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From Antigua: Pacaya Volcano Trek

From Antigua: Pacaya Volcano Trek

Walk for 2 hours to the summit of Pacaya Volcano and enjoy stunning views. Leave from Antigua for a 1-hour bus journey to the volcano's base before immediately starting your 2-hour trek with your local guide. Hike through wonderful pine forests up to the trickier volcanic ash section and finally to the sulfur smoking cone. On occasion, you can even see small eruptions and lava flowing, depending on the activity of the volcano. From the summit, you can enjoy great views of the nearby volcanoes, Agua, Fuego, and Acatenango, the pacific lowlands, and all the way to El Salvador. To ensure your safety you won’t be able to visit the crater, but you will get an amazing view of red-hot lava flowing and steam baths created by the heat of Pacaya. Take a break and relax here as you take in more scenic views before hiking back to the base of the volcano, from where you will transfer back to your accommodation. 

From Antigua: Pacaya Volcano Tour in English/Spanish

From Antigua: Pacaya Volcano Tour in English/Spanish

After a hotel pickup, leave Antigua to the base of the Pacaya volcano. Sit back and relax on a bus for the 1-hour trip. Upon arrival, begin the climb with a local guide, walking through a large forested area. Travel along paths of the volcanic area, appreciating views of the other volcanoes in addition to the regional vegetation along the way. When you reach the plateau, see the main crater of the volcano from a distance. Observe the lava depending on the activity of the volcano and some steam baths created by the heat of the Pacaya Volcano. After soaking in spectacular views of the Agua, Fuego, and Acatenango volcanoes at the summit of Pacaya, start the descent to the base, before taking the bus back to Antigua.

Antigua: Pacaya Volcano ATV Tour

Antigua: Pacaya Volcano ATV Tour

Ride a quad bike and feel the adrenaline rush as you drive through Pacaya's. Meet your guide at the meeting point in Antigua for an action-packed adventure away from the city's crowds and chaos. So jump in our car and enjoy the ride as you head to San Vicente Pacaya. Watch as your guide gives you a quick safety induction before you hop on the ATV. First, you will jump on the ATV at San Vicente Pacaya, where you will explore the areas near and around the Pacaya Volcano, surrounded by lush forests and rocks.  Feel the endorphins rush through your body as you enjoy an exhilarating quad bike ride through various trails and to the local village located at the volcano's base. Dive through different off-road trails, and ride through volcanic sand and lava fields inside a private plantation. Ride to the Calderas Lagoon and admire the beautiful turquoise waters. Enjoy eating a tasty sandwich as you take in the views. Make sure you take your camera as you want to take many photos.  Finally, you will enjoy a convenient lift back to Antigua when your tour ends. End your adventure on a high as you go home with memories that last forever. 

From Guatemala City or Antigua: Pacaya Volcano Day Tour

From Guatemala City or Antigua: Pacaya Volcano Day Tour

Come and see the Pacaya Volcano: the most active volcano in Guatemala at 2,500 meters (more than 8,000 feet). Witness spectacular views of the lagoon of Calderas and three other volcanoes: Agua, Fuego and Acatenango. The surrounding area is an experience unto itself, composed in large part of humid forest and rocks. After a walk through volcanic sand paths, with great views of the volcanoes and unique vegetation, you´ll arrive at the plateau where you can see the main crater of the volcano. Today, you can't visit the crater of the volcano for security reasons, but you will see the lava (if active) and some steam baths created by the heat of the Pacaya Volcano. At the volcano, you'll have the opportunity to get an up-close look at the volcano. After a thrilling day of exploration and dramatic views, you will arrive back at your hotel.

From Antigua: Pacaya Volcano Day Hike

From Antigua: Pacaya Volcano Day Hike

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).

Pacaya Volcano Tour and Hot Springs with Lunch

Pacaya Volcano Tour and Hot Springs with Lunch

This day you will visit the Pacaya National Park. Visit to the most active volcano in Guatemala, its 2500 m. above the sea; the environment is formed by humid forest and rocks. Transfer to the foot of the volcano Pacaya and from there,we start hiking from the San Vicente de Pacaya village and begin ascent route is estimate at 60 minutes of walking up to a distance of approximately 50m from the craterat the top you can see down into the crater to the lava as well as experience the energy of an active volcano. Pacaya Volcano remains one of the active volcanoes of Guatemala. After the visit and explored of the Pacaya Volcano we continue to Kawilal Hot Springs to have time to take lunch   ( Included ). Kawilal is a world of relaxation, where the most important elements of nature are present in this unique place of hot springs, in our environment are mixed fire and heat from Pacaya Volcano who gives us the thermal waters and steams. Has a complex that promotes sustainable tourism in our country, and has 12 thermal pools, Thermal Circuit, 25 Steam Baths, and 3 Hydrotherapy Baths. The spa offers Relaxing Massages, Reflexology, Shiatsu Relaxing, Manicure and Pedicure among others, within our facilities are also Fonda Del Castillo, a restaurant with international with fast food service. At the end of the Tour Transfer to Antigua Guatemala.

Pacaya Volcano Tour & Hot Springs from Guatemala City

Pacaya Volcano Tour & Hot Springs from Guatemala City

This day you will visit the Pacaya National Park. Visit to the most active volcano in Guatemala, its 2500 m. above the sea; the environment is formed by humid forest and rocks.  Transfer to the foot of the volcano Pacaya and from there, you start hiking from the San Vicente de Pacaya village and begin the ascent. The route is approximately 60 minutes of walking and up to a distance of approximately 50 meters from the crater. At the top, you can see down into the crater to the lava as well as experience the energy of an active volcano. Pacaya Volcano remains one of the active volcanoes of Guatemala. At the end of your walk you will reach a rocky and arid area where you can see the volcano and lava flows, and where you can cook marshmallows. Time to take photographs. You will then begin your descent and during your journey you will find the Lava Store, where you can feel free to buy a souvenir made with volcanic material. After the visit and exploration of the Pacaya Volcano, you continue to Kawilal Hot Springs where you will have lunch (included). Kawilal is a world of relaxation, where the most important elements of nature are present in this unique place of hot springs. In this environment, fire and heat from the Pacaya Volcano creates the thermal waters and steams. This is a complex that promotes sustainable tourism in Guatemala, and has 12 thermal pools, Thermal Circuit, 25 Steam Baths, and 3 Hydrotherapy Baths. The spa offers Relaxing Massages, Reflexology, Shiatsu Relaxing, Manicure and Pedicure among activities. Within these facilities is also Fonda Del Castillo, a restaurant with international with fast food service.

Antigua & Guatemala: Pacaya Volcano Hike & Picnic Adventure

Antigua & Guatemala: Pacaya Volcano Hike & Picnic Adventure

Nestled within the Ring of Fire and boasting over 37 volcanoes, Guatemala's geography is nothing short of extraordinary. Among its four currently active volcanoes, Pacaya stands out it violently erupted multiple times in the last century giving us the last one in April 2021 and has remained in constant activity ever since. Much of its eruptive activity is Strombolian meaing it has gases and ashes eruptions, with occasional Plinian. Despite its activity, Pacaya is safe to climb and offers an unforgettable hiking experience. Its easy to medium difficult to ascent becoming the best destination for those seeking outdoor adventure with limited time and stunning views. Along the way, you can stop to roast marshmallows in the steam vents, adding a fun and memorable twist to your journey.

Antigua: Marshmallows Roasting at Pacaya Volcano 6-hour Tour

Antigua: Marshmallows Roasting at Pacaya Volcano 6-hour Tour

Get ready for an unforgettable adventure with our exclusive tour to the majestic Pacaya Volcano! From the comfort of your hotel in the charming town of Antigua Guatemala, we'll whisk you away on a scenic one-hour drive directly to the base of Pacaya, where your journey into the heart of volcanic beauty begins. Upon arrival, you'll be greeted by friendly locals offering helpful services to enhance your climb, including handcrafted wooden trekking poles, snacks, and expert guides who know every hidden gem along the trail. A modest entrance fee of Q100 per person opens the gate to this spectacular natural wonder. As we embark on the trail, you might find it wet underfoot, adding a thrilling challenge to your hike. Although the path is not overly difficult, the first 15 minutes will warm you up and get your heart pumping! Don't worry, though—our knowledgeable guide will ensure there are plenty of stops to catch your breath. These pauses are not only restful but also perfect moments to soak in the stunning vistas that unfold around you. The ascent to the volcano's summit takes approximately two hours, but every step is filled with breathtaking landscapes and the anticipation of reaching one of nature's most incredible displays. At the peak, the environment transforms dramatically into a vast field of petrified lava—a stark and awe-inspiring sight. Here, an extraordinary experience awaits: roasting marshmallows over the heat of an active volcano! How often does life offer you the chance to enjoy such a unique treat in the midst of volcanic wonder? Take your time to enjoy the surroundings, snap those perfect shots (make sure to gather some photo inspiration from social media to capture the awe-inspiring scenery in creative ways), and revel in the beauty of nature's power. After savoring the peak experience, we'll begin our descent, winding back down the volcano with the setting sun illuminating our path. The descent is smooth and filled with reflective moments as you look back at the summit you've conquered. Our comfortable bus will be waiting to take you back to Antigua, dropping you off right at your hotel or meeting point, with your heart full and spirits high. Join us for this adventure where every step tells a story, and bring home memories that will last a lifetime. Can't wait to see you there!

Climb Active Pacaya Volcano: Shared Tour with Box Lunch

Climb Active Pacaya Volcano: Shared Tour with Box Lunch

Your adventure begins with a convenient hotel pick-up, where our friendly team will greet you. From there, we'll whisk you away on a scenic drive, just 1.5 hours to the captivating Pacaya Volcano. As you arrive at the volcano's base, anticipation fills the air. The hike begins, and you'll find yourself surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of Guatemala. The ascent is smooth and gradual, making it accessible for hikers of all levels. As you progress, the landscape transforms, revealing panoramic vistas. Reaching the summit is a moment of triumph. Amidst this awe-inspiring backdrop, we'll indulge in a box lunch. Eventually, it's time to begin the descent, which takes just an hour. Finally, we'll ensure a comfortable hotel drop-off.

Escuintla Department

Escuintla Department

Our most recommended Escuintla Department Spring activities

From Antigua: Pacaya Volcano Trek

From Antigua: Pacaya Volcano Trek

Walk for 2 hours to the summit of Pacaya Volcano and enjoy stunning views. Leave from Antigua for a 1-hour bus journey to the volcano's base before immediately starting your 2-hour trek with your local guide. Hike through wonderful pine forests up to the trickier volcanic ash section and finally to the sulfur smoking cone. On occasion, you can even see small eruptions and lava flowing, depending on the activity of the volcano. From the summit, you can enjoy great views of the nearby volcanoes, Agua, Fuego, and Acatenango, the pacific lowlands, and all the way to El Salvador. To ensure your safety you won’t be able to visit the crater, but you will get an amazing view of red-hot lava flowing and steam baths created by the heat of Pacaya. Take a break and relax here as you take in more scenic views before hiking back to the base of the volcano, from where you will transfer back to your accommodation. 

From Antigua: Pacaya Volcano Tour in English/Spanish

From Antigua: Pacaya Volcano Tour in English/Spanish

After a hotel pickup, leave Antigua to the base of the Pacaya volcano. Sit back and relax on a bus for the 1-hour trip. Upon arrival, begin the climb with a local guide, walking through a large forested area. Travel along paths of the volcanic area, appreciating views of the other volcanoes in addition to the regional vegetation along the way. When you reach the plateau, see the main crater of the volcano from a distance. Observe the lava depending on the activity of the volcano and some steam baths created by the heat of the Pacaya Volcano. After soaking in spectacular views of the Agua, Fuego, and Acatenango volcanoes at the summit of Pacaya, start the descent to the base, before taking the bus back to Antigua.

Antigua: Pacaya Volcano ATV Tour

Antigua: Pacaya Volcano ATV Tour

Ride a quad bike and feel the adrenaline rush as you drive through Pacaya's. Meet your guide at the meeting point in Antigua for an action-packed adventure away from the city's crowds and chaos. So jump in our car and enjoy the ride as you head to San Vicente Pacaya. Watch as your guide gives you a quick safety induction before you hop on the ATV. First, you will jump on the ATV at San Vicente Pacaya, where you will explore the areas near and around the Pacaya Volcano, surrounded by lush forests and rocks.  Feel the endorphins rush through your body as you enjoy an exhilarating quad bike ride through various trails and to the local village located at the volcano's base. Dive through different off-road trails, and ride through volcanic sand and lava fields inside a private plantation. Ride to the Calderas Lagoon and admire the beautiful turquoise waters. Enjoy eating a tasty sandwich as you take in the views. Make sure you take your camera as you want to take many photos.  Finally, you will enjoy a convenient lift back to Antigua when your tour ends. End your adventure on a high as you go home with memories that last forever. 

From Guatemala City or Antigua: Pacaya Volcano Day Tour

From Guatemala City or Antigua: Pacaya Volcano Day Tour

Come and see the Pacaya Volcano: the most active volcano in Guatemala at 2,500 meters (more than 8,000 feet). Witness spectacular views of the lagoon of Calderas and three other volcanoes: Agua, Fuego and Acatenango. The surrounding area is an experience unto itself, composed in large part of humid forest and rocks. After a walk through volcanic sand paths, with great views of the volcanoes and unique vegetation, you´ll arrive at the plateau where you can see the main crater of the volcano. Today, you can't visit the crater of the volcano for security reasons, but you will see the lava (if active) and some steam baths created by the heat of the Pacaya Volcano. At the volcano, you'll have the opportunity to get an up-close look at the volcano. After a thrilling day of exploration and dramatic views, you will arrive back at your hotel.

From Antigua: Pacaya Volcano Day Hike

From Antigua: Pacaya Volcano Day Hike

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).

Pacaya Volcano Tour and Hot Springs with Lunch

Pacaya Volcano Tour and Hot Springs with Lunch

This day you will visit the Pacaya National Park. Visit to the most active volcano in Guatemala, its 2500 m. above the sea; the environment is formed by humid forest and rocks. Transfer to the foot of the volcano Pacaya and from there,we start hiking from the San Vicente de Pacaya village and begin ascent route is estimate at 60 minutes of walking up to a distance of approximately 50m from the craterat the top you can see down into the crater to the lava as well as experience the energy of an active volcano. Pacaya Volcano remains one of the active volcanoes of Guatemala. After the visit and explored of the Pacaya Volcano we continue to Kawilal Hot Springs to have time to take lunch   ( Included ). Kawilal is a world of relaxation, where the most important elements of nature are present in this unique place of hot springs, in our environment are mixed fire and heat from Pacaya Volcano who gives us the thermal waters and steams. Has a complex that promotes sustainable tourism in our country, and has 12 thermal pools, Thermal Circuit, 25 Steam Baths, and 3 Hydrotherapy Baths. The spa offers Relaxing Massages, Reflexology, Shiatsu Relaxing, Manicure and Pedicure among others, within our facilities are also Fonda Del Castillo, a restaurant with international with fast food service. At the end of the Tour Transfer to Antigua Guatemala.

Pacaya Volcano Tour & Hot Springs from Guatemala City

Pacaya Volcano Tour & Hot Springs from Guatemala City

This day you will visit the Pacaya National Park. Visit to the most active volcano in Guatemala, its 2500 m. above the sea; the environment is formed by humid forest and rocks.  Transfer to the foot of the volcano Pacaya and from there, you start hiking from the San Vicente de Pacaya village and begin the ascent. The route is approximately 60 minutes of walking and up to a distance of approximately 50 meters from the crater. At the top, you can see down into the crater to the lava as well as experience the energy of an active volcano. Pacaya Volcano remains one of the active volcanoes of Guatemala. At the end of your walk you will reach a rocky and arid area where you can see the volcano and lava flows, and where you can cook marshmallows. Time to take photographs. You will then begin your descent and during your journey you will find the Lava Store, where you can feel free to buy a souvenir made with volcanic material. After the visit and exploration of the Pacaya Volcano, you continue to Kawilal Hot Springs where you will have lunch (included). Kawilal is a world of relaxation, where the most important elements of nature are present in this unique place of hot springs. In this environment, fire and heat from the Pacaya Volcano creates the thermal waters and steams. This is a complex that promotes sustainable tourism in Guatemala, and has 12 thermal pools, Thermal Circuit, 25 Steam Baths, and 3 Hydrotherapy Baths. The spa offers Relaxing Massages, Reflexology, Shiatsu Relaxing, Manicure and Pedicure among activities. Within these facilities is also Fonda Del Castillo, a restaurant with international with fast food service.

Antigua & Guatemala: Pacaya Volcano Hike & Picnic Adventure

Antigua & Guatemala: Pacaya Volcano Hike & Picnic Adventure

Nestled within the Ring of Fire and boasting over 37 volcanoes, Guatemala's geography is nothing short of extraordinary. Among its four currently active volcanoes, Pacaya stands out it violently erupted multiple times in the last century giving us the last one in April 2021 and has remained in constant activity ever since. Much of its eruptive activity is Strombolian meaing it has gases and ashes eruptions, with occasional Plinian. Despite its activity, Pacaya is safe to climb and offers an unforgettable hiking experience. Its easy to medium difficult to ascent becoming the best destination for those seeking outdoor adventure with limited time and stunning views. Along the way, you can stop to roast marshmallows in the steam vents, adding a fun and memorable twist to your journey.

Antigua: Marshmallows Roasting at Pacaya Volcano 6-hour Tour

Antigua: Marshmallows Roasting at Pacaya Volcano 6-hour Tour

Get ready for an unforgettable adventure with our exclusive tour to the majestic Pacaya Volcano! From the comfort of your hotel in the charming town of Antigua Guatemala, we'll whisk you away on a scenic one-hour drive directly to the base of Pacaya, where your journey into the heart of volcanic beauty begins. Upon arrival, you'll be greeted by friendly locals offering helpful services to enhance your climb, including handcrafted wooden trekking poles, snacks, and expert guides who know every hidden gem along the trail. A modest entrance fee of Q100 per person opens the gate to this spectacular natural wonder. As we embark on the trail, you might find it wet underfoot, adding a thrilling challenge to your hike. Although the path is not overly difficult, the first 15 minutes will warm you up and get your heart pumping! Don't worry, though—our knowledgeable guide will ensure there are plenty of stops to catch your breath. These pauses are not only restful but also perfect moments to soak in the stunning vistas that unfold around you. The ascent to the volcano's summit takes approximately two hours, but every step is filled with breathtaking landscapes and the anticipation of reaching one of nature's most incredible displays. At the peak, the environment transforms dramatically into a vast field of petrified lava—a stark and awe-inspiring sight. Here, an extraordinary experience awaits: roasting marshmallows over the heat of an active volcano! How often does life offer you the chance to enjoy such a unique treat in the midst of volcanic wonder? Take your time to enjoy the surroundings, snap those perfect shots (make sure to gather some photo inspiration from social media to capture the awe-inspiring scenery in creative ways), and revel in the beauty of nature's power. After savoring the peak experience, we'll begin our descent, winding back down the volcano with the setting sun illuminating our path. The descent is smooth and filled with reflective moments as you look back at the summit you've conquered. Our comfortable bus will be waiting to take you back to Antigua, dropping you off right at your hotel or meeting point, with your heart full and spirits high. Join us for this adventure where every step tells a story, and bring home memories that will last a lifetime. Can't wait to see you there!

Climb Active Pacaya Volcano: Shared Tour with Box Lunch

Climb Active Pacaya Volcano: Shared Tour with Box Lunch

Your adventure begins with a convenient hotel pick-up, where our friendly team will greet you. From there, we'll whisk you away on a scenic drive, just 1.5 hours to the captivating Pacaya Volcano. As you arrive at the volcano's base, anticipation fills the air. The hike begins, and you'll find yourself surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of Guatemala. The ascent is smooth and gradual, making it accessible for hikers of all levels. As you progress, the landscape transforms, revealing panoramic vistas. Reaching the summit is a moment of triumph. Amidst this awe-inspiring backdrop, we'll indulge in a box lunch. Eventually, it's time to begin the descent, which takes just an hour. Finally, we'll ensure a comfortable hotel drop-off.

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