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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.

Highlights

  • 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
  • Complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off

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What You Can Expect

Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Guatemala City

Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Guatemala City

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.

Customer Reviews

francine.coyne1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

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!!

Diane B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Awesome tour! Our tour guide Winston was very informative. He picked us up from our hotel in Guatemala city and shared information all the way to Antigua. His van was clean and safe. Great experience!

Jim B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was an incredible trip. The hike is challenging if you're not in shape, but it's doable. And the views are simply amazing. This one is well worth your time.

Mayesha A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Great hike. It is not easy but well worth the effort.

Vjsarma USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Very professional and for Volcano enthusiasts it a must see! Hike is a little challenging in the beginning but if you power through no need for the horse(Even though you get asked a million times to take the horse!). I love that the tours are so professional in every country conducted by partners of Viator. Winston was a treat and he was on time to pick us up and get us back safely! Highly recommended!

Dan G. USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

Short version: Incredible trip with breathtaking scenery and even better hospitality from driver and guide. Out of shape travelers NOT encouraged!

Long Version: Let me start this off by saying my wife is a native Spanish speaker and it went a LONG way in Guatemala as a whole since tourism is slowly coming back after decades of civil war. That aside, this was truly an experience unlike anything my wife and I have every done before. We were picked up right at our hotel at 7:30AM after breakfast. The driver, Henry, was INCREDIBLY nice and hospitable(we actually used him again the next day to set up a private cab to Antigua). Upon getting there, we were introduced to our guide who would take us up the mountain. The only slightly annoying part was right in the beginning as they try to convince you to rent a walking stick or take a horse up the mountain, but this is expected in tourist areas. After respectfully declining (about a dozen times!), we were off on our adventure. As we went up the mountain we would stop frequently to take in wild life and learn the different uses of the local plants by the natives to cure anything from headaches and stomachaches to wiping the sweat from your brow! As we reached the peak of our ascent, we stopped at a place called the oven. It was basically just two rocks jutting out and inside the rocks were temps of over 400 degrees! Our guide had gotten us sticks so we could roast marshmallows from the heat. It was a tasty treat and good half way point before the descent. The descent was a little hairy as the ground is not really set due to the activity of the volcano. Just go slow and you will be fine! When we got to the bottom of the mountain we got back in the van with Henry and were dropped off back at our hotel by early afternoon with plenty of time before dinner to shower off the adventure. Awesome trip and a MUST if you are visiting Guatemala!

Russell C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

This was a great trip! Our driver and guide were both fantastic resources. The hike was amazing, walking through different ecosystems as we ascended and finally ending up in the baran wasteland where lava had flowed just two years before. A great way to spend a day!

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