Looming above the shores of Lake Atitlan and the village of San Pedro La Laguna, Volcan San Pedro is one of the region’s most accessible for volcano trekking. The views from the top make it well worth the effort of getting there.
Two routes lead to the volcano’s summit 9,908 feet (3,020 meters) above sea level. Both are strenuous, mostly uphill climbs through corn fields and coffee plantations, oak and pine forests. The volcanic soil coating the dormant peak is rich in nutrients, so many Guatemalans grow their crops along the volcanic foothills.
For safety reasons, hikers should never try to climb Volcan San Pedro alone. Bring a few buddies, or better yet, hire a guide to lead you to the top and back.