Volcán Santa Maria

Conquer Xela’s most famous stratovolcano

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Climb high above the Xela Valley to the summit of Volcán Santa Maria. Standing at 3,772m, this striking stratovolcano offers spectacular views of the unique volcanic landscapes of the Guatemalan Highlands. 

Below the summit of Santa Maria sits Santiaguito, one of Guatemala’s most active and frequently erupting volcanoes. If we’re lucky, our steep hike through the volcano’s covering pine forest may be rewarded by an eruption from Santiaguito during lunch! 

This trek is a great option for those who are looking for a single-day hiking adventure that still provides a challenge, and who are interested in learning more about the history of Santa Maria ad its impact on this region of Guatemala. 

Please contact if you have any questions or aren’t sure if this hike is right for you! 

**Please note that this trek must be booked with a paid deposit by 11am the day before departure. All requests to book made after this time are not guaranteed and will incur a 50Q late fee. Day hikes run pending guide availability.**

Travel Details

Departure Time & Location

Quetzaltrekkers Office, Xela (Located inside of the Casa Argentina hostel)

Arrival Time & Location

Restaurante El Fondeadero (San Pedro La Laguna, Lake Atitlan)

What to bring

Hiking Clothes, Fleece, Rain Jacket, Sun Protection, Daypack

What is included

What’s not included

Additional Snacks or Alcohol; Souvenirs.


Frequently asked questions

Where do we sleep?

We sleep in tents at the base camp (4,000m). Tents are carried by the group.

What do we carry?

You will be expected to carry everything in the “what to bring” list above, as well as any other personal items you may elect to bring. There are no porter services for this trek.

Can I store person luggage not needed for the trek in Xela?

Yes, we have a secure, locked room in which you may store your luggage.

I am vegetarian / vegan / lactose intolerant etc..

We accommodate dietary restrictions. All trek food is vegetarian and has vegan substitutes; all restaurants offer meals that meet most dietary requirements.

Please fill out the “dietary requirements” section while booking with any information about food allergies or intolerances we should be aware of.

How do I sign up?

By paying a Q100/person deposit, on this webpage or in our office, before 11:00am the day prior to the trek. The remaining balance is due by cash or card at the pre-trek meeting.

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