Trek to the summit of the highest point along Lake Atitlán and be rewarded with remarkable panoramas of breathtaking mountainous landscapes.
Atitlán Volcano (Volcán de Atitlán) is an 11,598-foot-tall (3,535-meter) volcano that rises above the southern shores of Lake Atitlán. Marvel at the colossal beauty of Atitlán Volcano from lakeside towns and boats crossing the lake. Climb to the volcano’s summit for magnificent views of the Guatemalan highlands. Camp overnight and wake up to a memorable sunrise.
The dormant stratovolcano has experienced several recorded eruptions since the 15th century. The last documented activity was in 1853. Travel through its woodland, thick vegetation and arid, rocky regions.
One of the most popular ways to experience the volcano is to join a guided hike to its peak. Tours begin at the lakeside town of San Lucas Tolimán and may include overnight camping. Make your way up in about 7 hours, passing through a cloud forest, cornfields and coffee plantations. The final section, which takes you to the tallest point, is rocky.
Bring your camera for the endless opportunities to snap envy-inducing shots. Look down on the glistening waters of Lake Atitlán and gaze across the undulating countryside. Spot the lake’s other volcanoes: San Pedro Volcano and Tolimán Volcano. Late in the evening and again in the morning you’ll get the chance to watch the sun paint the sky in shades of orange, pink, red and yellow.
For an alternative view of the volcano, board a taxi boat at one of the lakefront towns. See the three volcanoes together in your line of sight beyond the lake. The shoreline of Panajachel is a great vantage point for viewing the entire lake and volcano chain.
Drive to the region in less than 3 hours from Antigua or Guatemala City. Public buses connect the destinations. San Lucas Tolimán is the starting point for hikes, although tour transfers also operate from Panajachel and San Pedro de Laguna. Most tours will include an English-speaking guide, camping equipment and food. Enjoy the pleasant climate year-round in the region around Atitlán Volcano and Lake Atitlán.