Hike through coffee plantations and thick orchards to the summit of this dormant volcano, which towers above the western shores of Lake Atitlán.
Enjoy a hike though lush scenery to the top of 9,908-feet (3,020-meter) tall San Pedro Volcano. This inactive volcano rises up over San Pedro La Laguna, a town on the western bank of Lake Atitlán. Admire the breathtaking views of the lake’s glistening water, encompassing mountains and waterfront villages.
The walk to the summit is challenging, although you don’t need to be an expert climber. Choose to hike independently or hire an experienced guide in town. Guides will point out the trails and provide insightful information about the volcano’s vegetation.
As you climb, take a moment to note as the foliage changes from corn fields to coffee plantations and avocado orchards. The nutrients of the volcano’s soil make it an ideal place for locals to grow crops. Walk through areas of pine forests and verdant jungle, where huge vines dangle from tall trees. Marvel at the way trees cling to the volcano’s steep slopes. Keep an eye out for exotic flowers and wild mushrooms.
Once at the summit you are rewarded with uninterrupted views of Lake Atitlán and its immediate surroundings. Gaze in awe at the placid emerald-green water and watch boats cruise between the shores. Peer down over the rooftops of San Pedro La Laguna and distant Mayan villages such as Panajachel. Have your camera ready to snap postcard-perfect shots of rolling mountains, often partly hidden by clouds.
It’s a full-day hike to the summit of San Pedro Volcano and back to San Pedro La Laguna. Guides are available to hire at reasonable rates in the town. There’s a fee to access the trails, which is sometimes included in the price of the guide. If hiking alone then you’ll need to pay the fee upon entrance.
San Pedro La Laguna’s consistently mild climate makes it possible to climb the volcano year-round. Remember to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a jacket; temperatures can drop dramatically at the summit. There’re no shops along the trails so purchase food and water in town.