Volcan Fuego (“Fire Volcano”) is an active volcano in Guatemala near the touristic city of Antigua. Fuego is constantly active spewing ash and smoke with mayor eruptions occurring every few years or so causing the inhabitants in nearby villages to leave their homes on a constant basis since the Spanish Conquest.
Together with Acatenango Volcano, a smaller one that allows for great views of Fuego along its neighbouring volcano Agua (“Water”), the volcanoes form a complex known as La Horqueta.
Tours and treks to the top of the volcano are offered for the very brave. With an elevation of 3,763 meters, trekkers must be in top-notch physical condition to do the climb. Tour operators are found scattered all over the city of Antigua, meaning there is not necessity to book in advance. Tours should cost no more than $100 USD for two days and one night. The trek usually takes 10 hours each day and is full of obstacles such as steep and slippery terrains, rock scrambling and more. Once at the top, your tour guide will provide you with a cup of wine while you contemplate the sunset and feel the ground shaking underneath you.
It is recommended to bring warm clothing, comfortable shoes, a tent, a sleeping bag, at least five liters of water, sunscreen, sunglasses, a wind-breaker jacket and rain gear.