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.
Full-day adventure to the Pacaya Volcano from Guatemala City
Hike to the top of Pacaya with your expert guide and admire close-up views of the active volcano
Admire picturesque views of the Fuego, Agua and Acatenango volcanoes
Experience the natural beauty of Guatemala’s most active volcano on this full-day trip to Pacaya from Guatemala City. You’ll hike 8,000 feet above sea level with your expert local guide as you navigate the trails of the country’s most active volcano.
The 2.5-hour hike to the top of Pacaya is easy enough for the novice trekker and still challenging enough to feel like a workout. Viewpoints along the way offer up incredible panoramic landscapes that include nearby Agua, Fuego and Acatenango volcanoes. Your guide will share stories and history about this incredible volcano as you make your way to the top, pointing out vegetation and wildlife as you hike.
Once you reach the top you’ll be able to marvel at incredible views and take an up close look at red-hot lava flowing in the volcano’s crater. You’ll have some time to relax in the rocky terrain before making your way back to the volcano’s base with your guide. Complimentary round-trip hotel transport is included in this tour.
Overall, this was a great experience however, you should be aware that this trip does not include a guided hike to the rim of the crater. If you are going to the rim, you will have to pay an additional 200 qtz per person. We didn't know that until we got to the volcano that's why I rate this 4 stars instead of 5. You will start at an elevation of 6200ft and climb to around 8500ft if you go to the rim otherwise, I think you only go to about 7500ft. The first part is fairly easy with plenty of rest stops, but the ascent to the crater is difficult and you cannot take a horse to the rim. There is a lot of loose cinder rock, and it is like climbing the face of a sand dune - slipping and sliding, 2 steps up and 1 sliding back down 2 hiking sticks recommended. All that said, it was well worth the climb and we were able to witness some small eruptions at the top. Near the rim you will see steam rising from the ground and you can feel the heat and smell the sulfur and hear the rumblings of the volcano, which was very impressive! It was much easier coming down than going up!
If you are looking for a fun but active experience this is the experience for you. The guides are friendly and informative. Our 9 year old son was able to walk in and the guides were accommodating. If you find the initial hike too strenuous feel free to purchase a walking stick or ride one of the horses. We never felt pressured to purchase either but they will continue to walk with you just in case you change your mind.
The guide picked up us on time. We felt safe and very happy during our 7-hour tour because the guide was always offering more information, and had a lively conversation with every person we encounter. I highly recommend this tour.
This was a amazing trip, I was on a business trip alone and was I little concerned about going on a tour not speaking spanish. But my drive was named Nicth and the guide was a lady named Clara who I had not problem communicate with. I would highly recommend the both of them.
Excellent!!!! Nice long hike up and around the volcano, but you have the option of horseback riding at the start as the locals really try to encourage using a horse. Toast marshmallows on the lava and stop by a small stand during your tour. Views and experience were amazing!!
We loved every part of the tour- completely exceeded our expectations. El Captain tour drive and Roberto tour guide were first class and so very knowledgeable about the area. It was a gorgeous day and perfect weather too. Roberto took us on the longer trail which allowed us to walk on side of the volcano crater and truly experience the magnificent beauty of the area. I recommend this tour group and ask for both El Captain and Roberto. You won't be disappointed!!