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During the 1902 eruption of 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, there is another way to experience it.

Hike to the overlook

The climb to the overlook of Santiaguito volcano is an easy to moderate hike. At the overlook you have a wonderful view of Santiaguito, but also a large part of Santa Maria volcano and the land of the south coast. There is a very high chance that we can admire eruptions of Santiaguito.

To get there we take a bus for a short 30 minute ride from Xela to the foot of the volcano.

Departure: 06:00h, back at +/- 11:30h

What to Bring: Sturdy shoes, at least 1 liter of water, food, warm clothing you can take off layer by layer, sunscreen, sunglasses, optionally binoculars and camera.

Included: transport and guide(s) and equipment


Overlook of the Active Santiaguito Volcano



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