Volcan Tajumulco

Hike to the highest point in Central America.

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Join us on our two day trek to the highest point in Central America: Volcan Tajumulco! At 4,220 meters tall, Tajumulco means “above the clouds” in the local Mayan language.
After a strenuous trek through montane pine forests to our base camp, this giant of the Guatemalan Highlands offers views galore. We’ll enjoy lunch and dinner at camp before going to bed early in preparation for the highlight of our trip.
We will awake in the earliest hours of Day 2 to begin the final ascent to the summit under the cover of dark. There, we will watch the night sky turn to dawn as the sun rises over the volcanic line of Guatemala. To see all that the summit has to offer, we will circumnavigate the volcano’s dormant crater during our descent to capture views of surrounding mountain ranges, nearby Mexico, and the Pacific Coast.
At the basecamp, we will have breakfast and prepare for our final climb down the mountain. After eating lunch at a small comedor at the bottom of the mountain, we will begin our trip back to Xela.
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.

**There is a mandatory pre-trip meeting at 5:00pm the evening prior to the trek’s departure. Here, you will meet your guides and fellow trekkers, borrow any gear you may need, receive communal gear, finalize payment, and more.**

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 Shoes; Hiking Clothes; Warm Clothing Layers*; Rain Jacket and/or Poncho; Sleeping Bag (at least 0C rating); Sleeping Mat; Hiking Backpack (60 – 70L); Sun Protection; Headlamp.

What is included

2 Breakfasts; 2 Lunches; 1 Dinner; Trail Snacks; Private Transportation; Guides; Gear

What’s not included

Transportation of personal luggage to meet you in San Pedro (Q100 per bag) OR return transport back to Xela (Q125); Ice Cream on Day 2; Additional Snacks or Alcohol; Coffee at La Voz Coffee Cooperative on Day 3.


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. Mules can be rented for an additional fee.

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.

What are you waiting for?

This giant of the Guatemalan Highlands offers views galore

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