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Santiaguito, also known as Santa María Volcano, is one of the most notorious volcanoes in the world. Since it's birth in July 29, 1922, it has been constantly exploding and rumbling, posing an incredible threat to the nearby city of Quetzaltenango. The route up the active Pelean type volcano follows a route similar to the one up Santa Maria. It is VERY important to use good judgement when climbing Santiaguito. If it's too active, don't get too close. Many have died attempting so. Also, it is very important to secure a guide. Climbing Santiaguito is one of the most incredible experiences, definitely worth the risk. I promise you'll never forget it. Email me for more info.

Elevation (feet): 8,202
Elevation (meters): 2,500
Continent: North America
Country: Guatemala
Range/Region: Sierra Madre del Sur
Latitude: 14.757091
Longitude: -91.551752
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec
Nearest major airport: La Aurora, Guatemala City
Convenient Center: Quetzaltenango

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 3 trip reports for Santiaguito.

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  • Log #21915 - by Christian Rodriguez on Feb 18, 2010
    The most furious and active volcanoes in the world. Amazing hike/climb throught other dead craters. Ashes and dust rains all day after eruptions (Average eruptions that days around 40 at day)
  • Log #13384 - by Eduardo Rubio Herrera on Nov 27, 2001
    This is a very dangerous volcano but amazing too. If you want to feel what's nature, go there!!!! Of course, take all the advices and be carefull. We spend a night there, we listen the rain of...
  • Log #13385 - by Rödiger Escobar Wolf on Oct 27, 2001
    Santiaguito is one of the most or probably the most impressive place I know. But be carefull, the volcano is dangerous, some people have died there in recent years. The volcanic activity is always a...