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Pacaya Volcano
Pacaya Volcano

Pacaya Volcano

Escuintla, Guatemala

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.

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Hike to Pacaya Volcano from Antigua
Hike to Pacaya Volcano from Antigua
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$35.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Tough hike but great view and wonderful Experixance
Such an exhilarating trip up the mountain, in my first ever hike I managed to climb the 2.5 km mountain (1.5 miles) no problem. There will be horses available to get up top if you need a little push.
Lewis_J, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Antigua

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Pacaya Volcano
Stephen_T, Mar 2022
Climb Active Pacaya Volcano - Collective Tour
Really enjoyed going up Pacaya Volcano. Planned to hike but took the horse up which was so much more fun! Got to roast marshmallows and stand on top of the volcano! Great experience!
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Great trip!
Bruce_C, Jun 2022
Pacaya Volcano Sunset Tour from Antigua
Really enjoyed the views, instruction on the history of Guatemala, and all of the guides were exceptionally friendly and helpful.
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Once in a lifetime outsanding experience
evan_a, Jun 2022
Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Antigua
Miguel was extremely knowledgable about Guatemala, Mayan history, and the volcanos. He was early to meet us at our pick up location and even had great suggestions for lunch after our trip. He was very pleasent and helpful on our tour and offered plenty. I highly recommend this tour. Miguel you are awesome! And so was Luis!
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HIKE to a volcano
Michael_W, May 2022
Pacaya Volcano Tour and Hot Springs from Guatemala City
The hike is s very important part of this trip. That cannot be understated. But it's worth it. 10/10 would recommend. Definitely recommend bringing a speaker. Food was good. The spa at the end was necessary.
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Excellet experience!
Jorge_A, May 2022
¡Pacaya Volcano Tour from Antigua! (Private)
Excellent experience. Our tour guide Daniel was incredibly nice. He was right on time to pick us up from the hotel. The ride to the Volcano was a bit long, but our tour guide made it up with a pleasant conversation, providing detail information of the area. It was my first time visiting Pacaya, what an unforgettable experience. I would recommend it. My advice would be make sure to wear a nice pair of hiking boots.
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Very accomodating!
ELIZABETH_G, May 2022
Hike to Pacaya Volcano from Antigua
Such a great intro to Guatemala! I booked this tour thinking I'd hike it, but then injured my knee a month ago, but luckily horseback was an option! A little hike at the end, but the hiking stick helped. Great guide, great horse guide and altogether great adventure!
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Cloudy Sunset Hike
Lindsay_D, May 2022
Hike to Pacaya Volcano from Antigua
Manageable hike, in loose dirt. Can buy a stick from kids for Q10. Not much information was provided, just a guide leading the way up the trail. Unfortunately it was cloudy, would have been nice to see the views.
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Great experience!
Francisco_D, Apr 2022
Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Antigua
The visit to Pacaya is a must do in Guatemala. We were accompanied by our 2 and 6 years old kids and they had as much fun as we did. It’s very important to have very good physical condition if you plan to hike the volcano. Otherwise, make sure to rent a horse from the very beginning as the physical effort is intense due to the altitude.
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Wonderful!
Laura_D, Mar 2022
Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Guatemala City
Wonderful tour. Our guide was fun. Although we couldn't go to the summit (since it's an active volcano), the walk up was beautiful. The stopping point was near the top and involved walking on a volcanic rock field to a place where we were able to roast marshmallows from the heat of the volcano. Such a fun experience. Also one final note, if the hike became too much, horses were available to rent for a small fee.
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Like nothing you've ever seen
Ambar_R, Feb 2022
Pacaya Volcano Luxury Horseback Riding Tour
I had one of the best days of my life on the tour. This experience is like nothing you've ever seen before I couldn't recommend it enough and the pizza was fantastic and the booking was easy. This is a must do if you are in Antigua!
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Short and easy hike to a vent of the volcano
MARIAM_M, Jan 2022
Climb Active Pacaya Volcano - Collective Tour
This is a 4 mile round trip, an easy hike. They push riding a horse, asking many many times after saying NO we want to hike. Btw, This does not go to the crater. All in all interesting!
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Great trip!
Lisa_S, Jan 2022
Pacaya Volcano Tour and Hot Springs from Antigua
Volcano hike and tour were great. Loved our guide and our driver. Only thing we were confused about....the tour did not include the hot springs or lunch. When I checked out and paid for the tour, it said "no hot springs", so I had a feeling hot springs would not be part of it. Overall, the title was confusing. Nonetheless, we had a great time. Would recommend to all!
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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