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chosing a volcano to see

We are trying to decide between Pacaya or Acatenango volcanos for a day trip. Has anyone been to both that could recomend which is a better one to hike and more intersting to see? we aren't concerend with hiking difficulty levels but more with scenic things like flowing lava and views.

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I did Pacaya yesterday , to be honest did not impressed me, you do a easy very dusty hike for almost 2 hours with local guide speaking spanglish and you dont get really close to the lava because security reasons. The guides push to tip and is over crowded hike with lots of group walking at same time. Lot of horses around make the scenery around so dusty because their heavy walk . really got red eyes and kilo of dust in my clothes, hair and shoes.

The scenery is not wild at all, lot of piles and other stuffs in the way and in the top of the hike was really windy, very almost flew up!!!that was funny.

dont know the other volcano but i guess at least will be less crowd from the very loudy americans.

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I haven't done either, but the attraction of the Pacaya hike is that you can get close to the lava. And it's an easier hike. If you're feeling lazy or just tired, locals will be renting horses to ride.

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Thanks for the input! I think the only thing making pacaya atractive to us is being close to the lava so we'll have to think about it and do more research I guess. If you don't mind my asking have you been to lake atitilan while there? we are also thinking of going there for a day.

thanks :)

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lake atitlan is beautiful but wqill be better if you stay in some hotel in one town or village around and enjoy sunsets and pretty relax walk around or kayaking on the lake or swimming in the lake, got good views and plenty to do around and enteratain your self.

DONT GO TO PACAYA, is rip off!!! bore dusty and dissapointed

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Lake Atitlan is not to be missed! You haven't mentioned how long your trip is, but I'd definitely opt for more time around the lake and less time in Antigua. Check out the Posada in Santiago, Casa del Mundo in Jaibalito, or Lomas in Tzunana (www.atitlan.com). If you're on a tight budget, try San Pedro.

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Whatever you do, dono't try the volcano unless you are on a guided tour. We use Old Time Outfitters in Antigua, and have never had problems.......but others have "met some of the locals" when trying to hike Pacaya.

If you have either a Thurs or Sunday to spare, I would recommend doing the Antigua - Atitlan -Chichicastenango route.

Chichi has a huge market on Thirsdays and Sundays, and it is half way between Atitlan and Antigua. It is easy to arrange transport (about $5pp each way) when in Antigua through any of the tur companies.

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