Volcán de Fuego is a one hour bus ride from Antigua, Guatemala. There are two volcanos next to each other. You will hike up to the summit of Volcano Acatenango to see the active Volcano Fuego erupting.
Getting to Volcán de Fuego:
The easiest and safest way to get there is a guided tour. You will find a lot of agencies in Antigua. From Antigua you have a one hour bus ride to get to the bottom of the Volcano Acatenango. The hike to get to the Base Camp takes between 5 and 6 hours (depending on your personal conditions) and 1 1/2 tour from the Base Camp to the top the next morning. From the Base Camp and the top of Acatenango you have a stunning view of Volcano Fuego, other volcanos and the beautiful landscape.
Volcán de Fuego Price
Cheaper agencies offer the overnight hike for 135 Quetzales (17 USD), the most expensive one was 89 USD. The difference is the quality of the equipment, food, guide and group size. We decided to go with a local tour guide, that has no agency in town. It costs you 300 Quetzales, but you will have delicious food, local guides who know the volcano from birth and you will support the community. There is no hostel or office that needs to be paid extra, what guarantees the guides get paid fair. The entrance fee to Volcán de Fuego is 50 Quetzal (7 USD).
Where to stay
You can stay in Antigua the day before and after the hike. There are many hostels and hotels for every budget and comfort. A good tour package includes tents, sleeping bags and mats for the night in the base camp (almost 3.000 meters over sea level).
How much time will you need there:
The Volcán de Fuego tour starts between 6 am and 9 am (depends on the agency) and you will be back the next day around noon.
When is the best time to go
You should check the activity of the Volcano Fuego and the weather conditions before, because it could be very cold on top of the mountain.
What to do there
It is a once in a life time experience. This is definitely something you will never forget. Watching an active volcano spitting fire and stones makes you feel really small in a beautiful world.
What not to do
We would recommend to take a guided tour. In the beginning of this year six people died on top of the mountain. Not to be prepared enough could be really dangerous. Besides you should be in good, healthy and fit conditions. The hike is hard even for people who hike a lot. Extreme weather conditions such as wind and temperatures under 0 Celsius and the high altitude make this hike difficult. You will need warm clothes and good shoes (sneakers are not recommended).
Why should Volcán de Fuego be on my bucket list?
It feels like a kind of magic to see mother earth like this. To watch, feel and hear an active Volcano from this distance is rather rare.