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Hike to Pacaya Volcano from Antigua

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Antigua, Guatemala
Hike to Pacaya Volcano from Antigua

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icon6 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Pacaya Volcano is one of the most active—and most popular—in all of Guatemala. Stationed some 8,000 feet (2,500 meters) above sea level, this destination is an ideal spot for travelers who want an easy hike, epic views, and some memorable stories. This tour allows you the comfort and ease of pre-arranged transportation to ensure you get the most out of your hike.
  • Transportation to Pacaya Volcano from Antigua
  • See one of Guatemala's most active volcanoes
  • Hike to the top with a professional local guide
  • Take in the views from the top of the volcano
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Trail Guide in both languages Spanish-English (Basic English)
Hotel pickup (selected hotels only)
Collective transportation Antigua-Volcano-Antigua
Entrance fee Q100.00 per person
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Horse ride (Q100.00 one way/ Q200.00 round trip)

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- We can pick up in any centrally located Antigua Hotels, Air BnB and family homestays. - We DON'T pick up in the villages around like hotels or Air BnB in Santa Ana, San Bartolomé Becerra, Ciudad Vieja, San Juan del Obisto, Santa Inés or Santo Domingo del Cerro. - You are purchasing a collective service, this means several people will join the tour. This means that the van will experience some delays caused by travellers that are not ready in time, or gave a wrong address. Please be Patient. - Please sen us your hotel name or home address to confirm the reservation.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 12 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Take note that Rainy Season is from May to October, more chance of rain in the afternoons
  • The hike it runs even if it's raining.
  • Wear hiking boots with good traction and toe protection, pants, jacket (rain coat and waterproof clothing in rainy season)
  • Only cash of quetzals is accepted to pay the admission fee
  • If you want to rent a horse, bring cash of quetzals
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Voyageur Tours
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.

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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Hike to Pacaya Volcano 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
See all safety measures taken by Hike to Pacaya Volcano from Antigua.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Hike to Pacaya Volcano from Antigua?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Hike to Pacaya Volcano from Antigua.

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  • "Be prepared to be in a vehicle for a long time." See review
  • "The trip was well organized and a great value !Definetily worthy doing if you are up for a hike!If you are in fair shape without knee issues you should be fine" See review

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star-5
Gteat little hike to start the day.
Bradley_R
, Aug 2022
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.
star-4
Memorable Experience
Daniela_G
, Aug 2022
Overall this trip was great. Wished the Sunrise tour would have been available though, but still a good experience. The process from pick up, ticketing, and hiking was organized. They kept the groups together, which was a little frustrating for experienced hikers.. you stop pretty often to gather the group, we ended up passing our group and waiting for them at the end. They provide marshmallows to roast in the volcanic rocks and allow time for pictures. Make sure you book the pizza ahead of time! Be aware of the kids selling hiking sticks, they are relentless and basically attacked me and wouldn't leave me alone even after repeatedly telling them no. Only major complaint was our shuttle driver (C-471BRV/ transport touristico terrestre #10569) he legitimately dozed off several times while driving up and down winding roads to AND from the hike; he should not be allowed to drive buses full of people anywhere if he can't stay awake!
star-5
Everything you need to know about this hike!
Maila_S
, Jul 2022
This is a great once in a lifetime experience, but this is also a real hike. If you're not a hiker, be prepared for a little challenge. There were multiple stopping points, but I had to add a few more for myself. There is an option for horses to bring you up the mountain, I didn't choose that option because I like a little challenge, but it's there if you want to. With horses comes horse poo, so be aware of that. Wear sneakers with good grip and I got a walking stick because it does get pretty slippery. Overall a great experience with great views! I'm glad to say I've hiked an active volcano before!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Awesome experience
kartikeya_m
, Jul 2022
Amazing amazing experience. Everything was just great. Highly recommend going and enjoying the hike.
star-5
Great experience! East...
Dario_M
, Jul 2022
Great experience! East communication with drivers. Very fun and informative trip. Would highly recommend
star-5
Great hike and views
Beatriz_C
, Jul 2022
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.
star-5
Excellent Excursion
John_B
, Jul 2022
The trip was very well organized, transportation was comfortable. We were well prepared based on the instructions given to us. Once we arrived at the park, we were greeted with friendly guides. We took horses up but the hike definitely was manageable if we hadn't. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone coming to Antigua.
star-5
Tough hike but great view and wonderful Experixance
Lewis_J
, Jun 2022
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.
star-5
Very accomodating!
ELIZABETH_G
, May 2022
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!
3 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Great hike, guides and overall experience!
Erika_K
, May 2022
This was a wonderful experience. The guides were helpful, encouraging during the hike and knowledgable about the recent activity of the Volcano. We went on a cloudy afternoon but the weather cleared up just enough when we got to the top to get some great photos! Feeling the heat from the ground and roasting marshmallows at the top was such a wild experience. The hike was just challenging enough for someone who is active, but not necessarily in shape (me), and made for a nice workout. There are horses available, as well.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Cloudy Sunset Hike
Lindsay_D
, May 2022
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.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-4
Great experience!
Zeetia_M
, May 2022
Shuttle was on time to pick me up. You can rent a horse to go hike or a hiking stick. I got both but barely used my horse. This was a great experience, I enjoyed roasting marshmallows. My tour guide was friendly and accommodating! (As an extra) Pizza made from heat of volcano is available for purchase at end of tour, pizza was great and experience was a vibe (pizza very pricey tho). I wish the hike went higher up the volcano we stopped at the Lava store and I was expecting to keep hiking. Overall great experience and I would recommend.
star-4
Hot Rock Marshmallows and Perro Caliente!
Cliff_O
, Apr 2022
Good visit to the volcano despite the weather! Tour bus was about 30 minutes late departing. But guides were friendly. They offer walking sticks or horses throughout the hike. I rode horseback on “Chulo” up and back which was worth it. The horses are thin but in good shape and appear well cared for with horseshoes. The guide, Jose, walked the horse the whole way so no solo riding. We were also escorted by several friendly dogs. The pyroclastic flow (as of this review) is from March 2021. There is an opportunity to walk out on the rocks and roast marshmallows at some of the vents. We were escorted by one dog who seemed to enjoy the warm rocks, I dubbed him “Perro Caliente”. Amazing to see and very well worth the trek! Wear good shoes and be prepared for cloudy wet weather. The guides have ponchos if it rains. No food is really available so bring snacks and water.
star-4
Nice and interesting climb to the Pacaya
Karina_Z
, Apr 2022
It was nice and easy to climb volcano. The begining looks hard, but possible to make. I didnt like that there were horses coming very close to the group of people (intended to catch the first one that think cannot make it). It is in total 2,5h climbing, looking and goinf down if you bring your own food. On top is difficult to sit, hard lava is everywhere and there are not a lot of smooth places to sit. You have the possibility to feel the heat comig out from the volcano in some places (there are some holes made on the lava), but it is not so bad, my soils were not melted at least. There is also a pizza place (they cook pizza with the heat coming from the Pacaya) and also a lava store. The guides were nice but they knew quite few about easy questions as "why the colors of the lava?, "how high we were" and so on. But they brought marshmallows and it was interesting to be there. Specially for childrens I wouild highl recemmend it.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Definitely worth it
Evan_G
, Mar 2022
Guide was awesome and trip was beautiful. I wouldn’t say the hike is hard but know your personal fitness level. It gets steep at some points and isn’t a cake walk. The view at the top is breath taking and roasting marshmallows was fun.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you Evan for your great review on the tour!
star-5
Hard Hike
Daniela_B
, Mar 2022
I had a great Friday morning doing this hike. It is somewhat difficult but worth it for the views and company.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Great!! Happy to read you did well!!
star-2
Bad Tour
Sabrina_S
, Feb 2022
The driving to the Vulcano was good, but the guid was not good. he walk so fast and we are have to walk alone up to the vulcano. He didn't like to talk with as and he just want to finished the tour so quickli as possibel. and the way down he wan't that we take the shorter dangeres way. We had much fun with the other people but de guid was not good. I dont recomand this tour.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Hi Sabrina, we are sorry to hear your bad experience. In our description of the tour, we do specify that our guide is a treck guide, they don´t speak english. But we will address this concern to him.
star-5
Great hike with awesome views
Heather_L
, Feb 2022
This was a fairly tough hike up but we’ll worth it for the views. Also a unique experience to walk on lava rocks. I would 100% do it again.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
We are happy to hear that you had a great time!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great day trip
Amy_C
, Feb 2022
A large international group. Very enthusiastic guides with good English. Hike was harder than expected but I resisted taking a “taxi” (horse).
star-5
Great Experience!!! - Highly recommend!
Elena_B
, Jan 2022
It is a great experience! Amazing hike! The volcano is Beautiful. The guide are very helpful and knowledgeable. - Highly recommend!

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