Santa Maria

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An incredible and majestic cone, rising over the Qetzaltenango horizon. Perfectly cone shaped, and very steep, it is very visited by tourists and mountaineering clubs. From the summit, the view is unforgettable. To the south, the great expanse of the Pacific Ocean. To the east, lake Atitlan, and the volcanoes Agua, Fuego, Acatenango, Toliman, Atitlan, San Pedro, Zunil and Santo Tomas. To the west, volcanoes Tacana, Tajumulco (highest point in Central America and the Caribbean, and the border with Mexico. To the south, it feels like you could almost touch the summit of Santiaguito volcano, more than one thousand meters below, and in constant eruptions and rumbles. I definitely recommend this trip, I guarantee you will never forget it.

Elevation (feet): 12,375
Elevation (meters): 3,772
Continent: North America
Country: Guatemala
Range/Region: Guatemala Ranges
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Oct, Nov, Dec
Nearest major airport: La Aurora, Guatemala City
Convenient Center: Llanos del Pinal, Quetzaltenango

Thanks to Jonathan Boarini for adding this peak.

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Trip Reports

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

There are 6 trip reports for Santa Maria.

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  • Log #21914 - by Christian Rodriguez on Feb 18, 2010
    One of the most beauty volcanoes in Guatemala, perfect shape and good spot to see Santiaguito's eruptions. Amazing view of the volcanic chain from Guatemala.
  • Log #21253 - by Alain Melchior on Apr 15, 2008
    Starting from the Southern end of Llanos del Pinal village located North of Quetzaltenango (Xela), the trail is easy to find. You first climb towards a crosstrails where you will turn left before...
  • Log #18772 - by Rick Stewart on Feb 14, 2006
    I live in Quetzaltenango (Xela) and climb Santa Maria regularly. During the day I do it for fun and exercise, once a month on full-moon nights I am a volunteer guide with the Quetzaltrekkers, a...
  • Log #11154 - by Roger Wesson on Nov 24, 2000
    Tough climb - I was climbing with a backpack, tent, sleeping bag, food etc, which made it more difficult. I took six hours from Llanas del Pinal to the top, taking it pretty easy. Advice - camp at...
  • Log #11155 - by michael marcum on Nov 04, 2000
    go in the dry season; it's slippery when it's wet
  • Log #11156 - by Mario Gomez on Nov 05, 1999
    I have spent a night at the summit twice already. (the firts two expeditions). Last trip, I climbed the mountain in less than 3 hours from Llano de el Pinal all the way to the top. Total Time 2:30...