Featured photo of Tajumulco

A gracefully shaped volcano, it constitutes the highest elevation in Central America and the Caribbean.

It is a very easy climb, taking under three hours. The view from the summit, reminds of the Guatemalan flag, because both oceans (Pacific and Atlantic), can be seen on a clear day. From such a vantage point, it is possible to see all of the Guatemalan volcanic chain, extending into El Salvador, and mountains in Mexico. It is definitely great climb, don't miss it if you're in Guatemala.

Elevation (feet): 13,845
Elevation (meters): 4,220
Continent: North America
Country: Guatemala
Range/Region: Guatemala Ranges
Latitude: 15.043384
Longitude: -91.903589
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Nearest major airport: La Aurora, Guatemala city
Convenient Center: San Marcos

Thanks to Jonathan Boarini and Terrill Thompson for contributing to these details. (View history)

Trip Reports

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

There are 19 trip reports for Tajumulco.

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  • Log #21918 - by Christian Rodriguez on Feb 18, 2010
    The ascend was with perfect weather, clear skies, cold, tiny windy. Also climb Concepcion (2nd highest peak from Guatemala)
  • Log #21280 - by Tomas Matteucci on May 15, 2008
    Gorgeous climb with amazing views. Easy but beware altitude sickness ("puna"). I did not see a single human being for the whole trip!
  • Log #19363 - by Tomas Matteucci on Sep 27, 2006
    Beautiful treck. A villager agreed to guide me for a few dollars and we departed at 0730: Initially I felt a bit ridiculous as he was carrying his child´s school-bag, a coke and rain-boots, and I...
  • Log #11157 - by Tomas Matteucci on July 12, 2004
    I asked some Maya locals from Tuichan to get a guide for me, and a local villager asked me to turn up the next morning at 0630. I found him having a cup of coffee for breakfast,he put a sandwich in...
  • Log #11158 - by Chris on Oct 08, 2003
    Very beautiful area and a pleasant hike. We camped in the forest below the summit and got up just before sunrise to se the sun come up over the mountains. Very beautiful!
  • Log #11159 - by Jan-Frode Myklebust & Sir Tansø on Oct 07, 2003
    Bought a guided tour from Adrenalina Toursin Quetzaltenango. They provided tent, sleeping bags (no mats), food, a local guide and two more people accompanying us on the trip. $40 per person. We...
  • Log #11160 - by phil on Aug 18, 2003
    tried to summit tajulmulco with quetzelltrekkers (in xela), but we got to the village nearbye and our guides talked to the police, who told them that people had gotten murdered on the volano the day...
  • Log #11161 - by Christopher Fillion on June 29, 2003
    Summitted in April 2002 and our tent was robbed. Attempted it again in August 2002 and we were shot at. I suppose the sign on the road at the beginning of the trail "Precausion: Locos!"...
  • Log #11162 - by Martin on Feb 24, 2003
    Climbed with 4 friends, among who a guy named Fred, who chose a very original directissime route to go down to the valley; ask him to know where to turn on the left on the main path, it is very...
  • Log #11163 - by Abra Bazydlo on Oct 26, 2002
    beautiful alpine tundra, though our guide didn't know where he was going and was pretty hungover, it was very pretty lots of purple flowers before the sumit.
  • Log #11164 - by saskia on Oct 01, 2002
    Quetzaltrekkers goes up here every weekend! Just remember, may be you think you can summit safely without a guide. But if you go with them, your money goes straight to a project for streetkids! ...
  • Log #11165 - by michael richter on Apr 29, 2002
    Take one of the many busses from San Marcos towards the village of Tacan (for example 9:00 and 11:00 am at the market) and ask the bus driver to let you off at Tuichon. You don't need a guide to pass...
  • Log #11166 - by Eduardo Rubio Herrera on Oct 27, 2001
    Its the highest point of Central America. It has nice views of the western part of Guatemala. Tacana appears impresive from Tajumulco's summit, and you'll probably find (I don't know how much more...
  • Log #11173 - by Mario Gomez on Sep 03, 2001
    A nice volcano to climb. Enjoyable from beginning to end. It takes nearly 3 hours to get to summit. Tuichan is the name of the villege where the cars remain for the night and where the climbing...
  • Log #11168 - by Harry Kikstra on Feb 12, 2001
    I climbed this beautiful mountain together with my good friend Jaime Vinals. It is the highest point in Central America and a really nice hike. Try to climb the east (rocky) side when the sun is...
  • Log #11169 - by Luis on May 06, 2000
    view was nice, it shoukd be better bteween Nov. and Feb., the climb is an easy hike up, the last part you have to climb rocks in order to get on top.... this I like a lot. The wind was blowing...
  • Log #11170 - by Jose Manuel Gonzalez Diaz on Feb 20, 2000
    Summited with Francisco Romero and Virgilio SantaMarÌa from the CEMAC (Club de Exploraciones de Mexico, A.C.) we hired a Taxi from San Marcos to the base of the volcano where we asked for a local...
  • Log #11171 - by jose mijares on Feb 13, 2000
    I climbed this mountain with guro jenssen and my good friend jaime vinals. the view from the top it was just magic
  • Log #11172 - by Dagmar Stassen on Jan 02, 2000
    From de road it you can climb it in 6 hours in very easy climb. We looked at the sun going down, it was one of the finest views i ever saw ! You can look at the see and the other volcanoes. If the...