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Climbing Volcán De Agua - Hiking Antigua - Guatemala

Volcán de Agua (3,760 m/12,335 ft), located just south of Antigua is genuinely considered to be the least challenging of the four assents in the area. Unlike it neighbor Volcán Fuego, this volcano has lain dormant for the past 500 years. Starting at the village of Santa Maria de Jesus, the trek can between four and five hours and is considered to be a moderate hike, suitable for most people.

The name, Volcán de Agua, comes from an historic flood that happened in 1541. At the time, the crater of the volcano was filled with water. When earthquakes, originating from the nearby Volcán Fuego, hit Volcán Agua, the rim of the crater was ruptured, creating a mudslide that destroyed the original capitol city of Santiago de los Caballeros.

In Santa Maria de Jesus, the trail up the volcano starts at the cemetery. From there you continue up a partially paved road which shrinks to a small trail. Robberies have been known to take place around this area so be extra careful, you can request a police escort at no cost if you feel like you need one. From there, the trail passed through coffee fincas and fields until it ascends into series of steep switch backs. Once you reach the summit, look to the west, on a clear day you can see the Pacific Ocean.

It is possible to camp at the summit and there is no fee for doing so. Most people choose to camp inside the hollow cone at the top of the trail. Bring plenty of warm clothes as the temperature drops severely after dark.

Antigua, Guatemala

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Here are other activities in and around Antigua that may be of interest: Climbing Acatenango , Other Hiking Around Antigua, Cerro de La Cruz y El Hato, Climbing Volcán De Fuego and Volcano Climbing.

11 Aug 2010

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