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Tajumulco Volcano (4,230masl) Self-guided Solo Budget Day Hike

8 Days Pandemic Rainy Solo Trip in Guatemala January 04 to January 12, 2021


TAJUMULCO VOLCANO, GUATEMALA (Jan. 2021) 
- Central America and Guatemala's highest mountain at 4,220masl
- Self-guided solo budget DIY day hike (difficult back trail) with 1,250m elevation gain, 15km back trail distance and 9 hours trekking

Day 11: Jan. 06, 2021 Wed / Tajumulco 
0430H ETA Guatemala City; bus 75
0630H ETD Guatemala City; breakfast 6
1100H ETA Quetzaltenango (Xela); lunch 35; Calle 7a and 19 Avenida (Xelapan Cafe) 
1200H ETD Quetzaltenango; colectivo 20;
1330H ETA San Marcos; fruits 15
1400H ETD San Marcos; bus to Tacana 10
1700H ETA Crucera Tajumulco; Hotel Villa Real 50; Pack snacks 30; dinner 45
TOTAL: Q286

Day 12: Jan. 07, 2021 Thu / Tajumulco (4,220masl)
0530H ETD Hotel; jump-off near hotel (3,000masl)
Trail at night is safe except for stray dogs, hehe!; Walking alone almost throughout the trail
0800H Lost my jacket in the middle of the forest
1000H Found my jacket (unmarked forest trails)
Trail 1st part; open area, muddy, slippery; Trail 2nd part; mossy forest, thick fogs, very cold
Summit Assault; huge rocks, very steep, thick fogs; Altitude Sickness felt (breathing hard, headache)
1330H Volcano summit (4,220masl); photo-ops
Thick fogs, very cold, no visibility of amazing views; 1400H Start descent, back trail
1730H ETA Hotel Villa Real 50; snacks 8
TOTAL: Q58

1. Tajumulco Volcano hike is an "off the beaten path" mountain adventure in Guatemala. No registration and national park fee to be paid. I was even walking almost alone throughout the trail (locals are nice just greet them). 
2. The DIY budget transportation per above itinerary is just easy to find as the destinations are regular to locals. 
3. 1st part of the trail is an open area (passable by 4x4 vehicles), muddy and slippery. This trail can be seen in Google maps and maps.me
4. 2nd part of the trail is mossy forest with usual thick fogs and very cold. Also the entry and last areas are marked with white paint. Unfortunately, my jacket was lost in the area with unmarked trails.
5. Summit assault trail has Station of the Cross markers, just follow it starting from the camp site where there are lots of thrash. The trail has huge rocks (boulder sometimes), very steep, thick fogs and very cold.
6. Hotel Villa Real is just 100m away of the Tajumulco trail jump-off, Q50 for a night per room, no wifi. 

Tajumulco Volcano (4,230masl) Self-guided Solo Budget DIY Day Hike

Tajumulco Volcano (4,230masl) Self-guided Solo Budget DIY Day Hike

Tajumulco Volcano (4,230masl) Self-guided Solo Budget DIY Day Hike

Tajumulco Volcano (4,230masl) Self-guided Solo Budget DIY Day Hike

Tajumulco Volcano (4,230masl) Self-guided Solo Budget DIY Day Hike

Tajumulco Volcano (4,230masl) Self-guided Solo Budget DIY Day Hike

Tajumulco Volcano (4,230masl) Self-guided Solo Budget DIY Day Hike

Tajumulco Volcano (4,230masl) Self-guided Solo Budget DIY Day Hike

Tajumulco Volcano (4,230masl) Self-guided Solo Budget DIY Day Hike

Tajumulco Volcano (4,230masl) Self-guided Solo Budget DIY Day Hike


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