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 Height:3,158 mts.
 You will watch the Atitlán volcano and will have a wonderful panoramic view of Lake Atitlán.

Liza Vielman


Twin volcano

The Tolimán volcano is located in the towns of San Lucas Tolimán and Santiago Atitlán, Department ofSololá. It is the twin volcano of the Atitlán volcano and it is located in the south side of the Atitlán Lake, at the Tolimán Bay, Department ofSololá.


-Considering the forests of this region, it is advisable to wear jeans, appropriate shoes and a little loose to avoid painful blisters. Remember to carry a jacket to protect you from the wind in the summit.


The rocks in the volcano are andesine pyroxene with hornblende and it is a type of stratum volcano, meaning continuous layers of volcanic rock and sand have formed it. The lava it expelled is sticky and thick. To the north side of this volcano a lava dome known as "Cerro de Oro" is located.

It has two peaks: At the south side is the tallest peak with a height of 3158 meters and at the north side is the other one with a height of 3134 meters. However, the main cone is located in the north and in the top it has a rocky elliptical crater of 40 meters of depth and a diameter of 150 to 200 meters. The cone that can be better considered as a lateral cone also possess a small crater on its top.


This volcano was formed after the sinking of the depression known today as Lake Atitlán and that is a volcanic boiler. Afterwards the Atitlán and San Pedro volcanoes were formed, among others.


Interesting Tourist Areas:

This is a very difficult volcano to climb, so it is advisable to return to Guatemala City through the opposite side from where you started the approaching route.
1) If you entered through the village of Godinez, the most convenient would be to take the road through the south coast. You will have to seek the detour to Patulul and then to Guatemala City.
2) If you entered by the south coast, you could go back using the road to the west. This means that you can make the journey leaving through Panajachel and then to Guatemala City,

NOTE: The indigenous of San Lucas Tolimán speak tz´utuhil, instead the indigenous of Panajachel speak kaqchikel.

How to get there:

To arrive to this volcano you can choose one of these two routes:
a) Through the south coast
This is the most convenient way to climb. You should take the road toEscuintlaand continue the journey until you get to the crossroad to the village of Cocales at the kilometer 113. In here you cross towards Patulul and continue until you arrive to the town of San Lucas Tolimán. Approximately four kilometers before arriving to this town you will find the Pampojilá property. Then you start the journey by foot and you turn towards the existing fork between this volcano and the Atitlán volcano. It is advisable to hire the assistance of a local person to guide you to the top.
b) Through the west

Another way is taking the Interamerican road towards the west and drive looking for the cross towards Panajachel. It the kilometer 117 you must turn to the left towards the village of Godinez and continue the journey towards San Lucas Tolimán. Always, looking for the Pampojilá property. Here, it is also advisable to hire the assistance of a local person to serve as guide to the top.

This volcano, compared with the Atitlán volcano is also taller. Its slopes are steep and the walk to the summit is exhaustive. It has big gorges, a thick forest and plenty of wood. In order to climb it, you need to have a good physical preparation.

From the beginning of the climbing, you must locate the path so you don't get lost. The climbing time of this volcano is approximately 8 hours and the descending time is 4 hours.

Photography: Alfredo Mackeney y Miguel Suárez