Santiaguito crater lookout point

View point to see the active crater Santiaguito



 Steam and gases erupted by the crater of the Santiaguito volcano.

Description: Half day moderate hike to a lookout point where you can watch the active crater (Santiaguito) of the Santa Maria volcano located near the city of Quetzaltenango or Xela.

Classification: moderate demanding.

Altitude: 2,500 mts. (8,202 ft.) above sea level.

Duration: Half day.

Ascent: 2.0 hours up hill.

Departure: 5:30 am

Required equipment: hiking shoes, warm jacket and clothing, small backpack.

Best time to do this excursion:  from November to April when there's no rain. It's always cooler in the mountains.

Weather: normally the temperature is freezing in the evening, night and early morning.

Basic requirement: To be in good physical and mental conditioning, not to be sick.

Price: Contact us for prices and possible itineraries: or transport, guide and admission included

Minimun: 1 person

breathtaking views from the lookout point

  This crater is active every day.     A good opportunity to get beautiful photos. 

Similar to a lunar landscape.

In each tour, excursion or activity organized from our school is implicit the idea of leaving something worthy for everyone who works with us, we look for these different destinations where people have historically been disenfranchised, without the ability to claim their rights, but seeks to survive, stay, we go there and there support, without make cheap tourism to pay the right price.


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