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DanacondaGreat experience  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 28, 2013
We started our ascent late at 12:30pm thanks to my hungover friend.
We took a taxi from the market in Antigua to the cemetary in Santa Maria de Jesus for 90q. Once you get past the cemetary you will begin to see blue signs directing you to the summit or just follow the trail of litter to the top. I reached the summit by 4:30pm and spent an hour enjoying the views and watching Volcan de Fuego burp up some ash. There is also a small store at the top amidst the shacks and communication towers selling canned juice, water, gatorade and junkfood. I met a few comm tower workers who were concerned about me descending in the dark and were willing to offer me shelter in a small bunkhouse. I began my descent with views of de Agua's shadow casting over Guate city. I descended in the dark from 1/4 of the way down and arrived back in Santa Maria de Jesus by 7:30pm. I took an unmarked shuttle back to Antigua for 4q. We did not use a guide and every tour agency said it was too dangerous from robberies.
IMPORTANT TIPS:
-carry a machete in plain sight.
-Take a taxi directly to the cemetery(trailhead). If you walk through the town the locals will tip robbers that hikers are coming and to set up an ambush on the trail.
Posted Feb 23, 2013 9:05 am

BergrotTraverse with great night views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 8, 2012

Bergrot

Due to notorious crimes on Agua I chose for a tour from Guatemala city including security guards from INGUAT Antigua. Including longer breaks we climbed it in the night from Santa Maria de Jesus within 5hrs. Had fantastic views of the illuminatd capital and all the towns and villages around. From the summit one has a perfect view on the capital and all the volcanoes from El Salvador to Tajumulco, to the Cuchumatanes and many other ranges. It´s a pity that so much garbagge is polluting that mountain. It´s especially a shame for the stations of INSIVUMEH which just dump everything down the slope.
We descented on the west side down from the highest point of the crater rim. In the cloud forest even with guides we got lost for a while in the dense bushes. Finally, we arrived in the early afternoon in the town of Alotenango. The rest of the group finished the Trilogy while I had other plans.

Altogether: Agua could be a fantastic hike and a main tourist attraction for Guatemala if it would be safe and clean. Come on Guatemala - change it.
Posted Dec 26, 2012 1:19 pm

RazorRenNever did make the top

RazorRen

When I first went to Guatemala in 2005 we attempted an ascent of Volcan Agua but had to abandon it due to weather and the locals warning us that there were thieves with machetes. Then we tried again in 2006 and this time I got alot further whilst the others decided to call it a day halfway up. Apparently, I was only an hour away from the summit but had to abandon my ascent due to time and feeling very thirsty.
Posted Mar 13, 2010 10:57 am

ChristianRodriguezRe: Agua

ChristianRodriguez

Hi, TRIPLE is Acatenango-Fuego and Back to Acatenango, while AGUA-FUEGO-ACATENANGO is call it TRILOGY. Trilogy is really long and hard trip, last time I was made it in 35 hours, sleeping just 5 hours in all the trip.
Posted Oct 21, 2008 10:32 am

BLongAgua  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2005

BLong

I have climbed Agua three times. One was on a failed attempt to climb the triple in one day (Agua, Fuego and Acatenango). The backside of Agua stumped us as we lost the trail and got stuck in thick brush for 4 hours. It is a fun climb but dirty, dangerous, and as stated full of cell phone towers.
Posted Oct 6, 2008 11:28 pm

ChristianRodriguezeasy climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 1, 1999

ChristianRodriguez

Easy climb, I am agreed with Mmcquigan, a lot of towers on top and a lot of people too.
Posted Sep 10, 2008 2:07 pm

mmcguiganFun volcano to climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 17, 2007

mmcguigan

Nice climb. Steep in some sections. A little disappointed with all the towers on the rim.
Posted May 11, 2008 11:53 pm

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