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Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Antigua

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Antigua, Guatemala
Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Antigua

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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Overview

Get up close and personal with a Guatemalan volcano during this 7-hour Pacaya Volcano hike, one of the country’s most active. Travel through volcanic vegetation and surreal landscapes on your way to the top, enjoying impressive views of three nearby volcanic peaks, including Agua, Fuego and Acatenango at the summit. Your trip from Antigua to the volcano also includes round-trip transportation from your hotel and a guide.
  • Day trip to Pacaya Volcano from Antigua
  • Get an up-close look at the active volcano as you hike to the top of Pacaya with your expert guide
  • Admire picturesque views of the Fuego, Agua and Acatenango volcanoes
  • Complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off
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Professional bilingual guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Bottled water
Gratuities
  • Camino Real Antigua , 7a Calle Poniente 33B, Antigua 03001 Guatemala
  • Hotel Casa Santo Domingo , 3a Calle Oriente No 28 A, Antigua 03001 Guatemala
  • 8:00 AM

    After booking, the operator will contact you about pickup time.

    We pick up from any hotel in Antigua Guatemala.
    Experience views of some of Guatemala’s most active volcanoes from up close as you hike to the top of Pacaya, where you’ll enjoy unforgettable views from the top of this 8,000-foot (2,438m) peak.

    Start your day with an 8am pickup from your Antigua hotel, taking a 15 mile (25km) drive southeast to the base of this lumbering giant. Upon reaching the base, you’ll begin a 2.5-hour climb to the peak with your guide, learning about the history of this unique volcano and the vegetation that thrives in this strange environment. A mild walk brings you the lagoon of Calderas, where you can take in the amazing views of three nearby volcanoes, including Agua, Fuego and Acatenango.

    Then continue on towards a plateau in the trail, a vantage point from which you’ll be able to observe the main crater along with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Due to safety concerns, you won’t venture all the way to the volcano’s crater, but you will have the chance to see glistening lava and a series of steam baths created by its heat.

    Take a few moments to revel in the incredible views from up high before beginning your descent back down to the base and then back to Antigua for a drop-off at your hotel.
    Itinerary
    Stop At:  
    Pacaya Volcano
    Enjoy a full-day trip to the Pacaya Volcano from Antigua Guatemala and discover the beauty of this natural gem! Towering over 8,000 feet (2,438 meters) above sea level, Pacaya is considered Guatemala's most active volcano. After pickup from your Antigua Guatemala hotel, head southeast about 15 miles (25 km) to the base of Pacaya, where you’ll embark on a 2.5-hour hike up the volcano with your expert guide. Enjoy a mild walk to a viewing spot at the lagoon of Calderas and take in panoramic views of the Agua, Fuego and Acatenango volcanoes. Once you arrive at a plateau along the trail, marvel at spectacular views of the Guatemala landscape and see the main crater of the volcano. To ensure your safety, you won’t be able to visit the crater, but you will get an amazing view of red-hot lava flowing and steam baths created by the heat of Pacaya. Take a break and relax here as you take in more scenic views before hiking back to the base of the volcano.
    Duration: 4 hours 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Pass By:  
    Acatenango Volcano
    Enjoy panoramic views from Pacaya Volcano viewpoint.
    Pass By:  
    Volcan de Agua
    Enjoy panoramic views from Pacaya Volcano viewpoint.
    Pass By:  
    Fuego Volcano
    Enjoy panoramic views from Pacaya Volcano viewpoint.
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Guatemalan Adventure
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Antigua?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    See all safety measures taken by Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Antigua.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Antigua?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Antigua.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Antigua?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Antigua.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Antigua?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    See all safety measures taken by Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Antigua.

    Traveler Tips


    • "The air is so thin and it gets very steep at the end." See review

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    star-5
    Beautiful Trip
    Ann_D
    , Oct 2021
    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
    Pacaya Volcano Day trip from Antigua
    Alyssa_S
    , May 2021
    Wow! What a special day. The hike is tough for a novice like myself, but the views and the experience are so worth it. Who else can say they roasted marshmallows on a volcano! Davis and Luis were great, patient and answered all of the questions we had. You can tell they truly love the mountain and chatting with everyone about the adrenaline rush of the experience. I had a blast! One of the best days that I'll remember forever. Note: Make sure to bring snacks if you get hungry, because this one ends a little after 1 p.m. Also, try to bring a friend because it's a little on the pricey side for just one person, but that also may have just been due to COVID times.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Highly recommend this tour
    Kimberly_S
    , May 2021
    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
    Volcano! Great time!
    Mark_C
    , May 2021
    Great tour! My wife and I had an excellent visit to the Volcano. I walked and my wife took a horse. I'm in decent shape and the walk was fairly hard for me. The air is so thin and it gets very steep at the end. Our guides were fun and we had a good time chatting while going up the Volcano (I can speak Spanish). They speak English but don't expect them to be fluent. We were fortunate to see a small eruption. That was really cool. Then we roasted the marshmallows. It was a great time.
    star-4
    We were picked up right on time at...
    gdimanzo
    , Feb 2018
    We were picked up right on time at the hotel in Antigua by our driver and about 1 hour later we were introduced to our tour guide at the volcano's base. Kids swarm around us to sell/rent walking sticks and we were offered horse rides. After a quick stop at the basic restroom we started our walk followed closely by horses and their jockeys offering 'taxi for the lady' but after 15 min they went away. From that point we really enjoyed our excursion, our guide was from the area and shared a lot of information. We watch and hear! the nearby Fire volcano sending ashes into the sky from different look outs and made our way to the Lava Store in about 2 hours. A few meters from there we eat our marshmallows and walk the last hill to the last look out before going back to the car and come back to Antigua. We reached town around 1:30pm, so it's actually a HALF day trip rather than a Day trip from Antigua. From the last lookout we saw people walking closer to the crater. The guide explained that this trail was closed and recently opened by authorities and that it was a different excursion. It looked more demanding but definitively that was the excursion I would liked to do to see the lava pool. In summary, we had an enjoyable morning and one day a would like to come back to see Pacaya closer.
    star-2
    The weather was quite chilly and...
    otieno o
    , Jan 2018
    The weather was quite chilly and visibility was very low so we couldn't see anything. Nevertheless, the massive lava flows were pretty cool and digging down to feel to still hot lava after a 2014 eruption was awesome! Low points: no water provided even though the paperwork says it is included. The guide in the bus gave us 5 minutes of his time to start the ride, then spent the rest of the trip there and back sleeping and talking to the driver. That was incredibly lazy. The hiking guide pushed us super hard to use horses which were a separate charge--from the locals. He made it clear we had a short time frame. They took us to a hokey little shop up the mountain and after the guy showed a group of ten plus people a video on his 2 camera screen then pleas for some money for artisans were quickly made with no proper explanation of how that would be done, and then the guy literally said We need you to leave because we have a new group coming. Alrighty then! I personally appreciate the idea of helping the local community as tourists but when booking a tour its more enjoyable to not be pressured at different points to cough up more money. Clearly renting the horses from the locals is a big part of the deal between the tour company and the aforementioned. Maybe the tour company would be better served by charging us more and taking care of the local horse owner's, etc., as part of the service. And don't rush it so much. I feel like it was all about sending me to your cousin Lenny so he could get some money out of me, and that the Volcano was just the cover.
    star-5
    Awesome! Great guides, great views...
    Troy H
    , Dec 2017
    Awesome! Great guides, great views. Highly recommended.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Wonderful time. Not a tough hike...
    Scott S
    , Mar 2017
    Wonderful time. Not a tough hike overall, just a few steeper spots with loose, volcanic soil. We requested a Bilingual guide. When our tour coordinator, Miguel, arrived he introduced us to his other guests, a nice couple from Costa Rica. We discussed our language abilities. I am at a basic conversation level of Spanish. I still require correction at times and don't always possess the succinct word for a concept. My wife comprehends well, but is shy about speaking. Our tour companions had less confidence in their English. So we all agreed that Spanish would be the common language. We learned much about the tour topics and had an unexpected opportunity of a language exchange. This made the trip more enjoyable for us!
    star-4
    Would have been cool to summit the...
    Jason G
    , Jan 2017
    Would have been cool to summit the volcano, but that day it was pretty active so for safety reasons we stayed back. Overall the hike was pretty amazing. The roasting of the marshmallows over a geothermal vent was kind of meh.
    star-4
    We arranged with Viator for a driver...
    Rudy D
    , Nov 2016
    We arranged with Viator for a driver and guide to take us from Antigua to Pacaya volcano, which entailed an hour drive. Our driver arrived punctually, was good natured, and spoke English well. He graciously introduced us to the local guide who would be taking us up the mountain, and he too was fluent in English, mostly knowledgeable about the flora and fauna we encountered, and in great shape. The hike up to the 6,000 foot viewing area was intensely steep, but well worth the effort - you do need to be in reasonably decent shape to make the hike. Bring along some food for the chucho's, the adorable and tame street dogs you'll encounter on the trail. Be careful of the caca from the horses - the locals employ them for lazy gringos who can't make it up the mountain on their own two legs. Note that you do not ascend all the way up to the summit of Pacaya - it's one of the most active volcanoes in the country and was venting thick white columns of steam and noxious gases while we were there. Our guide brought anjelitos - marshmallows - so that we could roast them on the still hot lava rocks found at a terminal moraine formed by the last eruption in 2014.

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