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From Antigua: Pacaya Volcano Day Hike

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Activity provider: Old Town Outfitters

From Antigua: Pacaya Volcano Day Hike

Activity provider: Old Town Outfitters

From US$ 135 per person

Pacaya, one of Guatemala’s youngest volcanoes, offers climbers a unique glance into the geologic bowels of the earth. A relatively easy climb of 1.5 hours up brings you to recent lava flows and a smoking crater looming above.

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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English

Experience

Highlights
  • See one of Guatemala’s main tourist attractions away from the ‘cattle rush’ of tourists
  • Roast marshmellows above volcanic heat vents
  • Walk across thousands of years old dried lava flows, and through lush forests and farmland
  • Enjoy a fresh picnic lunch below the smoking cinder cone in a barren land of lava rock
  • See views of nearby towering volcanoes, and even to the Pacific coast
  • Take a spa option and spend time after the hike soothing your sore muscles with a massage, hydrotherapy, and dip in a thermal pool
Full description
Volcano Pacaya (8370ft/2552m) may not be Guatemala’s highest peak, however its slopes and unique landscapes are certainly of some of the most impressive volcanic landscapes in all of Central America. Set in its own National Park, Pacaya is a storybook volcano with a continuous plume of smoke drifting from its summit and a massive dried lava field forming the valley at the base of its caldera. The group meets in Antigua at 08:00 (for a morning hike) or 14:00 (for a sunset hike) – where drinking water, bathroom facilities, and retail outdoor equipment are available. Your drive to the trailhead is just over 1 hour in private transport from Antigua to the Park Office. As the group moves up the myriad of trails on the mountain, Guatemala’s impressive vistas open up before you. As you reach the base of the caldera, your guide will direct the group through the rugged dried lava fields, recently reformed by a massive eruption in 2010. No matter what conditions you encounter on the mountain, the group will have the opportunity to traverse unique volcanic-rock landscapes as you ascend towards the peak. Here the group will stop for a freshly prepared picnic to enjoy along with views of nearby volcanoes Agua, Fuego and Acatenango. There will be plenty of opportunity to explore geothermal hot-spots on the cooled lava formations – which are always available to help roast marshmallows! The hike down brings across the remaining dried lava fields before you begin your descent through Pacaya’s lush and lesser known forests and farmland. After your hike down to the trailhead, the group returns to Antigua by private transport to arrive in town at roughly 16:00 (day hike) or 20:30 (sunset hike).
Includes
  • Round-trip transportation from Antigua
  • All park entrance fees
  • Freshly prepared picnic lunch/dinner served on the mountain
  • Full tour of Volcan Pacaya by a local, bilingual guide with certified first aid training
  • Hiking boots or trekking shoes (no sandals)
  • Daypack with rain cover
  • One warm layer and/or windbreaker
  • Rain jacket (May through to October)
  • Personal toiletries and/or medications
  • Camera, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen
  • Drinking water
  • Flashlight (for sunset-hike)
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided

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Meeting point

Old Town Outfitters Shop 5a Avenida Sur #12c (Corner of 5a Avenida and 6a Calle, one block south of Central Park)

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Open-toed shoes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

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Vinicio was our tour guide and he was AMAZING! We had the best time! Vinnie was kind, accommodating, full of information and offered wonderful conversational. He showed and taught us so much about the area! Vinnie also prepared a wonderful picnic lunch for us and was always down for a good photo opportunity. Would absolutely 100% recommend to anyone and will definitely be back again!

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May 10, 2022

This experience exceeded nearly every expectation. From meeting the guide at the shop in Antigua, to arriving back afterward I was blown away. The customer service and dedication were excellent. Just what I came to expect in Guatemala. The van ride was comfortable and all were masked. All the paperwork was in order and we had one stop to check in and get me a wristband before starting the hike. Our local guide spoke decent English and was wonderful to have along. He stopped to point out the lava flows from a few months earlier and various unique plants and wildlife. Oh, be sure to bring extra cash: there's a Lava Store just before the main site! Also, you'll want to tip your guide. He hikes the whole way! I had a tasty gooey marshmallow, got wonderful pictures of Pacaya and a nice, simple picnic before returning down. It's a challenging hike, but not crazy hard.

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December 15, 2021

It is worth getting to the top. The view is incredible. The 10 quetzales paid for the sticks that the children sell (rent) to climb. If you go at night, take flashlights, I recommend the ones that you put on your head to keep your hands free.

January 3, 2022

Product ID: 45673