Acatenango

Elevation (feet): 13,044
Elevation (meters): 3,976
Continent: North America
Country: Guatemala
Range/Region: Guatemala Ranges
Latitude: 14.5
Longitude: -90.8667
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Oct, Nov, Dec
Nearest major airport: La Aurora, Guatemala City
Convenient Center: La Soledad, Chimaltenango

Thanks to Jonathan Boarini for adding this peak.

A very imposing and voluminous cone, made up by the main cone, at 3976 meters above sea level, and a secondary cone, Yepocapa, at 3808 meters. It is a very hard climb, and the whole top part of the volcano is covered in fine sand, due to the eruptions of its twin volcano, Fuego. The view from the summit is breathtaking. Birdseye view of the Pacific Ocean, and the Guatemalan volcanic chain, including the volcanoes of Santa Maria, Toliman, Atitlan, San Pedro, Santo Tomas, Zunil, Tajumulco, Tacana, Agua, Fuego and Pacaya. Ascent takes aprox six hours. Beautiful camping spot about halfway up, called "El Conejo."

Trip Reports

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

There are 16 trip reports for Acatenango.

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  • Log #21884 - by Christian Rodriguez on Feb 13, 2010
    This volcano is my favorite place on the earth. I climbed at least a 100 times since 1994. But, I fail my 3 first times to intent to get the summit. I was a terrible physical condition, so was so...
  • Log #21823 - by Etienne Gosselin on Nov 19, 2009
    Long climb, very very dusty and soft ground. Took about 8 hours to reach the summit. We camped about 1000 feet from the summit. Morning view was spectacular with Fuego volcano erupting constantly.
  • Log #11202 - by Timothy Myer on June 09, 2003
    My adventure began as a short day-trip, and ultimately, due to some unwise decisions on my part, ended up being a life and death jungle adventure, and one I hope to never repeat. I began my hike from...
  • Log #11203 - by Matthias Kawski on Nov 30, 2002
    Just wonderful momories: bus etc from antigua took a long time - i.e late start hiking. locals did not speak spanish, and almost always pointed up the wrong trail (we turned around more than once)....
  • Log #11204 - by Adolfo De Paz on May 04, 2002
    The nicest volcano I did in Guatemala. I found two news climbing routes
  • Log #11205 - by Daniel Wood on Mar 09, 2002
    Make sure you are in good shape. Take sufficient water. Begin your climb in the afternoon and sleep at the pine level and leave at dawn for the summit before the clouds roll in. After our climb which...
  • Log #11206 - by Woody on Jan 21, 2002
    Only went to the north peak and that took 4.5 hours. Very steep, relentless climb in thin air. Spectacular all round although need to start very early to avoid mid-morning cloud. Met a remarkable...
  • Log #11207 - by Alejandro Echeverría on June 05, 2001
    Certainly, one of the most beautiful volcanoes in Guatemala. I recommend climbing it overnight (not AT night, you can get lost very easily), the day view, as well as the night view from the top is...
  • Log #11208 - by Renato Figueroa on June 04, 2001
    Definitively a beautiful experience. Begin climbing at 9:00 am. and after a few stops for recovery, finally sumitted the first peak at 14:00 hours. Settled the "camp" which was basically a...
  • Log #11209 - by José Alberto Franco on Apr 13, 2001
    I summited this volcano from Concepción route, in almost 6 hours.
  • Log #11210 - by Renato Figueroa on Apr 12, 2001
    This is the first time I'm climbing this volcano so I'm gathering all the info I can get, in order to make this trip one of the best of my life. All the info here has been very helpful. Hopefully,...
  • Log #11211 - by Uwe Kraus on Feb 12, 2001
    After Navado de Toluca, La Malinche and Pico de Orizaba in Mexico I climbed some volcanoes in Guatemala. I hired a guide in Antigua. We started at 6am and drove to the village La Solidad. Through the...
  • Log #11212 - by Allan George on Feb 06, 2001
    It was a cloudy day, so we got quite wet and it was cold at the top. We made it to the top in 3 1/2 hours and had 1 1/2 hours to go back. So if you are in a good shape, not an excellent, you can...
  • Log #11213 - by Eric vom Lehn on Jan 27, 2001
    A wonderful Hike: six to eight hours up, three to four down. For those of you not used to such a rapid gain in altitude, be sure to stay very well hydrated. Not to mention, have some aspirin for the...
  • Log #11214 - by Manglio Reyes on Aug 03, 2000
    Tough volcano, great for training, Access is a little difficult due to lack of enough transportation, so its better for you to get there by car. Great views from Atitlan lake and volcanic chain
  • Log #11215 - by Eduardo Rubio Herrera on Nov 26, 1999
    I'ts one of the most beatiful volcanoes in Guatemala, has a grat view from the top, you can see the Guatemala's volcanic chain and in particular Fuego and Agua volcano's are impresive.