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Trek to Chicabal Volcano and Lagoon
"Journey along the natural paths of the volcano and see over 40-Mayan altars that were used in ceremonial services. Learn about the Mayan calendar and its importance to this ancient culture. Wander down the paths and see the incredible and diverse variety898 feet. On clear mornings it is possible to see the major volcanoes of northwestern Guatemala as well as the Pacific coast. The crater rim and volcanic cone are covered in a lush cloud forest and the lower slopes of the volcano are used for agricultural purposes by the locals. This easy day-hike provides a perfect mix of tranquility culture and natural beauty.On this 5-hour tour you will go from the base of the volcano all the way to the top. There you will find an impressive view onto the lagoon. From the top the guide will lead you down the stairs to the lagoon itself. Lots of times
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Santiaguito Volcano Hiking Tour from Quetzaltenango
"This hike gives you the opportunity to see the beautiful Guatemalan landscape and the eruptions of one of the most dangerous volcanos in the world while not being overly strenuous. You will have the chance to see different types of plants and flowers. The first part of the hike is a bit steep with some rocks as obstacles but when looking over your shoulder you can see breath-taking views of Quetzaltenango in the early morning.Halfway the road becomes more flat and easy
From $40.00
Santa María Volcano Hike from Quetzaltenango
"Meet your guide before dawn prepared for a challenging half-day trek to the top of the Santa María Volcano. Take a short drive to the base of the volcano which is situated next to the small village of Llanos del Pinal. Embark on an early morning hike to accompanied by your friendly and informative guide.Reach the summit and enjoy the breathtaking view from the top of the Santa María. See numerous other volcanoes such as Tacana Tajumulco Chicabal Lacandón the volcanoes around Lake Atitlan as well as the volcanoes Acatenango Fuego and Agua. This trek is especially popular because the top of the Santa Maria Volcano gives a perfect view down on the crater of the Santiaguito Volcano
From $40.00

Cerro de la Cruz Tips (7)

Attacked at Cerro De La Cruz

People try to give you a false sense of security telling you there are police all over the stairs up to the cross and you are very safe during the day. This is not true Myself and another girl were together and walking in Broad Daylight (1:00-2:00pm) down the stairs from the cross when we were attacked by two guys. Normal looking young local guys. We screamed and screamed and screamed and no one came. We were not far from the top where supposedly the cop was suppose to be. We eventually found out he had left minutes before that happened. We fought and screamed and scared off the guys they took off down the stairs. When we went to find police there were none around. We got a group of guys to walk us down the stairs. we did not see ONE cop along the path. This is absolutely not safe to walk. Do not listen to what people say. I believe sometimes there are a few police there but you obviously cannot count on them. If you want to go to cross take tuk tuk or taxi UP AND DOWN.

Jul 16, 2014

beware of tour guide near parque

There will be tour guides wandering the parque, but they will ask for money to take you up to the cross. The tourismo police escort tourists for free 10am/3pm each day. Or better yet, walk up there yourself. From the park, head up north on 4a ave norte, until you hit the end, make a right turn, for couple blocks, you'll see a nice residential area on your left, follow the gradual uphill walk, then you'll see an intersection, on your left is the way to the hill (signs). Follow the steep steps/walk the motor roads (i like the vehicle roads because it's less prone to mugging). During day time, I feel very safe walking there alone, with a flow of traffic, and very visual presence of police everywhere. It's an amazing sights to see Antigua and Volcan Aqua.

Mar 21, 2009

Don't Go To Cerro de la Cruz Alone

In general, Antigua Guatemala is much safer than the rest of Guatemala. There is tourist police patrolling in the town. You can usually walk in the town at night without any problems. However, don't go to Cerro de la Cruz alone. You'd better go with the tourist police that escorts tourists to the hill twice a day (10:00am in the morning and 3:00pm in the afternoon) free of charge. The tourist police can be found on 4a Ave at the northeast of the Central Park.

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Dec 30, 2005

Cerro de la Cruz

A danger spot to mention is the cross on a hill overlooking Antigua. Crosses are customarily erected on a highpoint above Latin cities. If you choose to visit such shrines, do so in the morning. Robbery and assault are greater and greater possibilities as the day wears on.

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Feb 10, 2005
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Walking to Cerro de Cruz

If you are planning to walk the ten minutes up the hill to Cerro de Cruz to take in the panaroma, register with the tourist police beforehand so you can be accompanied. There have been many reports of theft and should not be done independently.

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Oct 23, 2004

El cerrito

The fascinating view offered by the cerrito is magnificent. Although there are armed guards it is not advisable to climb venture out in the hillside alone or at night.

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Aug 12, 2004

nice view from cross walk...

nice view from cross walk ,under the armed guardians protection...agression...and crimes against tourists (one of them 15th of november 1996)

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Oct 04, 2002

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Antigua Ruins

This small museum in the Santo Domingo complex preserves some of the best colonial art in Antigua. It's set in an old colonial university building opposite the cathedral that is now converted into...
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Pacaya Volcano

The village near Pacaya Volcano is very poor - there is not even a grocery store. There are many wonderful dogs you'll encounter on your hike. They are friendly but skinny! Please take dry dog food...
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Confusingly, Hermano Pedro is not buried in the church dedicated to and named for him, but here in nearby San Francisco. This is one of Antigua’s oldest churches, dating back to 1579, although little...
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Parque Central

Parque Central is the heart of Antigua and house the main cathedral and the colonial governemnt buildings. It is also the center of the tourist district and the side streets leading off the plaza are...
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Language Schools

I studied at Don Pedro de Alvarado for ten weeks ,I chose to study Spanish in Antigua after the excellent reports that I had read about the city. I stayed 10 weeks, and I wasn't disappointed. I am 65...
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Colonial Architecture

This building was originally the University of San Carlos Booremeo founded in 1676. Today it houses the colonial art musuem. Photgraphy is forbidden insde the building but I got these shots of the...
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