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Acatenango, Antigua, Guatemala

The basics

To ensure your safety, the steep slopes of Acatenango are best summited with a guide. Tours usually depart from Antigua and typically include pickup and lunch. While the climb can be completed in a day, overnight tours let you watch the sunset and see lava explosions from adjoining Fuego from a mountain campsite. For a less physically challenging option, choose a tour with 4WD transport part of the way up, which shortens the hiking time.

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Overnight Volcano Acatenango Hiking Adventure
Overnight Volcano Acatenango Hiking Adventure
$90.00 per adult
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The experience was the...
The experience was the best with this company! The guides were so kind, really knew what they were doing and made us feel very safe. As there were multiple tourguides they was one for every tempo. The food was good as well. They also borrowed us some clothes.
Floor_F, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Antigua

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Awesome!
Melissa_K, Mar 2022
Acatenango Overnight
I enjoyed my trip with OX. They’re very organized and provided a majority of things we needed (bag, sleeping bag, mat, warm clothing, food). The guides are well knowledgeable. I highly recommend this company if you’re considering hiking Acatenango overnight
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Excellent Touer Guides - Lucas and Henry
Sean_W, Jun 2022
Overnight Volcano Acatenango Hiking Adventure
The tour guides - Lucas and Henry - were excellent. Both were supportive (important for this strenuous hike), patient and encouraging. The hike was VERY STRENUOUS for me and Henry stuck with me throughout - going up and down. Without Henry's support I probably could not have made it to the basecamp as (to repeat) the hike is VERY DIFFICULT!
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Volcano go boom
FRANK_K, May 2022
Overnight Volcano Acatenango Hiking Adventure
This was a life changing experience not to be missed. We had such a fantastic time and couldn't recommend this company more. In particular, we have to mention our awesome tour guide Henry who made our time extra special. Incredible views and great chats around the campfire. The volcano far exceeded all expectations its a force of nature.
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Life changing
Carolin_V, May 2022
Acatenango Overnight
This was a life changing experience. I must thank Roland for helping me and not letting me give up. I wouldn’t have done it without his encouragement. The meals provided were yummy!! I recommend this company!
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Memorable experience on Acantenango
Andrew_A, May 2022
Overnight Volcano Acatenango Hiking Adventure
We LOVED this experience & our guide, Henry, made it memorable. We had 5 people in our group who we became close with. The hike was definitely difficult, but the view of the summit made it worth it. Henry was not only our guide, but our storyteller, personal cook, motivator, hiking stick collector, and amigo! We completely recommend this experience.
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This was an amazing...
Molly_C, Apr 2022
Overnight Volcano Acatenango Hiking Adventure
This was an amazing experience. We had a brilliant guide and had the best time. My friend rarely does big hikes and she did so well and enjoyed herself so much. 10/10 would recommend this experience for everyone
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Amazing experience!
Dominika_L, Feb 2022
Acatenango Overnight
It was very challenging overnight hike but all in all we really enjoyed it. All the guides were very kind and made the trip funny and unforgettable. Thanks so much for the amazing experience! ;)
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Very nice trip with...
Manfred_H, Apr 2022
Overnight Volcano Acatenango Hiking Adventure
Very nice trip with friendly and engaged tour guide. Very small group. Hiked far away from the „mass“ tourism.
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Impressiv
Manuel_W, Dec 2021
Acatenango Overnight
Great Guides! Everything almost untopable. The Group were 34 People. Ob the way there was a little stock. But ok.
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Once in a lifetime experience!
Sonia_J, Apr 2022
Overnight Volcano Acatenango Hiking Adventure
One of the strenuous and hard hike i have done but worth it for the views up there. Our guide Lucas was seriously the absolute best. He is so kind, patient and so knowledgable about Guatemala. Amazing hike!!!
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Ox expeditions - Catenango Overnight 19th March 2022 Rating 10 / 10 Very professional guides, very friendly and suppo
RICHARD_H, Mar 2022
Acatenango Overnight
Ox expeditions - Catenango Overnight 19th March 2022 Rating 10 / 10 Very professional guides, very friendly and supportive Lots of extra kit( jackets, fleeces, hats gloves etc) available at no extra charge. Plenty of breaks during hike. Base camp very well set up with tents facing Volcan Fuego. Toilet very much appreciated. Seating area and shelter great for eating and socialising. Loved being around the camp fire. The hiking was the most challenging I've ever done and the buzz from getting up to the summit and then seeing sunrise followed by an eruption from Fuego was the icing and cherry on the cake. I would recommend Ox expeditions to anybody wanting an awesome experience in Guatemala. Kind regards Richard Harris
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Expierence of a lifetime
Athina_K, Jan 2022
Overnight Volcano Acatenango Hiking Adventure
Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! The hiking is difficult but doable! The views from the top incredible!! About the agency and our tour guy, Delvin, have no comments. Very polite and professional people. Their camp has a roof and it is protected from the rain, cold and wind. The food was tasty and more than enough. Highly recommend them!!! <3
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Things to know before you go

  • Overnight tours usually include meals and transport, though you’ll generally have to pay the entrance fee to the park yourself.
  • The hike up Acatenango is strenuous, and should only be attempted with a good fitness level. 
  • Temperatures drop near the top, especially at night, so pack warm gear including a quality sleeping bag. 
  • Check whether your tour includes a porter; otherwise pack light and be prepared to carry your own bag.
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How to get there

The trailhead begins at the village of La Soledad, about an hour in the car from Antigua. Buses from Antigua are few and far between, and often require transfers, which makes it significantly easier to come as part of a tour. 

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When to get there

The best time to climb is during the dry season between late November and early April. Though it can still be climbed during the rainy season, tours may be cancelled for safety reasons.

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What to Expect on the Hike

Hiking up to the summit of Acatenango takes about 4-5 hours. The trail begins with a steep ascent through the farm-dotted foothills, then leads into a high alpine forest. The final stretch leads beyond the treeline and up volcanic scree, from where there are far-reaching views of neighboring peaks.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Acatenango?
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