Acatenango: La Soledad to Las Terrazas
ElevationAscent: 3,918' 1,194 m
Descent: -89' -27 m
High: 11,704' 3,567 m
Low: 7,875' 2,400 m
GradeAvg Grade: 18% (10°)
Max Grade: 47% (25°)
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“A demanding run to the Basecamp of Acatenango on a wide trail looking at the volcano.”— Ignacio Basterrechea
The three stages of the route are from town to the gate, gate to the barrel, and barrel to the terraces (basecamp). The first stage starts with a steep section through the cornfield, then it ends with Raíces (roots in Spanish) which are several steps that culminate with the gate. Here, you have restroom and have to pay the entrance fee (GUA: Q25, Foreigners: Q50). Hiring a local guide is highly recommended, although most of them speak only Spanish.
The second stage is through the misty forest, the trail is still steep, but the lush vegetation makes more enjoyable the effort. At the middle of the stage, you enter a vehicle road which you have to continue going up until you reach the end of the road, which has a barrel as a barrier.
The last stage is the easiest as you have a more moderate climb through the dry pines and the tall grasses. Finally, you reach the basecamp. If you plan to camp, here is your best spot as you have first line to watch the Fuego Volcano Eruptions.
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