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Pacaya Volcano Tours

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Pacaya Volcano
This 8,373-foot (2,552-meter) smoking peak is one of Guatemala’s most accessible active volcanoes. Its upper reaches feature lava formations formed by recent flows, as well as vents that puff up steaming hot air, while its summit affords spectacular views of nearby volcanoes including Agua, Acatenango, and Fuego. 

The Basics
Hike from the base of Pacaya to the lofty shelf just below the smoking cinder cone. The ascent takes about 1.5 hours, and coming down is usually faster. Visitors must hire a guide to accompany them on the climb.

Most hikers go as part of an organized tour; these generally include round-trip transportation from Antigua or Guatemala City, as well as a guide to accompany them during the volcano hike. Full-day tours typically begin with a morning ascent up the volcano followed by lunch and a relaxing afternoon at nearby hot springs. You also can complete part of the ascent on horseback, disembarking for the final walk across the solidified lava fields beneath the cone.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Bring cash to pay your entrance fee to Pacaya National Park.
  • Wooden sticks that serve as hiking aids can be bought at the base.
  • Wear shoes with good grip, as volcanic scree (loose rock fragments) can be slippery.
  • While glowing red lava flow used to be commonplace, it is now a rare sight on Pacaya. 

How to Get There
Pacaya is about 15 miles (25 kilometers) southeast of Antigua. Driving from Antigua takes about 60–75 minutes. Getting there by public transportation requires transfers, so if you don’t have access to a car, it’s best to go as part of an organized tour.

When to Get There 
Pacaya is best hiked during the dry season, from November to April. Start your hike in the early morning or later in the afternoon to avoid trekking during the hottest part of the day. During the rainy season, time your hike for morning when skies are typically clearer. 

Ascending Pacaya
The lower part of the trail leads past coffee plantations and through forests, with trees on either side providing welcoming shade. The further up you go, the more barren the landscape becomes, with large parts of the upper slopes carpeted in loose rock fragments ejected during previous eruptions. While these lava fragments have cooled and solidified, small gaps still emit enough heat to cook food or roast a marshmallow.
Address: Escuintla, Guatemala
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Pacaya Volcano Excursion from Guatemala City

Visit the Pacaya Volcano on a full-day tour from Guatemala City that allows you to view the active volcano from a safe distance. Your tour includes round-trip transfers from major hotels in Guatemala City, and a comfortable ride in an air-conditioned minivan. Hear insightful commentary from the guide, and get great photo ops along the way.
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Enjoy the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation on this 9-hour day trip, ascending Pacaya Volcano and then soaking your muscles at Kawilal Hot Springs. Scale the 8,300-foot (2,500-meter) heights of Pacaya, one of the most active volcanoes in Guatemala. At the top you’ll be able to peer down into the boiling lava of the crater and feel the earth’s rumble. Descend back down from the summit to enjoy an included lunch and soak in the thermal waters of Kawilal Hot Springs, including 12 soaking pools, 25 steam baths and 3 hydrotherapy baths. Your Pacaya day trip also includes entrance fees, a guide and round-trip hotel transport.
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This is a safe activity to enjoy with the family. The Pacaya Day Tour is the most easily accessible way to have a close encounter with an active volcano! The volcanic activity forms spectacular peculiarity, the creation of several lava rivers that flow down its slope. You cannot miss this real adventure during your time in Guatemala. You can climb or rent a horse or mule to make it more comfortable to the summit. You can toast marshmallows and bring comfortable boots or strong shoes, sun protector, hat, camera, comfortable clothes, binoculars, insect repellent, jacket, water.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Pacaya Volcano can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 13 Pacaya Volcano tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Pacaya Volcano costs USD 33.75. Guided Pacaya Volcano tours start around USD 33.75 per person. See all 13 Pacaya Volcano tickets and tours on Viator.
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