5 Reasons Why You Should Hike Guatemala’s Volcan Tajumulco

Wake up above the clouds.

By: Brittany Stopa
March 18, 2016

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I want to tell you about a volcano you’ve probably never heard of, but you absolutely must go visit! It’s Volcan Tajumulco in Guatemala, and it was my favorite hike I’ve ever taken. Here are the 5 reasons you should go:

Climb Volcano Volcán Tajumulco | Photo: Garrett Gossett

1. It’s the highest peak in Central America!

Thanks to its location at the intersection of tectonic plates, Central America has a string of volcanoes extending through Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. Some of these peaks are open to hikers, though some are still actively erupting! The tallest among them is Volcan Tajumulco in Guatemala, which reaches 4220m at its summit. From the top of this dormant volcano you have an awesome vantage point! You can see above the clouds to the other peaks in the distance, and it’s a view you do not want to miss.

2. You can’t beat these sunrise views.

Really the only way to do this volcano justice is to take it as a two-day hike, so you can see the sunrise from the summit. To do this, you hike up to base camp on day 1. Then you wake up at 3 or 4 in the morning to hike the rest of the way to the summit in the dark before the sun rises. A secret of the experts is to bring your sleeping bag with you so you’re comfortable watching Mother Nature’s magnificent performance.

Climb Volcano Volcán Tajumulco | Photo: Garrett Gossett

3. It’s cheap.

The path here isn’t marked very well, so I would definitely recommend going with a guide. But even that won’t break the bank. Most hikes with a guide can get pricey, but Guatemala is a developing country so everything is really cheap. For a great hike with stunning views, costing next to nothing, Volcan Tajumulco is the way to go.

4. The flora is incredible.

There are some beautiful flowers and plants to see along the hike. And there are also some crazy-looking mushrooms that you’ll spot beside the paths. The bonus is that there are no dangerous animals living in this region, so you can hike safely and without worry!

5. It’s one of Guatemala’s top attractions.

Any trip to Guatemala should definitely include a hike up Volcan Tajumulco, as it’s one of the top attractions for tourists that are visiting. And then there are lots of other great things to see in this totally underrated destination! See more here about why you should visit Guatemala and what places you’ve got to see when you’re there.

Climb Volcano Volcán Tajumulco | Photo: Garrett Gossett

Cover photo: Garrett Gossett

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