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PACAYA VOLCANO TOUR

The Pacaya Volcano is one of 3 active volcanoes in Guatemala and one of the most active in Central America. It is also part of the well known Ring of Fire. The Pacaya Volcano National Park is only a 1 and a half hour drive from the Colonial City of Antigua or from Guatemala City. We offer departures from both twice daily at 7:30 a.m. and at 2 p.m.

The Pacaya Volcano’s most recent period of activity started in 1961, when half of the volcano collapsed. It has been active since then, with a good number of important and continous eruptions and lava flows, which sculpt the main peak changing its appearance every day. This has gained the Pacaya Volcano a prominent place in the "must-do activities" list for our visitor while in Guatemala. This is not only due to its mind-blowing volcanic activity itself... but also because of the interesting way in which the volcanic complex has developed. The type of volcanic eruption (strombolian) makes getting close to the lava flow possible most of the time.

From the base of the volcano it is possible to observe its active cone and the "Calderas Lagoon". Sometimes the lava flows to one side of the volcano. You may also see different mountains, craters and volcanic formations that are part of this “one of a kind” volcanic complex.

The main trail starts at around 5740 ft above sea level and will take you up to almost 7500 ft above sea level. With a slightly steep start, the Pacaya Volcano offers an easy to intermediate 1 and a half hour hike to the base of the main cone that reaches its highest point at 8372 ft above sea level. The access to the main crater is closed to the public by the Pacaya Volcano National Park's administration since 2008, after months of more significant activity. Don’t worry though! You don’t need to get there to see the red glowing lava! It comes out from one side of the cone, after a 30 minute walk over freshly deposited and solidified lava.

Come and enjoy the beauty of the Pacaya Volcano and learn about volcanoes and Guatemala´s geology with our professional guides. Give yourself some time to experience the power of nature happening right before your eyes.

From true nature lovers to adventurers looking for fresh air and a good day's workout, the Pacaya Volcano is a jaw dropping paradise, with 3 different micro climates, moon-like valleys, tons of volcanic ash and stunning views of other volcanoes and the Valley of Guatemala City.

There are several small companies offering tours to the Pacaya Volcano leaving from Anigua Guatemala every day at very low prices, but don't let them fool you when they say it is a tour. What they really offer is only a bus ticket and sometimes a Spanish-speaking local guide who will only walk ahead of you to show you the way and nothing else. This is mostly directed at young back packing travelers who can't afford anything else.

Fortunately, there is a tour for the world class traveler and more discerning and demanding traveler, who wants to go to the Pacaya Volcano and have a real tour with professional guidance. On our Pacaya Volcano Tour you will learn about the formation and the geology of the volcano and receive appropriate information from our English-speaking professional guides, who have years of experience in the field, wilderness first aid certification by accreditted institutions with international standards such as the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in the US and a fully equiped first aid kit.


Ours is a 100% PRIVATE tour in which you will set your own pace, instead of runnig up the trail with 30 more people on a collective tour. You will only have to worry about bringing proper footwear and some extra layers of clothing, since we provide you with everything: from enough drinking water, an on-trail snack and lunch as part of your tour. Your park entrance fee is also included as well as comfortable private transportation. You may also rent a mule at the volcano if you are not fit enough to walk all the way up at an additional cost. Your guides will ALWAYS look after you, assess your fitness level and give you support to carry on all the way to see the lava, putting your safety and well being first and foremost, while they make it a point to make the volcano your very own and stay away from the crowds...


 
 

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