Started at 6 am to climb Tacaná solo from Talquian through "La Línea". It's a beautiful climb, easy to follow (especially with maps.me), and there are many campsites on the way. I would definitely recommend to do this in two days. I hadn't climbed anything for a half a year, and I had been living in sea level, so I think I was never as exhausted as when coming down from the hill. The whole trip up and down took me 13 hours - and in the end my feet were hurting so much I could barely walk, which slowed it down. It's almost 2000 meters up hill, and then the same down hill, all the way pretty steep. As a two-day trip I could imagine this very pleasant, with beautiful pine forest, very wild views to all directions without any civilization very close. On the Mexican side there are a couple of small cute villages with very friendly people. Some of them invited me to their house to sit and chat for a while (which also made the trip longer).
In Talquian the president of ecotourism is called José and he is extremely friendly and helpful. He wasn't going to charge me so I just insisted on paying for staying there for two nights - he even gave me food and valuable tips. He claims to do the up-and-down trip in 8 hours, so that's a time you could consider if you are in top-shape.
I spent a month climbing volcanoes. This is a very remote peak and the town of Sibinal is pretty neat. Other peaks I bagged on this trip include...
Volcán La Malinche, Cofre de Perote, Pico de Orizaba (country highpoint, 3rd highest in North America), Volcán Iztaccíhuatl, Pico de Aguila, Nevado de Toluca, Cerro de Ombugo, Pico de Humboldt, Nevado de Colima, Cerro Tancitaro
Volcán Pacaya, Volcán Tajumulco (country highpoint, 24th most prominent peak on earth), Volcán Concepción, Cerro Chemal "La Torre", Cerro Chemal "Cerro los Cuervos", Montañas Peña Blanca, Volcán Santa María, Volcán Atitlán, Volcán Acatenango
Volcán Poás, Volcán Barva, Volcán Irazú, Cerro Chirripó (country highpoint, 36th most prominent on earth), Cerro Piramide, Cerro Terbi, Cerro Buenavista
Trip report with photos and video
Climbed from Guatemala (started in Sibinal as I don't have a car), got rather lost on the way down which made for a very long day, not finishing till around 8pm. Absolutely loved the pine forests an hour or so beneath the summit. Trip report to come.
A great Volcano. I have climbed it twice, and in both instances slept in the crater to rise early the next morning summit for the sunrise! I love seeing the nighttime between Guatemala and Mexico. Guatemala has very few lights and Mexico is lit up like a switchboard.
We really enjoyed this climb. There is now a "road" that can take you to the base of the volcano saving you the climb over the ridge and the decent into the valley before you reach Tacana.
My 11 year old son, Konrad, and I successfully climbed the Volcan Tacana during the the three days before Christmas, 2005, leaving from Chiquihuite. Outstanding trek. See our detailed trip report for more details.
I don´t usually bother signing summit logs if I don´t make the summit but I think I have more info for any one interested in doing this from Sibinal, email me. I then walked into Mexico using Scott´s route down to Union Juarez, interesting, but tough day. Hopefully I will get around to posting a trip report soon.
See TR here, but Guatemala Volcanoes are not covered in detail, yet.
Beautiful mountain, wonderful views...
During this trip we were guided by a good friend Samyra Horita and her mom Morayma.
Climbers: Samyra Horita, Gloria Colunga, Daniela Vierk, Cynthia, Oscar Araujo, Luis L. Zamora (Fugaz), and myself (Alex Esquivel).