1. Guatemala
  2. Sacatepéquez
  3. Antigua Guatemala
  4. Pacaya Volcano

From Antigua: Pacaya Volcano Day Hike

Product ID: 45673
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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
Starting times 8:00 AM, 2:00 PM
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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
What’s Not Included
  • 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

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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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From US$ 155 per person

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Product ID: 45673