The Pendleton Panther

Volcano Hiking

Posted on: October 13, 2009

My first volcano hiking was when I was seven years old. My father´s family owns a coffee farm that takes part of the Acatenango Volcano. The Acatenango, as it is named, is the third tallest volcano in Guatemala out of more than twenty in the entire country. Acatenango is about four thousand meters high or about thirteen thousand feet. The farm’s inner roads go into the volcano as high as three thousand meters, meaning that we had to hike about one thousand meters to the first peak. Acatenago has to peaks with a difference of approximately three hundred meters. The views are incredible.

Our last time at Acatenango, about three years ago, my family and some friends, went to see the volcano. Of course, not everyone could conquer the second peak, and some take more than one hour to get to the first one. We began walking up at around four pm, expecting to have the camp ready by six pm. We get to gather, as we go up the volcano, some firewood for the night. We stay up in to the night singing, telling stories, and basically hanging out. Reaching the second peak is the next early morning challenge, but running the volcano downhill is the best part.



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