Ready for a hike to the highest point in Central America? Then make your way to Volcán Tajumulco, a long-dormant stratovolcano that stretches 4,220 m above sea level in western Guatemala. Though its altitude is impressive, the route up to the summit only spans about 1,100 m, meaning you'll have plenty of time to enjoy the emerging views of Volcán Tacana, southern Mexico and the Pacific Ocean in the distance. And yes, they're just as impressive as they sound.
Getting up and down Tajumulco can be accomplished in one (long) day from the likes of Quetzaltenango and San Marcos, but you'll be somewhat rushed and will miss out on an incredible sunrise over the heart of Maya country. If you have the time, make it a two day excursion and set up camp either on the summit or on a flat stretch of terrain about 2/3 of the way up the trail. The main trail-head (located at the turnoff from San Marcos to Tajumulco town) is well marked, so it's possible for experienced hikers to tackle this beautiful trek solo. Otherwise, hire a good local guide, pack all the necessaries (this means water and warm clothes) and get going! This is one you won't want to miss.