from the cloud forest, hikers enter a sparse high-alpine forest that reveals views of six additional volcanoes, making it a great spot for a scenic trail lunch. Following lunch, hikers make the final push of the day and climb above the tree line into the fourth microclimate…a wind-swept and mystical volcanic terrain.
After setting up camp at 12,300ft / 3,750m, guests can relax and take in the sweeping views of the Valley.
Before being served a hot dinner followed by coffee, tea and marshmallows’mores over the campfire. The campsite looks directly over Fuego, and your evening is spent splitting time between gasping at volcanic eruptions and staring into a mesmerizing sky full of stars above.
After an early morning breakfast, hikers begin a 45-minute ascent up to Acatenango’s summit, a steep but rewarding climb through dwarf pine trees and gravel scree that leads to the top of the world. Once on the summit, guests will find 360-degree views of Fuego Volcano, the Antigua Valley and the distant Guatemalan highlands that stretch all the way to the border of Mexico.
After one-hour, we begin a descent back down the volcano…arriving to La Soledad and our awaiting transportation mid-day.