Private Hike to a Sacred Lagoon on a Crater Volcano - Full-Day Tour from Xela

Private Hike to a Sacred Lagoon on a Crater Volcano - Full-Day Tour from Xela

The Volcano and Lagoon of Chicabal are a must on your visit to Xela. Go on this easy hike and visit the volcano´s crater full of water, now considered a sacred place for the Mayans.

In Guatemala, there are only two volcanoes with a lagoon on their crater, and this is one of them. Many Mayans come to the crater lagoon to practice ceremonies, have direct communication with their ancestors and gods, and be surrounded by nature.

Because this is considered a sacred place, it is not permitted to swim in the lagoon, however, you will appreciate up close the Mayan beliefs whether you see a ceremony or not. If you don´t see one, you will not miss the chance to see all the bouquets on the shore, left there by people as offerings or to say thanks for a favor answered.

This is an all-included package, so you don´t have to worry about your transportation, entrance tickets, tourist guide, lunch, or, anything else. We will coordinate everything for you, so you just enjoy the experience.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

We will start with this tour by picking you up at the lobby of your hotel located in the central area of Xela or nearby the central park. Our professional team, tour guide, and bus pilot will be ready to pick you up on time and without inconvenience. The tour will start at 8:00 AM, so you have enough time to have breakfast and, get ready for the upcoming adventure at Volcano and Lagoon of Chicabal.

The ride will take us only 1 hour to get there. Once we get to the general area of the volcano, a 4WD vehicle will be waiting for us to take us to the entrance and where we pay for our admission tickets.

Remember to bring hiking shoes, that is very important as the weather up there is cold and wet, and the soil could be a little slippery. You may also bring mosquito repellent and sun protection, as well as some healthy snacks to give you energy in case you need it such as raisins, granola bars, nuts, or similar.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Laguna Chicabal, Quetzaltenango Guatemala

After we get to the entrance of the volcano, we will go to the viewpoint where we will have a great view of the lagoon. Spend some time there appreciating nature, the peace, and the fresh air, and then go downstairs to the shore of the crater lagoon.

Once you get to the shore, you will feel a pleasant energy surrounding you.

This is a sacred place for Mayan people as they come here to do ceremonies, pray, and ask their ancestors for favors. If you are lucky enough, you will see a ceremony right before your eyes (if we get permission from the Mayan priest and the indigenous people witnessing the ceremony). If there´s no ceremony taking place, you will definitely see many bouquets decorating the shore, they are offerings for favors asked.

If the weather is on our side, you will have a clear view of the entire lagoon and even witness a local legend, we are talking about the Mayan God that descends from heaven in form of mist, skims the water, and leaves back to heaven.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Laguna Chicabal, Quetzaltenango Guatemala

After our visit full of mysticism, culture, and nature, we will go to a cozy restaurant nearby the Volcano. Please feel free to rest, eat deliciously and have some free time. After this stop, we will return to Xela, back to your hotel. Enjoy your lunch!

*If you have any meal requirements, please reach out to us via email or phone, so we can coordinate a restaurant that suits your needs. You are our #1 priority.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

At the end of the tour, we will be back at your hotel. We hope that you enjoy this experience to the fullest and don´t miss any of Quetzaltenango´s highlights. We hope to see you back soon to show you more incredible locations in Guatemala!

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Informacion Adicional
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Not recommended for travelers with back problems"
"Not recommended for pregnant travelers"
"No heart problems or other serious medical conditions"
"Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level"
"Please make sure to bring hiking shoes, sun protection, mosquito repellent, and healthy snacks"
"This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate"
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"

Horário de Início: 08:00 AM
Duração: 8 Hours
Ponto de partida: Traveler pickup is offered
We offer hotel pick up and drop off. Our staff will meet you at the lobby of your hotel and will ask for you at the front desk.

Cancelamentos e reembolsos: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.


  • Private transportation
  • Air conditioning in the vehicle
  • Certified tour guide
  • Shared 4WD transportation to get to the entrance of the volcano
  • Entrance fee to the Volcano
  • Lunch
  • Bottled water
  • Entry/Admission - Laguna Chicabal

Não Incluído

  • Gratuities


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