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During the 1902 eruption of the Santa Maria the side of the volcano collapsed and left a crater the size of 1 kilometer in diameter. After 20 years of dormancy new eruptions began in this crater and formed what now is called “Santiaguito” (the little saint). Eruptions are very frequent, generally every 30 minutes to an hour (but no guarantees). Apart from climbing Santa Maria and looking down on Santiaguito or hiking to the viewpoint, there is another very spectacular option to experience it.

Two-day expedition to the Active Crater

Note: This is a very tough hike and you should therefore be in good condition. You have to carry your own bag and equipment. Also be aware that it is an active volcano and the trek is not without danger.

On the first day we leave at 5:00 to go the foot of the Santa Maria. Here we take the route to the lookout over Santiaguito, which takes 2 hours. From the viewpoint we descend 3 hours down to what is known as "the beach". After this we climb 3 hours to arrive at the camp around 17:00h. From the campsite you can witness the violence of the eruptions clearly. Or we can go another 150m closer for a better view. This hike you can be truly described as an extreme adventure!

This expedition isn´t always possible because of the climate and activity of the volcano. A back-up plan is necessary!

Departure Day 1 - 5:00h, back Day 2 - +/-17: 00h

What to Bring: Sturdy shoes, well-fitting big trekking-backpack, warm clothes you can take off layer by layer, sunscreen and sunglasses. Optionally: binoculars, cameras and own camping gear. If you do not have camping gear we’ll lend it to you.

Included: transport, guide(s) and equipment, 4 meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner the 1st day and breakfast the 2nd day), 6 liters of purified water per person.

Optional: Porter service is available.

Climbing the Active Santiaguito Volcano


Most of the photo’s are taken by: Marvin W. Laynes


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