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Pacaya Volcano Tour and Hot Springs from Antigua

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Pacaya Volcano Tour and Hot Springs from Antigua

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Overview

Enjoy the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation on this 9-hour day trip, ascending Pacaya Volcano and then soaking your muscles at Kawilal Hot Springs. Scale the 8,300-foot (2,500-meter) heights of Pacaya, one of the most active volcanoes in Guatemala. At the top you’ll be able to peer down into the boiling lava of the crater and feel the earth’s rumble. Descend back down from the summit to enjoy an included lunch and soak in the thermal waters of Kawilal Hot Springs, including 12 soaking pools, 25 steam baths and 3 hydrotherapy baths. Your Pacaya day trip also includes entrance fees, a guide and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Hike Pacaya Volcano and visit Kawilal Hot Springs with an included lunch from Antigua
  • Climb to the top of one of Guatemala's most active volcanoes and peer down into the lava in its crater
  • Soothe your aching hiking muscles in the thermally-heated waters of Kawilal Hot Springs
  • Enjoy the hot springs' collection of 12 soaking pools, 25 steam baths, and 3 hydrotherapy baths
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Lunch
Local guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Entrance to Pacaya Volcano National Park
Entrance to Hot Springs ( If option selected)
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Gray Line Antigua Guatemala - Tours & Experiences , 2a Calle Oriente, #4B, Antigua Guatemala Antigua, Guatemala 03001, Guatemala

These are our pick up points for our excursion. Please select your pick up point and be 15 minutes prior the starting time.

  • Hotel Meson del Valle by AHS , Avenida Sur #11C City center 5a Sacatepequez, Antigua 03001 Guatemala
  • Hotel Boutique Los Pasos , 9a. Calle Oriente No. 19, Antigua 03001 Guatemala
  • 7:30 AM

    Please arrive 15 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

    This activity will end right where it started.These are our pick up points for our excursion. Please select your pick up point and be 15 minutes prior the starting time.
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Child under 13 years is not allowed to take the thermal circuit.
    • Tours include bilingual guide (English and Spanish).
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • Please Note: During holy week ( April 17 – 21, 2019) we do not pick up on hotels, you will be request to move to our meeting point where we will pick up you. Please be ready on the meeting 15 minutes prior the start time of the tour. Our meeting point are: Casa Santo Domingo Hotel or Soleil Hotel.
    • Please contact local provider if you need a guide in any other language. French, German and Italian in private services, subject to additional costs and guide availability.
    • For groups of 10 persons or more, please contact local provider to arrange.
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • To find pictures of our experiences, search us on Instagram as @graylinetoursgt
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Sometimes your return can be vía Guatemala city
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Gray Line Guatemala
    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 Tour and Hot Springs 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 Tour and Hot Springs from Antigua.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Pacaya Volcano Tour and Hot Springs 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 Tour and Hot Springs from Antigua.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Pacaya Volcano Tour and Hot Springs from Antigua?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by Pacaya Volcano Tour and Hot Springs from Antigua.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Pacaya Volcano Tour and Hot Springs from Antigua?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    See all safety measures taken by Pacaya Volcano Tour and Hot Springs from Antigua.

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    • "The hike up to where the jagged rock is is all uphill and takes about 90 minutes, but there are plenty of spots to take breaks, etc." See review
    • "Although, if you work out or in pretty decent shape, you may not need it." See review

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    star-5
    Volcano and Spa day
    8d79mmbruj
    , Dec 2020
    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.
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
    Dear Thank you for having booked with us and for takes the time to share your experience with us!
    star-4
    Volcano trip
    Cody_A
    , Mar 2020
    The trip up to the volcano was awesome. If a question was asked they answered, but I wish the guides would have been a little more informative along the way. There were horses available as soon as we stepped off the bus and they follow you up in case you get tired of walking. No instructions were given though nor was anything mentioned of cost. The hot springs after the hike were nice but is not Natural springs like we were expecting. Overall still a great trip that our group of 4 enjoyed.
    star-4
    Wonderful Experience
    Felecia_C
    , Feb 2020
    This tour was a great addition to my stay in Guatemala. The tour guides were very accommodating with pick-up and drop-off at a location near my Airbnb. Plus the lunch was good at the Hot Springs Spa. The hike up the mountain wasn't extraneous if you are accustomed to hiking and walking distances longer than 2-3 miles. I'd recommend going on this tour!
    star-1
    Terrible experience at the end of the tour
    Luis_Q
    , Feb 2020
    We booked a tour from Antigua and for our surprise after the tour ended, we were taken to Guatemala City to drop some members of the group. At the end of the tour I checked, and we were 30 min from Antigua and the detour took us 3 hours in heavy traffic to and from Guatemala City. When we call to complain they told us that the tours was a shared trip for both cities but nowhere in the detail description of the tour this is indicated. There is no reason, only to save cost, to have us in a bus for 3 hours after a full day of travel
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Volcano tour
    jimrows
    , Feb 2020
    Good tour Enjoyed the day with the other guests The guides were very helpful I would recommend this tour
    star-3
    Fine but not exceptional given the price
    Sarah B
    , Jan 2020
    Everything about the tour was fine. Picked up at the meeting point (although would have been nice to have a confirmation of meeting point as part of / after booking). Tour guide who took us up Pacaya was experienced. There was a big group at the top, which meant we couldn't toast marshmallows. The guide took us an extra way up instead, but this was disappointing not to see the hottest part of the lava. Didn't feel we got that much information about the volcano (maybe there isn't that much to give?). The food at the hotel was pretty generic and boring - pizza / burger / chicken. The spa experience was nice enough, but I've been to more impressive natural hot springs. So everything was OK, but I expected "wow!" for the price.
    icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
    Dear Sarah Thank you for having booked with us and for take the time to share your comments, we will take into consideration your comments.
    star-5
    Great hike
    Freedom56896
    , Dec 2019
    Lydia, our tour guide was excellent and had a lot of great information about the area. The hot springs was relaxing and much needed after the hike. Unfortunately we only had 2 hours at the hot springs but those 2 hours were relaxing.
    icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
    Dear Thank you for having booked with us and for takes the time to share your experience lived during our Pacaya Volcano excursion!!
    star-5
    Great Bucket-List Experience!
    Kim F
    , Nov 2019
    This was a great tour! I highly recommend it. The views are AMAZING and the volcano was actually erupting (not a major eruption) when we made our way to the upper level... we were able to capture it on video. (Just a WOW moment!) You do not go all the way to the top, but we went far enough to roast marshmallows from the heat of the lava (far enough for me!) The guide was very nice... he made sure our group was together and everyone was okay... I admit, I'm not in the best shape. I thought I could hike it the volcano. Well, thank goodness for the horses that are waiting to help you finish the climb. I used the horse (100Q)... and you can also rent a stick for 5Q. It was worth it for me. I rented a horse for the walk up and used a stick to walk down. Although, if you work out or in pretty decent shape, you may not need it. When we left, we were ready for lunch and the hot springs... both were great! Lunch was good... and the spa was delightful. We really enjoyed it... plus the refreshing smoothie while sitting in the pool - so nice! I'm glad we decided on this tour!
    icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
    Dear Kim Thank you for having booked with us and for takes the time to share your experience lived with us during our excursion Pacaya volcano. Hope to see you again!!
    star-5
    I have never seen lava that close before!
    rtraveler2004
    , Jul 2019
    This was an amazing tour! The hike up to where the jagged rock is is all uphill and takes about 90 minutes, but there are plenty of spots to take breaks, etc. Once you get up there, you will be in awe. You walk on old lava flows, and then we saw a very active lava flow up on the volcano that was flowing very fast! And then we were able to get even closer and walk on the razor sharp jagged rocks up to where the molten orange glowing rocks are being pushed out of the other rocks from the lava coming down. It got super hot here (150 degrees I bet) or more) and I only stood here about a minute before I backed off, but it was a super neat experience! I could almost feel the back of my neck burning because it was that hot. We even got to roast marshmallows in the rocks! The hike back down was much faster. We drove about an hour or so to the lunch spot which was delicious. This was also at the Hot Springs place. The hot springs felt amazing after a morning of hiking and climbing! They have several pools of various temperatures that you rotate to (hot to cold, cold to hot, etc). If you want to see lava, this tour is for you!!
    icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
    Dear Thank you for having booked with us and for takes the time to share your experience lived with us, hope to see you again enjoying our excursions!!!
    star-5
    Wonderful tour! I had booked this...
    Dawn T
    , Feb 2018
    Wonderful tour! I had booked this before I arrived in Guatemala, and was pleasantly surprised at how smoothly it all worked out. I was traveling by myself, and as it turned out, because other travelers cancelled their trip, I was the only one on the tour. It was so much fun!!!! The driver arrived on time, and was super friendly. I had a million questions, and he answered them all. On the climb itself, I never felt rushed. Even though we had an incredibly strong headwind, I, at 52, walked up Pacaya with no issues whatsoever.The terrain is loose sand-like dirt and loose lava rocks, and you're going uphill, so it's not like a stroll around the block, but it's definitely do-able. The views are amazing and the history is interesting, and my guides could not have been nicer. They even let me take a photo on the horse Estrella after we were done : Make sure you stop at the Lava Store, too. You can get a little more history and buy some trinkets if you desire. PLUS there's Ischia I think that's her name - she's a sweetie and worth the climb just to pet her! The visit to the hot springs spa was relaxing. I got to shower off the volcano dust before relaxing in the various pools.The staff here was very attentive and friendly, and you really can't beat sipping a mango smoothie in a warm pool with the sun shining and amazing blue skies as your backdrop. I really enjoyed the architecture too. I highly recommend this trip. It was a nice nature break from the busy city.

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