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From Antigua: Pacaya Volcano Trek

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. Antigua & Guatemala: Pacaya Volcano Hike & Picnic Adventure

Explore the incredible geography of Guatemala, nestled within the Ring of Fire with over 37 volcanoes, including three currently active ones. The Pacaya Volcano, in particular, offers an unforgettable hiking experience that is both unique and safe. Situated at 8,000 feet above sea level, it provides an ideal opportunity for travellers seeking an accessible ascent and epic panoramic views, including three neighboring volcanoes visible from the summit. Your adventure begins at Casa Mandarina, located at 2da Calle Poniente 2, Antigua. Journey to the San Vicente Pacaya Visitor Center, a scenic drive that takes approximately 1.5-hours by car. We will start hiking our trail around 1,900-meters above sea level (6,300 feet), and while the ascent may be a bit steep, there are multiple resting points along the way. Enjoy a relaxing pace for the duration of the tour allowing you to savor the journey, with the ascent duration varying between 1.5 to 2 hours. It's not a race, you can take your time and enjoy the experience. Reach the top and be treated to a mesmerizing view of the active volcano. The Pacaya Volcano will remind you of the vitality of Mother Nature and its majestic presence. Keep in mind there are different types of Volcanic Activity and Pacaya has a combination of Strombolian and Plinian Erupction Activity, this means its volcanic eruptions that explode violently are not constant and eject incandescent dust, scoria, and bombs with little water vapor but the permanent activity is related to the ejection of a large amount of pumice very powerful continuous gas-driven eruptions. Spend approximately one hour at the summit, where you can absorb the incredible energy of the volcano and enjoy a delightful picnic. Savor a picnic prepare with love, we will inform menu options but we do have vegetarian and vegan alternatives.

Climb Active Pacaya Volcano: Shared Tour with Box Lunch

9. 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.

Pacaya Volcano Vistas + Pizza Cooked Under Volcanic Heat

10. Pacaya Volcano Vistas + Pizza Cooked Under Volcanic Heat

Immerse yourself in an extraordinary adventure at the base of Pacaya Volcano. Depart from the traditional hike and embark on a journey to a private property adorned with fascinating petrified lava formations and breathtaking vistas of Pacaya. Take your time to leisurely explore this unique landscape, soaking in the awe-inspiring surroundings before treating your taste buds to an indulgent experience. Feast on artisanal pizza crafted with care and cooked under the heat of volcanic rocks, a culinary delight unlike any other. Marvel at the captivating process as a skilled chef prepares your pizza before your eyes, adding an extra layer of excitement to your journey. It's an unparalleled opportunity to relish delicious flavors amidst the stunning natural beauty of Guatemala.

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Pacaya Volcano: Our most recommended tours and 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

Explore the incredible geography of Guatemala, nestled within the Ring of Fire with over 37 volcanoes, including three currently active ones. The Pacaya Volcano, in particular, offers an unforgettable hiking experience that is both unique and safe. Situated at 8,000 feet above sea level, it provides an ideal opportunity for travellers seeking an accessible ascent and epic panoramic views, including three neighboring volcanoes visible from the summit. Your adventure begins at Casa Mandarina, located at 2da Calle Poniente 2, Antigua. Journey to the San Vicente Pacaya Visitor Center, a scenic drive that takes approximately 1.5-hours by car. We will start hiking our trail around 1,900-meters above sea level (6,300 feet), and while the ascent may be a bit steep, there are multiple resting points along the way. Enjoy a relaxing pace for the duration of the tour allowing you to savor the journey, with the ascent duration varying between 1.5 to 2 hours. It's not a race, you can take your time and enjoy the experience. Reach the top and be treated to a mesmerizing view of the active volcano. The Pacaya Volcano will remind you of the vitality of Mother Nature and its majestic presence. Keep in mind there are different types of Volcanic Activity and Pacaya has a combination of Strombolian and Plinian Erupction Activity, this means its volcanic eruptions that explode violently are not constant and eject incandescent dust, scoria, and bombs with little water vapor but the permanent activity is related to the ejection of a large amount of pumice very powerful continuous gas-driven eruptions. Spend approximately one hour at the summit, where you can absorb the incredible energy of the volcano and enjoy a delightful picnic. Savor a picnic prepare with love, we will inform menu options but we do have vegetarian and vegan alternatives.

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.

Pacaya Volcano Vistas + Pizza Cooked Under Volcanic Heat

Pacaya Volcano Vistas + Pizza Cooked Under Volcanic Heat

Immerse yourself in an extraordinary adventure at the base of Pacaya Volcano. Depart from the traditional hike and embark on a journey to a private property adorned with fascinating petrified lava formations and breathtaking vistas of Pacaya. Take your time to leisurely explore this unique landscape, soaking in the awe-inspiring surroundings before treating your taste buds to an indulgent experience. Feast on artisanal pizza crafted with care and cooked under the heat of volcanic rocks, a culinary delight unlike any other. Marvel at the captivating process as a skilled chef prepares your pizza before your eyes, adding an extra layer of excitement to your journey. It's an unparalleled opportunity to relish delicious flavors amidst the stunning natural beauty of Guatemala.

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What people are saying about Pacaya Volcano

Overall rating

4.5
(256 reviews)

We liked the activity, a little stress at the beginning due to the unknown. The guides had the patience to wait and there are several breaks along the way which allow us to recover energy. It was worth the effort.

Carlos and Benjamin were exceptional guides. Just a heads up .... This is a 80-90% incline climb as well as decline so although we enjoyed it. You do have the option to take a horse up.

Pickup on time and very friendly and accomodating. Shame about the cloud but sometimes things don't go your way.

The guide is very attentive, always aware of the group. Very punctual and comfortable transportation.

Excellent tour. Slightly challenging going up the volcano but there was a option to ride the horse.z