Chimaltenango, Guatemala

3,976 meters

The volcano Acatenango is the third highest peak in Guatemala. In the winter season (October-February) it sometimes frosts. With the volcano Fuego it makes up the Horqueta complex; this colossal stratovolcano has two peaks, the Pico Mayor and Yepocapa, because of landslides that collapsed the original crater. The surrounding terrain is very fertile; the valley is known internationally for its coffee production.

Acatenango is a very difficult volcano to climb, but at the same time it is both accessible and safe. Also, it has many different kings of terrain which permits both aerobic (walking, jogging, etc.) and anaerobic work (short spurts of activity based on strength) which, done together, help maintain good physical condition for climbers.

From the slopes of Acatenango you can see beautiful views, and from the summit you can see fantastic ones! Some of the best views are the volcanoes Fuego, Santa Maria in Quetzaltenango, Tajumulco in San Marcos, Agua in Sacatepéquez and Pacaya in Escuintla.

It’s not hard to understand why this is a volcano that’s visited by many tourists from all over the world. To my Guatemalan friends, I challenge you to visit it at least once in your life; I assure you, you won’t regret it!

And to my friends from outside of Guatemala, I would like to invite you to come with us to have a unique experience here in our rich land.