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Pacaya Volcano

Antigua, Guatemala
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Ranked #7 of 33 Attractions in Antigua
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Volcanos
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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

It cost us $10USD per person for a whole afternoon hike to pacaya. It's an easy hike but if you have some heart problems, maybe you should reconsider doing this activity. On our group there were 2 little kids (maybe one was 4 and the other one was 8) they got really tired at the end of the hike, they... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Vulcano should be active and it is, but if you want to see red lava, you will not. You can smell sulphur and thats all. The view Inside vulcano is like from Mars...so its if you dont go to Mars, go to visit Pacaya vulcano.

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London, United Kingdom
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32 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Nice hike up a real, active volcano. Lots of steam vents around the crater at the top, and of course fantastic views both into the crater and all around. Our son thought the best part was the hike back down, which featured lots of running and jumping down black volcanic sand. Great fun for the kids and really made the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Beautiful volcano with a good group guide providing lots of information. I would recommend having a basic level of fitness, as the first 4km of the 8km walk is steep uphill on uneven surfaces. Walking it in the morning is also recommended, as it is a little cooler compared to the afternoon.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

The volcano trip is nice and easy. You walk for a hour and a half, don't climb the top of the volcano and if you go out with a nice group you'll have fun. I would recommend walking around Antigua asking for prices, as different agencies offer different prices, or you can take a chicken bus and go there by... More

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Great 1 day tour from La capital or La Antigua Nice to climb in the afternoon and come down during sunset-dark Say hello to Wendy the cute girl with the horse - if you take one

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

A long drive from Guatemala City , getting lost a few times but when we arrived at Vulcan Pacaya there were some local people and a guide who took us up the volcano . It was a most amazing day . I had never ridden a horse but the local children helped us and were so charming and funny .... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

An excellent day trip out of Antigua. You need to be reasonably fit - you have to cover 3.5km in 1.5 hours, it's pretty steep at the outset and it is very hot. At the start you will be pestered by locals leading horses offering you a 'taxi' at a cost of 150 quetzales. You may be fighting for space... More

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This was one of the highlights of our trip - and I'm so glad it was as I had been building it up with the kids before we went ("we're going to walk up a live volcano!"). It's a tough walk up and back though, steep and at least an hour to an hour and half each way. However, the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Toasting marshmallows on a volcano field - how good can life get. What an experience being able to travel to here only a few month after it's last eruption. It is a bit of a hike up there but you can opt to travel on horseback at an extra cost - however don't be bullied by your guide and he... More

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