We went with a tour group to Pacaya and expected it to be an "easy" hike as was stated in the brochure. My husband and I are very active runners and are in very good shape. I had a very tough time with this hike. The ground is mostly a sand-like consistency, which makes it difficult to get your footing, and your clothes will get very dusty. I realized, about 20 minuted into the hike, that the reason I was so winded was also because of the altitude. I would classify the hike as moderate to difficult, but the guides do a good job stopping and letting people catch up. There were some older people in our group that definitely benefited from the breaks. You don't actually get to go to the top of the volcano, rather you go next to it and look at it, a bit disappointing. Parts of the hike back down were on a different path and was quite slow moving. It was so steep that I kept expecting to fall and slide down on my butt. Overall, this was a nice experience and good exercise. I would definitely put this on your "to-do" list.
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