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  1. jin
    August 26, 2017 @ 11:22 am

    Wow, the hike really does look and sound intense! But it seems that it’s all worth it – I can’t get over how wonderful the panoramic views are from atop!

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    • Cali
      August 26, 2017 @ 1:20 pm

      Super intense, but the views are even more incredible in person!

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  2. Missy
    August 26, 2017 @ 11:38 am

    I feel I am always told how tough hiking volcanoes and mountains will be, and yet I am still always surprised when it is difficult. I alternate between crippling self deprecation and inflated ego issues. Love the post! Now I want to hike Acatenango…

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    • Cali
      August 26, 2017 @ 1:20 pm

      Haha! I am the exact same way.

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  3. Keani
    August 26, 2017 @ 2:56 pm

    Okay this is officially on my bucket list. I have a friend that was just over in Guatemala doing some volunteer work, and some of her pictures were unbelievable! Thanks for sharing, $40 is so cheap for a guide! 🙂

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    • Cali
      August 26, 2017 @ 3:53 pm

      You’ll love it! Especially after it’s all over! I couldn’t believe it was only $40 for EVERYTHING and that they donate the proceeds!

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  4. Rachelle
    August 28, 2017 @ 12:13 pm

    Wow, what an accomplishment! I’m not a great hiker, so I would probably die doing this! If I were to attempt this hike…I would most likely train like some of the people in your group and hire a guide. No way I’d trust myself with this! Love your pictures!

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    • Cali
      August 28, 2017 @ 12:24 pm

      Hiking always seems doable…until I’m doing it. Haha! Thanks for your comment!!

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  5. Sarah
    August 28, 2017 @ 9:35 pm

    Wow that sounds like an arduous hike! Congrats on completing it!! While I would love to see a volcano from that height I’m not really the long hike type… but what a cool experience!

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    • Cali
      August 28, 2017 @ 9:45 pm

      Haha, thanks! Definitely a great experience with a full range of emotions.

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  6. Katie
    August 28, 2017 @ 10:44 pm

    Those views from the summit though! I probably would have chickened out after the earthquake and went straight to the bar (not that they are open at 7am, ha) I love that you can see Fuego erupt from Antigua. I remember when I was there we lounged in hammocks all night watching the eruptions.

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    • Cali
      August 29, 2017 @ 9:04 am

      That’s awesome! I never realized how active “active volcanoes” actually are until I went to Guatemala.

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  7. Punita Malhotra
    August 29, 2017 @ 2:57 am

    Such a great hike it must have been. A volcanoes in itself is exciting enough, but you got to see lava too! The picture may not be perfect but your memories of the experience are priceless.

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    • Cali
      August 29, 2017 @ 9:03 am

      Precisely 🙂

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  8. Ellis
    August 29, 2017 @ 5:58 am

    Well done. Sounds like it was pretty tough, but somehow it still made me want to do this too. Guatemala is pretty high on my list and hiking is one of my favourite things as well. I saved your post and will come back when the trip is about to happen. Very useful information.

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    • Cali
      August 29, 2017 @ 9:03 am

      So glad you found it helpful! I was dying to do it too before I went, despite how hard it seemed! Definitely worthwhile.

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  9. Carola
    August 30, 2017 @ 1:28 am

    This reminds me so much of my hike up Mount Cameroon! About the same height, it took us about the same time to get there just to find out there is an annual marathon and locals jog up there in flimsy shorts and shirts in 2 hours. The only thing we didn’t have was an active volcano to look at. We just had the sea.

    BTW: I appreciate the detail in your post. It’s so useful if I find everything in one place to copy a tour. Thank you!

    Happy continued travels!
    C

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    • Cali
      August 30, 2017 @ 8:17 am

      Thanks so much! I’m glad you found it useful! I also can’t believe these amazing athletes who just run up mountains, no big deal!

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  10. Megan
    August 30, 2017 @ 11:03 am

    Wow! I don’t know if I could do that hike. That does look really trying – but the photos are stunning and the experience looks amazing. Great information here, too.

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    • Cali
      August 30, 2017 @ 11:07 am

      Thanks so much!

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  11. Miranda
    August 30, 2017 @ 12:30 pm

    This actually looks really exciting! But not sure it’s for me if the hike is that cold lol… I hiked a glacier in Iceland once, and the temperature for that was miserable, so no more cold hikes for me! (and it was only one day, or part of a day I should say). & I’m all for hiking with a guide! Especially outside of your home country, they are super useful and totally know what they’re doing!

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    • Cali
      August 30, 2017 @ 3:20 pm

      Haha! This hike was so conflicting because if you stopped hiking, it was cold, but if you kept going, you were so tired and aching.

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  12. Snigdha
    September 3, 2017 @ 12:38 am

    Hiking Volcano mountain is something I’ve been longing to do. Thanks for the detailed write-up. I’ll mark this read important next time I plan a Hike Trip.

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  13. Chasing Potatoes
    September 3, 2017 @ 12:14 pm

    Whoa. This is difinitely added to my bucketlist. What great post you have here. I love the detailed guide you put in your blog and the pictures are amazingggg. This is indeed helpful to hikers who will climb Acatenango Volcano. So thank you so much for sharing. 😍😍😍

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    • Cali
      September 4, 2017 @ 11:12 am

      So glad you found it helpful!! Thank you!

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  14. Sarah
    September 3, 2017 @ 2:38 pm

    The hike looks absolutely amazing! I’d love to do something similar one day but I’m so unfit at the moment I feel like I’ need to train really hard. Seems totally worth it for that view though!

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    • Cali
      September 4, 2017 @ 11:12 am

      Definitely worth it!

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  15. Amélie
    October 21, 2017 @ 3:29 pm

    Wow! Stunning! I’m going to Guatemala in the winter (dry season) and im really considering doing this hike looking at your pictures!!! 😀 what did you bring clothing wise? was it enough to keep you warm?

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    • Cali
      October 21, 2017 @ 5:06 pm

      Awesome! I hope you decide to do it! At night, I wore a long sleeve tshirt, two sweaters, a vest, a windbreaker/raincoat, and gloves. I was cold during dinner, but warm enough in the sleeping bag to sleep. I was also very cold at the summit during sunrise the following morning. I definitely recommend a winter hat and a thermal/long underwear type layer. I think I would have been in much better shape if I brought those too!

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