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SocorroPerfect views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 3, 2009

Socorro

Up there a few nights to see many awesome eruptions.
Posted Oct 20, 2011 12:57 pm

owenelNice view of eruption  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 27, 2011
Fun climb. Witnessed an eruption of Santiaguito, which was very impressive. You can see all of the other volcanoes in Guatemala oriented in a straight line from the summit. I thought that was kind of amazing. There were mayans on the summit fully prostrated, performing rituals of worship. It is a very sacred place for them. Passed dozens of mayans on the way down. The climb is 1240 meters from the parking area in the nearby town to the summit. We did it in 3 hours, arriving at the summit around 8:30am. The pace was a bit difficult for me (my guide reached the top about 15 minutes ahead of me), but a great walk-up hike.
Posted Jul 4, 2011 10:38 pm

bighornmonkeygreat views of Santiaguito  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 27, 2011

bighornmonkey

Summited Volcan Santa Maria the same day we did Tajumulco.
We camped on the summit and had great views of active volcan Santiaguito below. 3 hours to summit from the village of Llano de Pinal (2 Quetzales -one way- by bus from Xela).
No security issue to report.
Posted Mar 7, 2011 11:30 am

BergrotLunar eclips  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 21, 2010

Bergrot

Climbed with quetzaltrekkers during a total lunar eclipse.
With acclimatization it is an easy 3-4 hours climb through the forrest. Started from Llano del Pinal at midnight and arrived 4am at the top.
Santiaguito was not as active as in the past, but some lava is visible on its top. Had a 2min outburst at night with some magma bubbling an a 1000m high ash cloud. Very fascinating to see this show under illumination of a full moon. Afterwards no further eruptions.
Had a great sunrise through the eruption fumes of Volcan Fuego in the East. Shadow of Santa Maria was pointing to the setting full moon.
Posted Dec 22, 2010 8:15 pm

Tim GeerlingsGreat Climb!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 22, 2010

Tim Geerlings

Very enjoyable climb... I would recommend a guide if you haven't climbed it before, or at the least make sure to read up, as there's one necessary turn that you probably wouldn't guess without someone who knows the trail. Nice day hike!
Posted May 25, 2010 6:38 pm

RazorRenA steep climb all the way  Sucess!

RazorRen

Whilst I successfully reached the summit of Volcan Santa Maria back in December 2006, I was very disappointed with the weather as the main reason for going up was to view the active Santiaguito Lava Dome from above.
Posted Mar 13, 2010 11:03 am

TrevorMarrsNo View  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2008

TrevorMarrs

Interesting climb though cloud cover prevented view!!
Posted Dec 23, 2008 5:53 am

BLongSanta Marica  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 2, 2008

BLong

One of my favorite climbs. Culture, views, and steep hiking all in a great trip. It can be done as a day trip or a great overnight trip. Get up top early to see Santiago erupting. I have climbed it 5 times.
Posted Oct 6, 2008 11:31 pm

mmcguiganAwesome  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 12, 2008

mmcguigan

Great climb up through beautiful pine forests. Guatemala recently did some significant trail improvements making the hike much more accessible. Views from the top are stunning when there are no clouds. Be prepared for lots of graffiti on the rocks.
Posted Apr 27, 2008 10:20 pm

BaarbWindy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 3, 2009

Baarb

Camped on the summit for some days in 2007 and 2009. Awesome views when it's not cloudy, with some nice incandescence at night. Sometimes there can be a strong and relentless wind, make sure you have a stable tent!
Posted Jan 28, 2007 7:36 pm

Fabrice.RimlingerCuidado  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2005

Fabrice.Rimlinger

Successfull climb... but I came down without my backpack ! Somebody stole it ! Great view over erupting santiaguito.
Posted Nov 17, 2006 9:46 pm

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