Volcan de Agua

Elevation (feet): 12,336
Elevation (meters): 3,760
Continent: North America
Country: Guatemala
Range/Region: Guatemala Ranges
Latitude: 14.465
Longitude: -90.743056
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Apr
Nearest major airport: Guatemala City
Convenient Center: Antigua Guatemala

Thanks to Petr Vondracek and Terrill Thompson for contributing to these details. (View history)

Volcan de Agua is a perfectly shaped conical volcano which dominates above a beautiful ancient town of Antigua, Guatemala. It is a holocene stratovolcano that has not erupted in historic time. The
elevation difference from Antigua is more than 2100 metres. The summit crater can be
reached in 4-5 hour walk up the steep slope from the Maya village of Santa Maria de Jesus.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 22 trip reports for Volcan de Agua.

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  • Log #21920 - by Christian Rodriguez on Feb 18, 2010
    Beautiful hike but dissapointing summit with lots of antenas.
  • Log #18798 - by Geoff Holmes on Oct 20, 2005
    Hiked from Santa Maria de Jesus to the crater in 3.5 hours. Cloudy and misty at the top, summited with friends Mariah and Troy. Were mugged by a machete weilding local on the way down... dont take...
  • Log #9643 - by Adam Hoverter on Aug 25, 2004
    Volcan Agua was a pretty tough hike. I would rate it in the top 3 hardest hikes I've done. It took about 6 hours up and three down. I went on a cloudy day and visibility in the crater was no more...
  • Log #9644 - by Jorge Van der Straten on Aug 24, 2004
    In Guatemala I climbed three volcanoes this year: The Pacaya, which isn't to hard. Only the last half our there is quite a lot of loose gravel which makes you slide down half a meter for every meter...
  • Log #9645 - by B. McNeece on May 27, 2004
    Many people recommended that my 15-year-old son and I talk to the police in St. Ma. de Jesus about a guide. They roused officer Juan from his bed. He was a very serious and capable guide.
  • Log #9646 - by Christiane B on May 07, 2004
    Have to admit - one of the hardest physical things I've ever done. But at least I can say I made it to the top. Definitely take a guide, and don't let the white crosses of those who've died on the...
  • Log #9647 - by Carlos Flores on Apr 26, 2004
    WOW i like this so much i am only 17 years old and i think it has been one of the most cool thinkgs i have done even thoguht i did not make it to the top but i only had like 10 more min. to go but i...
  • Log #9648 - by Kay Rodgers on Jan 31, 2004
    DO IT!! For the average person it will probably be one of the hardest things you will ever do... but it's bloody worth it when you get to the top and see the world beneath you!! DO IT...DO IT...DO...
  • Log #9649 - by ST Polovick on Dec 12, 2003
    Been up Agua may times, but the last might have been the last --- got robbed by guns and machates at about 7k feet. My 4th time getting robbed down there, first on the volcano, and worst part is had...
  • Log #9650 - by Joel Fyke on Dec 08, 2003
    The views are absolutely beautiful from the top of this 12,700 foot volcano. The hike should take you anywhere from 3.5-6 hours depending on rest stops and unexpected sprains, etc though my guide...
  • Log #9651 - by Brian Gentry on Nov 05, 2003
    Easy to climb from Santa Maria de Jésus, the village at the foot of the volcano (there is a 6 am bus from Antigua). The path start at the right side from the cemetery. Local officials expect you to...
  • Log #9652 - by 29Palms on Oct 04, 2003
    I was in Nicaragua and I climbed Mombacho volcano. I think you guys are total MASAQUISTE! I about died climbing Mombacho. The height was about just under 5000 feet. It took me about 4 hours to climb...
  • Log #9653 - by RICKY LORENZANA on Aug 22, 2003
    En realidad la vista desde el crater de este majestuoso volcan es ESPLÉNDIDA!!!! Yo estudié en el INVAL de La Antigua Guatemala y en varias oportunidades tuve la dicha de escalarlo.... Recomiendo a...
  • Log #9654 - by Don Gonneville on Nov 21, 2002
    A nice hike, best done in the dry season and/or early in the morning. If you're just visiting Guatemala, hiring a guide is a smart idea for security reasons, if nothing else. I hiked with a GPS;...
  • Log #9655 - by ikram on Feb 23, 2001
    It took us about 4 to 5 hours of climbing to get to the top.We started from the village santa maria de jesus with a guide bennet from antigua outfitters. It was a beautiful hike thru forests and...
  • Log #9656 - by Jose Alberto on Nov 30, 2000
    This is a pretty nice volcano, once I was nearly catched by a thunder, in a storm, but I stayed near the ground, and it was the coolest visit I've made. I longed like 4 or 5 hours to hike to the top...
  • Log #9657 - by Brent G. Bills on Oct 09, 2000
    While this was a while ago, we took our children, the youngest age 5. A fairly long hike for younger children, but very well worth the effort. Alot of trash and communications antenas, but Beautiful...
  • Log #9658 - by Manglio Reyes on Aug 03, 2000
    This is a great volcano for beginners and for training purposes, from Guatemala city you can take a bus to Antigua Guatemala, and once there, take another to Santa Maria de Jesus, the road is well...
  • Log #9659 - by Deron Lawrence,SJ on July 24, 2000
    I can authoritatively say that, from a campers point of view, I understand what a cloud forest is. We camped out near the summit, and through an evening without rain but on a volcano covered by...
  • Log #9660 - by Eduardo Rubio Herrera on Nov 26, 1999
    I'ts a nice volcano, but is filled with many comunications antenae on the top. The view form the top offer you many intresting landscapes of the volcanic chain, like for example the twins Acatenango...
  • Log #9661 - by Jonathan Boarini on Aug 31, 1999
    I really recommend this volcano. Incredible view from the top, camped out inside of the crater, in a shelter hut, which helps, but it was still incredibly cold in there. Woke up at five, to view the...
  • Log #9662 - by Petr Vondracek on June 07, 1999
    I took a local taxi from Antigua Guatemala (1600 m) to the indian village of Santa Maria de Jesus (2100 m) at 6 AM, from here It took me about 4,5 hrs of relatively easy climbing to reach a crater...