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Reviewed 3 days ago

Really didnt like the ascent, it was tough and the pace fast, and if you were at the back you had horses at your behind, with kids pressuring you to take a 'taxi'. Once the horses turned back, the pace slowed. This ruined it for...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Kathy M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It's not a super long hike but a bit steep in a few part. Roasting marshmallows on lava was one of the coolest things I've done in my life. Make sure you have proper shoes and a torch for the way down.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank CristinaEdithP
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Warning***this is not a medium hike. Unless you are an avid climber/hiker. It is a steep climb that gets tougher with the altitude. I am pretty athletic, but I struggled with this climb. I'll tell you why. If you are an athlete used to running,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Dizzle28
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Okay, it’s a hike. It’s about 2 hours up on foot. There are horses available for 100Q if you want to ride. You can take a horse from the start or just about anywhere on the way up as they will follow you and continue...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Leigh-Traveler2015
Reviewed 6 days ago

Is the first time in my life saw an extremely active volcano that spews lava and continuously smokes. The hike is easy in my own experience. But for some people is very hard. The hikes need physical condition, you continually climbing, very hard for the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank ShavyB
Reviewed 1 week ago

You cannot go to Antigua without climbing one of the Volcanoes. However, in my case i would never have made it to the top without the help of the friendly horse who carried me up! What a view when you get there, and to see...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Trish P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very knowledgable guides and plenty of opportunities for a break. Stunning views at the top/basin. 100% recommend roasting marshmellows at the top, so fun!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Anna D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have ever walked in the cloud, stayed on cooling down lava and cooked marshmellows on it? Yes, you can do there!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Linas K
Reviewed 1 week ago

They insisted very much on us taking a guide but we knew we didn't need one, they let us pass after a while, and it's the truth you don't need a guide ! Easy hike, just use common sense and don't jump in the lava,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Lucie L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When was the last time in your life that you did something for the first time? Climbing on an active volcano is definitely such an experience. My heart jumps every time when thinking of standing close to the caldera and I saw the red lava...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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December 2, 2018|
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Response from Cathmac07 | Reviewed this property |
Agree with everyone else. A light rain jacket and proper hiking shoes are essential. Take water to sip, there is a little tienda for water, food and beer at the bottom and they sell water near the top. This was one of my... More
Jozty A
August 3, 2018|
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Response from MANEL H | Reviewed this property |
It's hard but you can do it. It will cost around $12-$20 considered there is a bus that takes you to the skirts of the volcano. it is so worthy, however, it is hot and at some points a little steep but I saw some people... More
Terry C
March 25, 2018|
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Response from TashaPea | Reviewed this property |
I would say don't pack hiking shoes just for this. Sneakers are fine if you are in decent shape and don't have ankle issues. Hiking boots would be better, but only if you have the space in your luggage.
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Victor A
West New York, New Jersey
"Day Tours around Antigua" (4 Replies)
I will be traveling to Antigua in 3weeks for 2days and would like to know of any day tours recommendations other than Pacaya Volcano? Thanks. Victor
November 05, 2011|
Response fromVictor A|
Thanks Hopefulist for the reply I will check out their page.
just back from Guatemala, some info! (9 Replies)
Hi all, Just back from my most interesting trip ever. Guatemala is a wonderful country with breathtaking landscapes and extremly friendly people. I usually read advice from other travellers, but this time I feel like posting some info: - climbing the Pacaya volcano is an amazing experience, however you guys should know that this is a serious hike. they don't tell you anything when they book you on a tour, but be prepared for two hours of steep hike, the second half on sharp lava rocks. buy...More
January 14, 2009|
Response frommayaphile|
Thanks. I was wondering about Fuentes del Norte and its first class. They have a lot of buses, mostly second class, but there seem to be three first class night ones listed at 8, 9 and 10 PM. A person could also take a half night bus at 2 PM with them. It's good to know that there is another option to the aging Linea Dorada "luxury" buses and Autobuses del Norte's first class "plus" How much did you pay in Quetzals? Did you climb way up the mountain and see the village? It is quite a view.
Boulder, Colorado
13 day itinerary in Guatemala (4 Replies)
hello again Guatemala community. We are trying to finalize our itinerary, so would love any suggestions. The first part seems rushed, but if it is actually possible it would be great as it slows down later. March 21 fly into GC and stay one night March 22 early bus to Rio Dulce and boat to Livingston for 1 night March 23 boat back to Rio Dulce and bus to Flores, stay one night March 24 visit Tikal, stay night in Tikal March 25 see sunrise tour in morning, visit Flores, overnight bus to...More
January 22, 2018|
Response fromhopefulist|
That's just way too much - your'e going to have to leave some things out. I count 9 or 10 places to sleep in just 3 nights? Whoa Nellie! Some of your transitions don't make sense as well. For example, you'll miss the colectivo boat from Rio Dulce to Livingston - there might be options for a ($$$) charter. The return to Rio Dulce will have to be in the morning in order to fit in the 5 hour trip to Flores and the colectivo boat leaves Livingston in the afternoon - another charter or cross to...More