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Tajumulco Volcano

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LaurenBagwell wrote a review Mar 2020
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala60 contributions40 helpful votes
Keep in mind this hike is a doozy for anyone not yet acclimated to the altitude. It's not something I would recommend anyone doing their first weekend in Xela. However, if you do choose to go early in your trip, don't be a hero. Take your time and bring plenty of water (We each hiked up with about 5-6 litters a person). While you can do this hike solo, I signed up with a group of friends to hike Tajumulco through Quetzaltrekkers. On day 1 we hiked about 4 hours to base camp where we set up camp, had lunch, and set up our tents. That evening we hiked to the top of Cerro Concepción and watched the sunset. It was unbelievable. We went to bed early and woke up about 4 am to hike to the summit of Tajumulco at sunrise. If you want to see the sunrise from the summit, keep in mind you will be doing all of your hiking in the dark. (I would recommend that everyone has a headlamp rather than a flashlight so that you can have your hands free for some of the steeper parts). You also need to keep in mind that it'll be pretty windy and cold at the top. Our group packed our sleeping bags and sleeping mats in our backpacks so stay warm as we watched the sunrise. Best decision we made of the trip! Quetzaltrekkers provided all the camping supplies, food prep, and clothing for anyone that needed, it free of charge. The guides were fantastic and the organization was solid. If I were to do this hike again, I would for sure go through them.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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theflyingwineman wrote a review Apr 2019
Cartmel, United Kingdom162 contributions25 helpful votes
Day 2 in Xela and. Volcano no2 Again I used monte verde for a day hike recommended !! DO NOT do a 2 day hike and camp on the mountain it is absolutely pointless And totally bad news for the environment The hike involves an early start 4.30 am from Xela with 3 hours on a chicken bus to the trail head with a change in San Marco the hike in total is exactly 14km ascent 3 decent 2 hours (52year old) it is a relatively easy hike a bit off huffing and puffing Due to altitude but just take your time . As we where halfway back down we chuckled at the the group coming up to camp carrying very heavy back packs ( for the time it takes up and down forget it !) I was back in Xela for 5pm having a beer ! Once you get to the saddle where there is a dirty camping area it is only a relatively simple jaunt to the top ...with the stations of the cross to help you along !
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Natalia D wrote a review Oct 2018
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I went with Romeo from Xela Adventure and can highly recommend. We left Xela at around 11pm, started hiking at 2am and arrived just in time for sunrise by 6am. I would say you need some fitness and to have acclimatized - I had been in Xela for a few days and still got really sick. Not gonna lie, the nausea is real! It got to the point where every step was a struggle, but not everyone gets it and I am soooo happy I pushed on as the reward at the top is beyond words. Was one of my happiest moments. Romeo was a great guide, calm and kind so try and get him. Be prepared for a bone biting chill - gloves and layers and layers and hat vital. It is absolutely worth the effort
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Date of experience: September 2018
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GlobeTrotting512640 wrote a review Aug 2018
New York City, New York3 contributions10 helpful votes
This report will be useful if you are planning to summit Volcan Tajumulco solo. It was part of an incredible five-day hiking trip from New York in May. I arrived into Guatemala City on the 1pm flight from Miami and took a taxi (70Q) to Fuente El Norte Bus Station. The coach left at 4.30 and arrived in Xela around 8.30pm. I took a taxi (30Q) to my hostel, Casa El Calibri (30Q). You could probably walk but it was dark and I didn't want to risk it. The hostel is very quiet and basic but has a really helpful owner and speedy wifi. I had dinner (15Q) at an amazing family run cafeteria around the corner. If you are looking for something more happening, I hear Casa El Kiwi has a bar and a rooftop. I got up at 6am to take a 10 minute microbus (5Q) to La Terminal and then another 1 hour microbus to Laguna Chicabal (10Q). Although not the most spectacular of volcanos in the area, I chose Laguna Chicabal because it was on the way to Volcan Tajumulco and would help me get my hiking legs going. The entrance fee is 50Q for international visitors and should take around 2 hours from the trailhead to the top - but you should also leave time to visit the lake at the bottom of the crater. It's sacred to Mam-Mayans and you may see flower altars around the circumference of the lake. I recommend starting all hikes in Guatemala as early as possible. Although days generally start clear, clouds tend to roll in around 9.30/10.30am during the rainy season (I was hiking at the end of May). I made it up just in time. I then took two microbuses to San Marcos (10Q) and then a Chicken Bus (an old American school bus) from San Marcos to Tajumulco. It's probably better to stock up on supplies in San Marcos as Tajumulco is pretty rural. I stayed at Hotel Villa Real (50Q) because it's at the start of the trailhead. It's also conveniently right next to where the chicken bus stops. There's a restaurant across the road but be warned - no Wifi in either place! The hotel is basic but has hot showers and a super friendly owner. You also can't get closer to the trailhead if you tried! There are tour groups who do the hike in two days, but I decided to go solo and summit in one day because I didn't fancy carrying heavy bags or camping overnight - especially during rainy season. That said, going with a tour group helps you get used to the altitude and you get to summit for sunrise. I had already acclimatised and saw the sunrise at the bottom of the ascent (which is already very high up) - so was happy to take the trade off! It was nice to set-off at 6am in the company another hiker who had the same idea as me. The ascent is pretty straight forward - just follow the various orange, blue and white signs until you see 14 white crosses which will lead you to the summit. We were accompanied by a friendly dog all the way. The views are spectacular. I'm relatively fit and summited in three hours but my speedy hiking partner managed it in two! We got back down by 11.30am (we spent quite a bit of time enjoying the views at the top!) and caught a 1pm chicken bus back to San Marcos (5Q) then another to Xela (5Q). We were back by 4pm and checked out the local market before dinner. The next day I soaked my weary muscles at the hot springs (25Q) in nearby Almolonga. It's a 45 min chicken bus ride (5Q) from Xela towards Zunil. There's lots of 'banos' to choose from but they are all pretty much the same. I went for Banos El Recreo. It's super basic but you have your own room and could probably sneak in a few beers and candles if you were feeling fancy (I was happy with my podcast)! I could have opted for Fuentas Georginas - which is more tourist friendly - but it was another 10km away and only accessible by taxi (40Q) each way - then 60Q entrance fee. All I wanted was to soak in some hot water so basic was fine for me! I got the 14.30 Fuentes El Norte coach back to Guatemala City (there's also a quicker 2am option) ready for my flight the next day. Stayed at Hostel Theatre International because it's down the road from the Fuentes El Norte Terminal. Really good vibes here with a sociable courtyard and hot tub. All in all, a great trip! Hope this is useful!
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Date of experience: May 2018
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Gina43 wrote a review Apr 2017
Grapevine, Texas37 contributions6 helpful votes
Long walk BUT very worth it. I believe it's about a 4 hour hike to the top. Lake Atitlan is so beautiful. One of my favorite places.
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Date of experience: March 2017
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