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I'm surprised there isn't a lot of reviews for this tour because it was a great time! We booked the 6AM trip through tripadvisor and the booking process was easy, we had to confirm our reservation and timeslot through a travel agent via email The checkout process doesn't allow you to specify the time of day. The shuttle picked us up at our address a little late but only because it has to shuttle around the city to pickup all of the hikers. Be sure to have the driver's number on hand for the pickup so that you can call and get an estimated arrival time. The shuttle stopped for coffee before leaving Antigua.
The hike is steep but the trail is well established with a clearly defined trail. Be prepared to pant and sweat a little : If the hike is too much you can rent a horse before or while on the trail. There are also locals selling walking sticks if needed. Bring plenty of quetzales, the booking does not include entrance fee I think it was 50Q, horse, sticks, food, or tip for the guide and driver. Be sure to bring plenty of your own water, lunch, and snacks. There are only a few stands selling packaged food at the entrance of the trail.
Note that this volcano was not currently active when I visited in 2017. I believe the last erruption was in 2014? We could hear rumbling noises from the volcano and see steam/ash but no active lava flow. The guide brings marshmallows that we roast in holes surrounded by warm rock. The views at the top of the mountain were breathtaking and rewarding. We spent a good 1hr at the top taking in the views and marshmallows.
Definately a great escape for those looking to get out of the city for a while and are interested in hiking and nature sighseeing.
Definitely recommend the volcano trek! Great experience!
The guide was not really bilingual mainly Spanish-speaking... and I was charged 9 for the entrance ticket although the site and reservation voucher specifically said 7.
Great experience at the mountain. I enjoyed the views and the short, but at times steep, hill up. The trip from Antigua to Pacaya was long and uncomfortable. It was a 2.5 hour ride and the car was extremely cramped - it was filled to capacity and not enough room for your legs, let alone your bags.
If you are pre-qualified for 2016 Olympics in Rio, then by all means go on this very arduous climb
Otherwise enjoy the postcard. Very difficult hike
Horses available for $30. Have correct change
$7 entrance fee. Bring a jacket very windy and cold
Cloudy my day so could not see top of volcano
expecting to see more active lava, we also stayed quite low from volcano top.
The principal destination was the The Lava Shop.
The turnaround point of the hike was at least 300 metres
below the summit ridge, let alone the summit. None of this
was made clear in the posted trip details.
I had a negative experience with our guide in the 2 pm trip to the volcano Pacaya. For one thing, he hurried up the hill within in one hour. I forgot to say it was on August 13th. Although I am in my 60's, I am in very good shape and it was the altitude that was challenging. he then stayed with me
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