Ring of Fire

The Backbone of the Guatemalan Highlands

Guatemala’s impressive geography, defined by a chain of 33 volcanoes, makes up the backbone of the Guatemalan Highlands. This 7 day itinerary focuses on the majestic volcanoes that overlook the old Spanish colonial capital of Antigua. We will climb the spectacularly active Volcan Pacaya, and then summit the quiet giant Volcan Agua. The next objective will be a 3 day 2 night venture to the tops of Volcan Acatenango and Volcan Fuego. Our experienced guides provide all the gear and cooking equipment for a cozy night in the saddle. With some luck, Fuego will provide some entertainment with a high altitude firework show. Fuego, history’s most active volcano, has been recorded to be rumbling and firing lava from its crater ever since the Spanish first arrived in Antigua in the 16th century. The extended 10 day trip not only peaks Antigua’s monsters, but also takes us to the top of Volcan Tajamulco, Central America’s highest peak (13,845 ft). From the summit we get views of the Guatemalan highlands, the Pacific Coast, the Cuchumantes mountain range, and well into Mexico.

  • Trek up Guatemala’s premier peaks, and summit Central America’s highest
  • Spend time on Lake Atitlan and see it from an aerial perspective
  • Hike 7 volcanoes and conquer the rugged backbone of the Western Highlands one by one
  • Camp under the stars and spend a night watching Volcan Fuego erupt
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The Great Outdoors “TGO Magazine”

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“As we hammered tent pegs into the ground…a loud explosion made us all look skyward.  Fuego had spoken!”

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