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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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Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Antigua
Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Antigua
star-4.5
$82.09 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Spectacular and memorable experience!
Our driver and guides were spectacular. The hike is not difficult and the views are amazing. The drive back to Antigua on the new road around Volcan Agua was also beautiful.
Paula_L, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Antigua

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Volcano sightseeing
Ritchy_J, Jun 2021
Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Guatemala City
It's a really great experience to have if you ever visit Guatemala. My guide Davis was exceptional in showing me Pacaya Volcano and its surroundings.
star-5
Pacaya Volcano sunset tour with my bestie!
MARLENE_A, Nov 2021
Pacaya Volcano Sunset Tour from Antigua
Wonderful experience! Our 3 tour guides Marco, Lucas and Mono were awesome! They walked at our pace and let us take breaks as needed. Very nice and respectful people. Will recommend others for sure and I will definitely be coming back with my family!
star-5
Fantastic Experience
Yasmin_L, Nov 2021
Hike to Pacaya Volcano from Antigua
This was such a great experience! We were picked up on time, and the bus was comfortable. Our guide Lilian was amazing! I definitely need to do more cardio, and she was encouraging, eventhough I was slow, and stopped to give us information about the volcanoes in the area (and a second to catch my breath!). I would highly recommend this tour!
star-5
Beautiful Trip
Ann_D, Oct 2021
Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Antigua
We had a very wonderful experience with this tour . The tour guide was also very informative and good . I would love to come back and experience this again . The hike was not that hard and the view was amazing
star-5
Would do it again!
Anonymous, Oct 2021
Climb Active Pacaya Volcano + Lunch - Collective Tour
Absolutely loved our experience! The nature is just so beautiful. Smooth and fun activity for every age. You don’t have to be super fit to walk up, but I would recommend everyone to ride a horse. Also, even if it does not seem hot, wear a sunblock. The altitude is pretty decent, again make sure you eat a big breakfast and bring Gatorade. Even with all challenges it was one of the greatest memories from our trip. Absolutely recommend!
star-5
Best tour!
Dajhane_G, Aug 2021
Hike to Pacaya Volcano from Antigua
Would highly recommend this tour! About a hour hike up and down and a hour ride from Antigua there and back. Tour guide Catalina and bus driver were really nice! I had a good time. I rode a horse her name was princess! I would do it all over again. Had to pay extra Q50 to hike and Q100 to ride the horse one way.
star-4
Nice volcano tour
Gerhard_P, Jul 2021
Private Pacaya Volcano Tour from Antigua
We liked the tour, unluckily it was raining and it was foggy, so we couldn't see anything, no views. The way was easy to go, no hard walking. We come back in October and do the tour again with sunshine!
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Volcano and Spa day
Scott_J, Dec 2020
Pacaya Volcano Tour and Hot Springs from Antigua
Beautiful views of the other volcanoes while hiking up to the molten lava flow high on Pacaya. After the amazing hot smoky lava fields, the private time in the spa was the perfect way to clean up and relax our legs.
star-5
Beautiful Experience with small kids
Antonia_S, Nov 2021
Climb Active Pacaya Volcano + Lunch - Collective Tour
This was an unforgettable experience, we went with our kids who are 3 and 5 with our tour guide David. He was very nice and knowledgeable. The driver picked us up at the hotel on time in Guatemala city and actually dropped us off in Antigua after the trip...he was phenomenal. We rented horses for $40 U.S.D. each for the children though I feel like it could've been less because initially the guide said $50 each. The horses were definitely needed as I got a little tired and ended up riding with my son. I was especially impressed with Delpho and his horse Champion, Delpho literally wiped my kids nose when it started running, super nice wonderful guy. The views were incredible and roasting marshmallows on lava and buying souvenirs near the top was worth EVERYTHING. It was a beautiful experience.
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EVERYONE NEEDS TO DO IT !!!!!!
Daniel_W, Oct 2021
Pacaya Volcano Luxury Horseback Riding Tour
Manuel picked us up in Antigua. He was very nice and spoke English. He made us feel very comfortable. We enjoyed his company. He took us to where the horses and cowboys were. We had a lot of fun. Picnic on volcano, Roasted marshmallows and they baked pizza. The pizza was VERY GOOD 👍🏻. The cowboys were wonderful leading our horses up the volcano. We felt very safe with them and they were very nice and funny. GREAT EXPERIENCE!!!! EVERYONE NEEDS TO DO IT.!!!!! Marvin and Jimmy was really nice.
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Highly recommend this tour
Kimberly_S, May 2021
Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Antigua
Both tour guides were amazing! Very informative about the volcano, but also about the culture and history of Guatemala. Prompt pick up at the hotel. Beautiful views. Highly recommend.
star-5
Very good experience
Lizhen_S, Jun 2020
Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Guatemala City
The tourist guide ( I forgot his name) come to hotel on time at 8:00AM on 3/8/20 . There are only our two person on this tour and spend 7 hrs . We are very enjoy this trip.

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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