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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was really fun and not too difficult hike. You get to walk over lava flows from the 2010 eruption and can feel the heat from just a few inches below the surface. You can also see lava slowly leaking from the top of pacaya.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank richt1791
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This hike is not that easy, but doable even if you are not used to hikes in the mountains but are generally in good health. You need closed shoes and might want to bring a jacket. I didn't, and it was quite cold especially at...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank stephanh535
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We hiked recently the Pacaya Volcano and can absolutely recommend this half-day trip! It‘s like a 60-90min ride from Antigua. First of all, I had the impression that it does not matter with which company you book the tour. We have been in a mini-van...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank thecha404
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I have done plenty of hikes but first time on an active volcano. It's about 1.5 to 2 hours drive from Antigua to the entrance of the national park. It's a moderate to difficult hike (about 1.5 hours) to the volcano. There...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank aph1985
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great hike, it's a nice work out for outdoors type of persons, could be considered difficult because of the path to go up but incredible views on a clear day

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Such a nice hike! Not difficult at all, but so cool - when the weather is clear. Walking on dried lava, roasting marshmallows on the volcano and watching lava casually slide down the volcano was an unbelievable experience! Most agencies in Antigua offer the tour...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank stinefranker
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I know this is a bit too old but glad i am finally getting around to it. Last easter my family took a break and toured Guatemala. From Volcano to lakes it was all worth it.Our first adventure was the Pacaya Volcano. My 7 and...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Nelmarie B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our excursion from Antigua in the morning brought us to Pacaya, where at the moment that we reached "the top" we could see lava coming down. We walked a distance, while " surfing over the loose lava stones to get closer. Amazing experience!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Sabine O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is an easy hike. The beginning is uphill, but not a rough one. I did the afternoon hike, leaving ~3 pm from Antigua and we had like an hour and a half ride. When we arrived it took about and hour to reach the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank daisyviquez
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great overnight camping with Gareth & Anton from Ox Expeditions. Very patient guides (I am very slow!) and cannot recommend this company enough. Good quality tents and sleeping bags and too much food - Gringo and Boleta (perros) enjoyed my leftovers ;) All rubbish is...More

Date of experience: November 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