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Volcán Cruz Quemado / Tecuamburro - Hiking Cuilapa - Guatemala

Tecuamburro is a dormant volcanic complex consisting of three peaks, Cerro La Soledad (1,845m), Cerro Peña Blanca (1,850m), and Cerro de Miraflores (1,945m). Out of the three, Cerro La Soledad is the easiest to climb with a better trail, great views and places for camping below it, while the hike up Cerro Peña Blanca is considered the most beautiful. Hot rocks venting thermal gases can be seen on all the peaks. The slopes are thickly forested so it is a good idea to wear long trousers. Ascents take two to three hours.

The Laguna de Ixpaco was formed 2,900 years ago and is a popular place to come and relax in the hot mud baths. At the base of the Tecuamburro volcanic complex, the laguna is one of the start points for hiking the volcanoes. Another is from the village Tecuamburro, 9 km further along the road.

Cruz Quemada is accessed from Santa Maria Ixhuatán and another easily scaled volcano (three hours up), surrounded by coffee plantations and next to a small milky-green lake. At 1,690m high, the summit is covered in radio antennas.

None of these volcanoes are climbed regularly, so be prepared and bring all supplies with you. Guides for any of these hikes can be hired at the village Los Esclavos (at the junction five minutes from Cuilapa, onto the road to Chiquimulilla).

Cuilapa, Guatemala

Hiking Types:
Camping, adventure

Getting There

Halfway up the road between Chiquimulilla and Cuilapa is a turn-off for the Laguna de Ixpaco at the village of El Vainillal. 9km past the lagoon is the village of Tecuamburro at the base of the volcano. Transport to Ixpaco is infrequent

Price Description: You will need money for hiring a guide, transport and you may need to give some money to the owner if you camp on their land.

Relative price: Budget

Travel Skills: advanced/difficult.

You Need to Bring: Food, camping equipment, water, maps, compass... be prepared!

By Kathryn
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05 Feb 2010

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