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Acatenango Volcano Guatemala, WW
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Acatenango Volcano Guatemala, WW 
Acatenango Volcano Guatemala, WW
 
Backpack avatar Nov 29 2014
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Backpack9.35 Miles 5,156 AEG
Backpack9.35 Miles2 Days         
5,156 ft AEG
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The second it i had to outdo myself. This time around i had perfect clear sky, no wind and perfect temperature.
This saturday morning I had one of my cousins take me to the Chicken bus stop along the highway at San Lucas Sacatepequez and from there i quickly hopped on a bus to the town of Chimaltenango where i was dropped off where the Belmont chicken bus starts its route to the towns of Yepocapa and Parramos that leaves town at 8AM.
I paid my fare of Q10 Quetzales ($1.20) for the 1.5 hr bus ride to La Soledad. The bus was packed, my backpack traveled on the top of the bus....along with several people.
Major improvements have been made to the road leading to La Soledad, it is half way paved and construction was ongoing. I was left right at the trailhead where there is a small convinience store for any last minute items (mainly snacks, water and beer). My hike started at 945AM. Unlike the previous wednesday not only the weather was perfect but there were lots of other people preparing for their climbs. Along the way up i passed a group of European tourists and many Guatemalans slowily making the grueling climb along farm fields, cloud forest a subalpine pine forest before reaching the tree line.
I had complete view of at least 7 other volcanoes along the horizon. I stopped for a couple short five minute breaks in which i talked to other hikers resting as well. At about noon i reached a campsite area which proved perfect for lunch, I make me a delicious Mayan sandwich consisting of bread, black beans and avocado along with a granola bar. After about an hour's rest i decided it was time to go and push for the summit.
Amazing views of Agua and an erupting Pacaya volcano adorned the way before i reached an area called "La maldita" known for its deep and loose volcanic sand layer that makes walking a chore. A little while later i reached the saddle between the Acatenango and Yepocapa peaks......took some photos and kept going to Acatenango. This section will be the steepest and toughest before you reach the summit, should take you 45 minutes to complete. At last i reached the summit of Acatenango at 13,040ft in 5:14 hr/min.
It was a perfect afternoon to be on the summit, more people camping at the Plate started to join the area where i had pitched my tent. Clouds and rumbling explotions from Fuego made the evening one that i will never forget. Sunset had many colors and moving clouds. Once darkness settled wind started picking up and i hung in my tent for dinner.
The following morning i woke up at 5AM to welcome the sun for a new day, Fuego greeted us with a little lava show. As the sun made its way up it lit up everything around me orange, to the east i could see Santa Ana volcano in El Salvador as well as Agua and Pacay volcanoes near by. To the north i had Guatemala City lights and south the towns of Escuintla and the Pacific Ocean and to the west views of Lake Atitlan and its volcanoes Atitlan, San Pedro and Toliman and farther back Santa Maria and Tajumulco and Tacana volcanoes (the two tallest in Central America)
Once the cold sunrise show was over i headed back to my tent and had cereal and bread and beans for breakfast. At about 7AM i already had my tent rolled and ready to go and at 715AM i started making my way down the volcano. In 2:40 hr/mins i made it back to the trailhead in which i celebrated by drinking a couple Gallo beers and bought some crispy potato empanadas from a girl selling them there.
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