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
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.