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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
Gteat little hike to start the day.
Driver and guides were great. The optional pizza cooked on the volcanix steam is expensive but worth it. Share it with a group. Hike is medium grade but short and you wont get rushed.
Bradley_R, Aug 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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Fun and memorable
Camille_S, Aug 2022
Pacaya Volcano Tour and Hot Springs from Antigua
We went as a family of five. It was a great day. We ending up taking the horses up as we were too out of breath but it only added to the experience. It is so lush and gorgeous. It was a little chilly so bring a jacket. We loved the marshmallows! Lunch was good and hot springs are at a resort. It’s nice enough but not American style resort. We still enjoyed the pools were all different temperatures to try. Good for blood circulation. :)
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Great experience
Faith_A, Jul 2022
Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Guatemala City
Wonderful experience. The hike is very difficult, but worth it. Beautiful views, guide is very nice, Lava Store is so unique and impressive. If you don’t do the volcano you didn’t experience all of Guatemala.
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Great day, decent hike and great views!
Haley_H, Jul 2022
Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Antigua
We had a great trip to the volcano! It's a decent hike up with amazing views at the top! Easy transport with water provided. Make sure to bring your own snacks. Davis was a great guide! Would recommend.
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Awesome experience
kartikeya_m, Jul 2022
Hike to Pacaya Volcano from Antigua
Amazing amazing experience. Everything was just great. Highly recommend going and enjoying the hike.
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Great experience! East...
Dario_M, Jul 2022
Hike to Pacaya Volcano from Antigua
Great experience! East communication with drivers. Very fun and informative trip. Would highly recommend
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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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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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Great hike and views
Beatriz_C, Jul 2022
Hike to Pacaya Volcano from Antigua
Great hike and view. I recommend you use the horses so bring extra cash for that. David the pizza guy on top of the volcano was fantastic and the views of Fuego and Agua were great.
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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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