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Pacaya Volcano
Pacaya Volcano is considered Guatemala’s most active volcano and is believed to have first erupted approximately 23,000 years ago. Pacaya has erupted a number of times since and has had an active status since 1965. It stands at more than 8,300 feet (2.5 km) at its tallest point and is part of the Central American Volcanic Arc.

One of the most notable eruptions was in 2010, when Pacaya erupted multiple times in one day, raining ash on a number of towns, including part of Guatemala City. Schools and the airport were affected by the raincloud of ash, causing the president to declare a state of calamity. This was further complicated by torrential rain from Tropical Storm Agatha, which had caused flooding and landslides in the region. In March 2014, Pacaya erupted again, and officials discussed whether to evacuate several thousand people who lived near the volcano’s base. This eruption sent another huge ash cloud into the air and caused a number of flights to be diverted.

Despite Pacaya’s active status, it remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in Guatemala. Hikers stop along the caldera’s lagoon to marvel at the views of Agua, Fuego and Acatenango, all neighboring volcanoes. If you continue up, you will have even better views of both the Guatemalan landscape and Pacaya’s main crater. Due to safety reasons, visitors are not permitted to visit the crater itself, but you can’t miss the red-flowing lava and steam baths. 

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Pacaya Volcano is conveniently located near Guatemala City and Antigua, making tours possible from either city. Most tours to Pacaya include a 2.5-hour hike up the volcano with an expert guide. Travelers concerned about the volcano’s status shouldn't worry; officials constantly monitor Pacaya for potential activity and are well equipped to handle emergency situations.
Address: Escuintla, Guatemala
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Hike to Pacaya Volcano from Antigua

Pacaya Volcano is one of the most active--and most popular--in all of Guatemala. Stationed some 2,500 meters above sea level, this destination is an ideal spot for travelers who want an easy hike, epic views, and some memorable stories. This tour allows you the comfort and ease of pre-arranged transportation to ensure you get the most out of your hike.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours

Airport & Ground Transfers

Pacaya Trek Volcano Round-Trip Transportation from Antigua

Explore Guatemala City and take a voyage to the top of the Pacaya Volcano in Antigua on this guided, 7-hour walking tour. This active complex volcano first erupted 23,000 years ago. Recent years have included frequent, moderate eruptions, lava flow emissions and intermittent phases of lava fountaining. Choose from an early morning or mid-afternoon departure time. Then after a 1-hour bus ride to the base of the volcano, trek to the top and bring a camera to capture the moment. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Pacaya Volcano Hike (half-day)

This tour provides a unique, up-close experience on the slopes of an active volcano! The two hour climb will surely leave you a bit breathless, but the views are worth it. You will be able to clamber over volcanic rock, roast marshmallows in heat vents, and potentially see erupting ash and lava. For those looking for a less-active experience, you can rent a horse by negotiating a price before the climb starts! Please note that Pacaya is an ACTIVE volcano, and due to safety regulations, you cannot walk up to the summit. Pacaya spews hot ash, rock, and lava, and travelers visit at their own risk. This is the easiest volcano climb in Guatemala that gets you up close and personal with an active volcano, however, it is still a two-hour uphill hike. You must provide your pick-up address at the time of booking, including hotel name.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Day Tour to Pacaya Volcano from Antigua Guatemala on Private Vehicle

Our Pacaya Day tour starts at 7:00 am. Our driver will pick you up at your hotel´s door. The transportation services are private for you and your companion or group. All our vans are A/C, reclinable seats and cooler on board. The drive from Antigua to Pacaya Volcano National Park takes 1:30hrs. The activity difficulty is moderate, taking around two hours. Once you go down, you have free time for refreshments. The detailed itinerary goes as follows:07:00 am - Antigua hotel pick up08:30 am - Arrival at Pacaya National Park08:45 am - Guide meeting and Hiking tour at a place11:00 am - Arrival to the top and time to enjoy the view11:30 am - Return to the van12:30 am - Free time for refreshments (Bottled water and Soda or beer included per person)01:00 pm - transfer from Pacaya NP to Antigua Guatemala02:30 pm - Arrival at hotel in Antigua
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Full-day Tours

Pacaya Volcano Tour from Guatemala City

Hiking Pacaya Volcano in a day is made easy on this guided tour from Guatemala City, which covers your entrance fees and provides door-to-door transportation from your Guatemala City hotel in a private vehicle. Plus, the hike is made more safe, fun, and informative when done with a government-certified tour guide. Upgrade to include a coffee farm tour or hot springs experience that make the most of your time away from the city.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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Attraction Tickets

Pacaya Volcano Excursion

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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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Kid Friendly Tours & Activities

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Pacaya Day Tour

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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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Pacaya Volcano Tour

The Pacaya Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in Guatemala, with a height of approximately 2500 meters above sea level. The environment is made up of wet forests and rocks. It has stunning views of the Calderas Lagoon and three other volcanoes: Agua, Fuego, and Acatenango. The Volcano of Pacaya is easily accessible, so it is not necessary to be in good shape to climb it. You will visit the edge of the base of the main cone to see the eruption of lava if the volcano is active during the hike. The climb time is about 2 hours and the descent is about 1 hour to the parking lot.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Day Trips

Pacaya Volcano Tour and Hot Springs with Lunch from Guatemala City

Enjoy the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation on this day trip, ascending Pacaya Volcano and then soaking your muscles at a thermal bath resort. 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, featuring 12 soaking pools, 25 steam baths, and three hydrotherapy baths. Your Pacaya day trip also includes entrance fees, a guide, and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Day Trips

Pacaya Volcano Tour and Hot Springs with Lunch from Antigua

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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  • 9 hours
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Day Trips

Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Guatemala City

This popular Pacaya Volcano day trip from Guatemala City is the perfect way to experience the beauty of the country’s most active volcano. Follow your expert local guide to the top of this fiery mountain and look out over stunning views of Guatemala countryside. It’s a memorable way to experience the natural beauty of this incredible country and is perfect for novice hikers.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Day Trips

Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Antigua

Get up close and personal with a Guatemalan volcano during this 7-hour Pacaya Volcano hike, one of the country’s most active. Travel through volcanic vegetation and surreal landscapes on your way to the top, enjoying impressive views of three nearby volcanic peaks, including Agua, Fuego and Acatenango at the summit. Your trip from Antigua to the volcano also includes round-trip transportation from your hotel and a guide.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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Hiking & Camping

Pacaya Volcano Tour from Antigua

Hike the most active volcano in Guatemala on a 6-hour guided tour from Antigua. Complimentary round-trip transportation from your hotel and an on-hand guide allow you to enjoy your adventure, instead of stressing over details. Whether you’ve reached the summit of Mount Everest or are breaking in your first pair of hiking boots, the 2- to 3-hour trek up Pacaya Volcano is a great option for all experience levels.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Day Trips

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Tour Pacaya Volcano and Thermal package (1.5 hours)

Enjoy an amazing walking tour to "Pacaya Volcano" and contemplate a beautiful breathtaking lanscape from the top of this emblematic site;. the Tour includes: Round Trip Transport,, Volcano entrance, Spanish Guide. followed by a Thermal package in the hot water pools (1.5 Hours) that includes: 1 bath robe, 1 towel, Thermal Circuit, Jacuzzi, Back masage (10 mins), Fruit Smoothie, thermal pools access, Round trip transport. 1 sandwich, 1 pure water bottle, 1 snack , 1 souvenir
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Spanish Lessons

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Spanish lessons in Antigua Guatemala

We include recreational, cultural and educational activities into the Spanish program. Most of the activities are free of charge and some of them require a small fee. The program changes from week to week and we offer a large variety of activities.What FREE activities can I do in Antigua Guatemala?- Orientation tour upon arrival - Films- Sports: Football, Volleyball, Basketball, etc.- Dance classes - Salsa and Merengue- Walks to "El Cerro de la Cruz" with fantastic views of Antigua- Conversation classes- "Clase de Manualidades" - learn how to make some of the local craftwork- Happy hours - party time at the school!!- Fiestas- Visits to voluntary projects- Visit to Jade factory- Visit to Artisans factory- Visit to the Silver factoryOther activities available:- Hiking the Pacaya Volcano- Visit to ruins- Visit to Hotel Santo Domingo and museum- Visit to casa K'ojom- Visit to Capuchinas or Santa Clara- Cooking classes
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Multi-day Tours

11-Day Mayan Ruins Tour: Guatemala and Copán

Experience the magnificence of Guatemala’s Mayan ruins on an 11-day tour led by a knowledgeable guide. Be seduced by the dramatic landscapes of the Western Highlands as you visit San Tomas Church and discover the history behind Iximche, Guatemala’s first capital. Marvel at the natural splendor of Lake Atitlan; cross the border to Honduras to see the UNESCO-listed Copan archaeological site; and travel to the Caribbean Coast to absorb the ancient majesty of Tikal and Yaxha. Enjoy 10 nights of comfortable accommodation, meals indicated by the itinerary and transportation by air-conditioned minivan.
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  • 11 days
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  • 11 days

Cultural Tours

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4 Days-Guatemala Express

This is a circuit where you can experience the best of Guatemala in four days. The beauty of its main attractions such as Antigua, the Pacaya volcano and the beautiful Lake Atitlan which owes its greatness to its enormous size and spectacular volcanic environment.
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  • 4 days
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  • 4 days

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Guatemala: All Around

Visit Quirigua (UNESCO) - one of the most ancient Mayan cities that contain some outstanding 8th-century monuments and impressive series of carved stelae and sculpted calendars.See Castle of San Felipe de Lara (UNESCO) that was built in 1652 to keep pirates from looting the villages and commercial caravans of Izabal.Relax in unique natural hot waterfalls of Finca el Paraiso.Enjoy quietness and beauty of Flores - a picturesque town on the island on Lago Petén Itzá.Explore Tikal (UNESCO) - one of the major sites of the Mayan civilization situated in Guatemalan jungles.Swim in Semuc Champey - a magnificently beautiful stepped series of limestone pools with cool, flowing river water.Learn Mayan traditions and try home-cooked cuisine while staying at authentic Mayan home-stay near Atitilan Lake.Hike active Pacaya Volcano.
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  • 9 days
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Day Trips

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Pacaya Volcano and Thermal Package (5 hours)

Enjoy an incredible climb to the "Pacaya Volcano" and contemplate a beautiful breathtaking landscape from the top of this emblematic site at an altitude of 2,552 meters. The tour includes: Round trip transportation, Entrance to the volcano, Guide in Spanish. followed by a thermal package in hot water pools (5 hours) that includes: 1 bathrobe, 1 towel, Thermal circuit or thermal sauna with tub, outdoor Jacuzzi, Body treatment of coffee and cocoa or with dead sea salts (50 mins), fruit smoothie, access to thermal pools, round trip transportation. 1 sandwich, 1 bottle of pure water, 1 snack, 1 souvenir.
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  • 11 hours
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  • 11 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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Pacaya Volcano and Thermal Pools

Make your trip to Pacaya Volcano truly memorable by conquering the mountain on horseback. While traversing up the volcano, you will ascend almost to the top of the 8,373' massive active volcano. Stop for a picturesque view and admire the sporadic explosions from a safe distance, and roast marshmallow's in the steam vents surrounding your viewing location.After your trek up Pacaya stop and take a break at the Santa Teresitas Thermal Pools and Hot Spring. This exclusive hot spring spa offers a therapeutic thermal circuit and thermal steam sauna from natural thermal pools. Experience the thermal circuit along with messages, or enjoy the fun of the family pool with slide. With 13 thermal pools that are maintained at varying temperatures, you are sure to find an ideal thermal water relaxation experience.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Multi-day Tours

10-Day, Four Volcano Hike Tour in Guatemala

Thanks to its location on the Ring of Fire, Guatemala has a ton of volcanoes begging to be climbed. This 10-day tour takes you off the beaten track and up four of the country's most impressive peaks—head up Pacaya, Acatenango, Santa Maria, and finally Tajumulco, the highest point in all of Central America. This tour includes a guide for the duration of the trip, plus all lodging and meals as per itinerary.
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  • 10 days
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Day Trips

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Pacaya Volcano and Thermal Package (3.5 hours)

Enjoy an amazing walking tour to "Pacaya Volcano" and contemplate a beautiful breathtaking lanscape from the top of this emblematic site at an elevation of 2,552 metres. the Tour includes: Round Trip Transport,, Volcano entrance, Spanish Guide. followed by a Thermal package in the hot water pools (3.5 Hours) that includes: 1 bath robe, 1 towel, Thermal Circuit, Jacuzzi, Back masage (75 mins), Thermal Sauna with Bathtube, Fruit Smoothie, thermal pools access, Round trip transport. 1 sandwich, 1 pure water bottle, 1 snack , 1 souvenir .
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 10 hours
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