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highpointaFrom Soledad  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 2, 2011
Climbed this one guided & protected by the lovely folks from OX Expeditions based in Antigua. Watching neighbouring volcano Fuego at work from the safe distance of Acatenango's upper slopes was the proverbial blast.
Posted Jun 19, 2013 12:32 am

BritaGreat Volcano View  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 10, 2012

Brita

We started at sunrise with a group of 9, including a guide and security. The initial push is straight up so we had two of our group decide to turn around after only half a mile. The rest of us made it all the way to the summit. It was cloudy the whole way up and we were worried that there wouldn't be much of a view from the top. Right as we were getting to the top the clouds started to open up and we would cheer every time we got a glimpse of Vulcan Agua or the valley down below. Then we came around to where you can see Fuego and we sat and watched it erupt for awhile. That was amazing!! There was one eruption where you could see black chunks of lava flying along with the smoke. It was a tough hike and took our group just over 8 hours. Definitely worth it.
Posted Apr 15, 2012 8:47 pm

bighornmonkeyReally cold at the summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 6, 2011

bighornmonkey

We started the ascent from the village of Soledad. We went straight up (instead of making one LEFT turn through the corn field). It made the next 1,000 ft pretty tough but eventually connected with the official trail. The views and erruptions on Fuego were amazing.
We descended via the official trail which made it easier.
No security issues for our party of two.

FYI: there are 3 buses a day that pass through the little village of El Lugar de la Soledad (headed for Antigua). Buses pass through Soledad at 6am, 7am, and 1pm.
Posted Mar 7, 2011 11:15 am

BergrotBest volcano ever  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 11, 2010

Bergrot

Climbed Acatenango with a guided tour and security guard organized from Antigua. In the moment, the bandits have been banished by locals. But it's probably safer to still go with a tour and it's also not that expensive.
The whole climb is really worth all the effort. With a very heterogeneous group we needed 9 hours for the climb. We camped over night in the summit crater and saw sunset and sunrise. The view is stunning: from Tajumulco in the west to the volcanoes in the east close to El Salvador and Honduras. In the night, you see the lights of Antigua, Chimaltenango, Guatemala and dozens of small villages.
As a top bonus you have Volcan Fuego directly in front erupting at least hourly with fumes and ash. No short trip to a volcano can be better.
Highly recommended!

Climbed it again in 2012 just a day before Xmas. Even a day hike is worth it. We had fantastic views of all the Guatemalan volcanoes + Cuchumatanes + Pacific Ocean.
Considering the view it is my absolute favorite in Guatemala.
Posted Dec 17, 2010 1:12 pm

BLongAnother great Volcano in Guatemala   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 17, 2007

BLong

I have climbed Acatenango several times. As StickT states, it is extremely dangerous, especially on the weekends. In fact, a bad experience on Acatenango stopped my attempt to climb all of Guatemala's volcanoes. Unfortunately, we were robbed at gun point early one Saturday morning in Nov, 2007. I have no idea what the security situation has been on the volcano in the past year.
Posted Sep 9, 2009 12:13 am

StickTCheck Security Situation
Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2009
Acatenangos main route is very Dangerous at the moment. Take a Police escort or find a different route until they get rid of the bandits. Our police guards were shot (by coincendence as they ran into the bandits who had chased us after seeing them escort a sick member down) and multiple unescorted groups have been robbed and raped recently. Same goes for Agua, however Pacaya is fine.
Posted Aug 9, 2009 10:32 pm

ChristianRodriguezMy favorite

ChristianRodriguez

Maybe is my favorite volcano from Guatemala, I was climbed this volcano at least 100 times, and every one was really nice experiences. A curious tip: every 6 or 8 years is covered with snow, very rare in central american areas.
Posted Jan 22, 2009 1:08 pm

mountainmattFuego Blowin up  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 23, 2004

mountainmatt

What a great day. The clouds were amazing and Fuego was raging!!
Posted Dec 14, 2008 7:31 pm

mmcguiganStunning  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 11, 2007

mmcguigan

One of the most beautiful places in Guatemala!
Posted Dec 10, 2008 11:04 pm

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