Hiking up Acatenango Volcano in photos

Antigua is a great base for exploring volcanoes and ruins. We went for a overnight hike with Ox Expeditions up Acatenango (with an optional extension to Fuego) and it was an amazing experience. While it’s not cheap ($89/person including lunch, dinner, and breakfast and camping gear), I felt taken care of and the porters and guides were really friendly. Note that the hike is strenuous and you may get altitude sickness so it’s important to go with a knowledgeable guide. 

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Fog and clouds accompanied us on our hike
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After the first hard section, you’re rewarded with some local coffee
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The view of Fuego volcano from our base camp
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Fuego was basically erupting the entire time we were there. The add-on hike goes to that ridge on the far right side of this picture
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Fuego bathed in light during golden hour
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the hike also includes marshmallows for smores and boxed wine
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sunrise hike to the summit of acatenango. it is SUPER cold and windy. dress appropriately!
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sliding down through sandy volcano fields is maybe the best part of the hike
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coming down is significantly faster than going up and you see calla lilies and cornfields everywhere

Logistics: you can take a shuttle from Guatemala airport to Antigua. No need to prebook if you’re not in a rush; just ask one of the men in blue vests at the arrivals terminal and they will direct you to the nearest shuttle to Antigua. It costs $12/person. We stayed at the Ox Base Camp since we had to wake up at 5am for our hike. It was fine, there’s hot water and breakfast and a nice terrace to sit on to look at Fuego volcano if it’s erupting and it costs $9/person/night.

Stay tuned for our recovery day of eating and coffee and wandering in Antigua…

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