Lake Atitlan Volcanoes

"The Three Giants" Atitlan, Toliman and San Pedro

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Golden-olive Woodpecker"The Three Giants"

Like many adventure travelers, wondering which volcano to hike. In Lake Atitlan there are three volcanoes Atitlán, Tolimán, and San Pedro known as “The Three Giants“, on the shores of the lake, form an impressive landscape.

Volcan Tolimán is a stratovolcano on the southern shores of Lake Atitlán. The volcano has an elevation of 3,158 m and was formed near the southern margin of the Pleistocene Atitlán III caldera. This volcano is less visited by travelers but still this requires a 4hrs to 5hrs up and 2.5hrs down.
The volcano Atitlan has been quite active historically, with more than a dozen eruptions recorded between 1469 and 1853, the date of its most recent eruption. Atitlan is part of the Central American Volcanic Arc. The arc is a chain of volcanoes stretching along Central America formed by subduction of the Cocos Plate underneath the Caribbean Plate. These volcanoes are part of the Ring of Fire around the Pacific Ocean.
If you are ready to hike this volcano, then here is what you need to know. The Atitlan Volcano has a reputation for being a tough but beautiful hike with epic views. The special characteristic of this tour is the fact you reach an elevation of 11,598 feet (3,535 meters) at the summit and overlook the Lake Atitlan and angry volcanic neighbor east, Volcan Fuego.

Volcan San Pedro,  rises above Lake Atitlán northwest of Volcán Atitlán. A long narrow bay separates Volcán Atitlán and Volcán Toliman from Volcán San Pedro. Atitlán is home to a particularly rare and beautiful bird that is endemic to the cloud forests of this region. The horned guan (Oreophasis derbianus) is a Pleistocene relic of the family Cracidae that persists today only in small fragments of its previous range. Its habitat is limited to cloud forests above approximately 1,650 metres (5,410 ft). This bird is the size of a turkey and the adult male has a one-inch scarlet-colored "horn" projecting straight up from the top of its head.

 

Some of the birds that can be seen at the volcanoes...

Horned Guan

Horned Guan (Oreophasis derbianus) is restricted to the highlands of Guatemala and Chiapas, Mexico. It can be seen at Volcano San Pedro, Toliman and Atitlan.

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Resplendent Quetzal

Large, spectacular trogon of humid evergreen and pine-evergreen forest in the mountains of southern Mexico and Central America. It is the national bird (and lends its name to the currency) of Guatemala. Can be seen only at Volcano Atitlan.

Blue-throated motmot, atitlan birding

Blue-throated motmot

Scarce inhabitant of highland forests in Chiapas, Guatemala and south to Honduras. You can see this birds in most volcanoes.

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Belted Flycatcher

Belted Flycatcher is a species of birds in the family tyrant flycatchers. It is listed as near threatened by IUCN. It is found in Lake Atitlan Guatemala. You can see this bird in some partial places of volcan San Pedro.

 

Our top birding tours in Lake Atitlan, Tarrales and el Rincon Suizo

Experienced, Bilingual and Fun Birding Guides

You can choose to book any of the below tours, as a day trip from Lake Atitlan or Antigua Guatemala.

Quetzal Birding Tour Atitlan

Day trip to see the Guatemala National Bird. Perfect morning tour for passionate birders and anyone who wants to see this magnificent bird. I want a tour to see the Quetzal

belted flycatcher atitlan birding tours

Endemic Birds in Atitlan this tour is for avid birders in search of specific birds. Belted flycatcher, White faced groud sparrow, blue-throated motmot... I would like to reserve this tour.

day tours and trips to tarrales from atitlan

Day trip to Tarrales Natural Reserve, an important birding national park for Guatemala. A top place to see docens of birds! I want to take this tour to Tarrales Reserve

Pink-headed Warbler birding tours atitlan

In search of Pink-headed Warbler a unique, beautful pink headed warbler in the world. Day trip from Lake Atitlan or Antigua. I want to take this tour including The Pink-headed Warbler