Guatemala, cradle of the Mayan Civilization, has great natural and cultural wealth.

With more than 30 volcanoes, it is part of the Pacific fire belt. The volcanic chain crosses the country from east to west.

The three highest volcanoes are: Tajumulco at 4,220 meters, Tacaná at 4,093 meters and Acatenango at 3,976 meters; while the lowest are: Culma at 1,027 meters and Las Víboras at 1,070 meters. Of the total, only three of them are active: Santiaguito, Fuego and Pacaya.

The ascent to the volcanoes is possible, preferably with a specialised and authorised guide. In some cases, the tourism police must authorise these excursions for security reasons.

Here are some interesting facts about volcanoes:

Agua Volcano

This inactive, 3,766 meter volcano is located between the departments of Escuintla, Guatemala and Sacatepéquez. It is a symmetrical cone covered with vegetation. From its top you can see Atitlan lake.

Fuego Volcano

This active volcano, due to the latest eruptions, has been growing up to a height of 3,830 meters. It is located between the departments of Chimaltenango, Escuintla and Sacatepéquez.

Pacaya Volcano

This active volcano of 2,552 meters is located between the departments of Escuintla and Guatemala. From the top you can see the lava coming out of the crater, the volcanoes of Acatenango, Agua and Fuego as well as the city of Guatemala.

San Pedro Volcano

This inactive, 3,020 meter volcano is located in the department of Sololá. It is a symmetrical cone of great beauty. From the top you can enjoy Atitlán lake, Atitlán volcano and Tolimán volcano.

Santiaguito Volcano

This active volcano, located in the department of Quetzaltenango, suffers intermittent tremors and rockfalls.

Tajumulco Volcano

This inactive volcano, the highest in the country, located in the department of San Marcos, allows you to see the volcanic chain of the country from the top.

For more information about the volcanoes, download the brochure from the official tourism page of Guatemala.

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