Volcan Santa Maria

Conquer Xela’s most famous stratovolcano

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Climb high above the Xela Valley to the summit of Volcan Santa Maria. Standing at 3,772 meters, this striking stratovolcano offers views of the surrounding Highlands and Guatemala’s famous volcanic line in both directions.
Below sits Santiaguito: one of Guatemala’s most actively erupting volcanoes and Santa Maria’s current vent complex. If we’re lucky, our steep hike through the volcanoes covering pine forest may be rewarded by an eruption from Santiaguito during lunch! If you are looking for a hiking adventure to fill your day and interested in learning about its impactful eruptive history, climbing this volcano is certainly a great option.
Please be advised that this is a steep hike, so individuals with knee problems may find it very difficult. Please reach out to us with any questions, or, consider our half-day hike to the Santiaguito Mirador.
Please note that this trek must be booked with a paid deposit by 11am the day prior to departure. All requests to book made after this time are not guaranteed and will incur a Q50 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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