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“A great walk - with a mini-eruption too!”
Review of Pacaya Volcano

Pacaya Volcano
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$15.00*
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Hike to Pacaya Volcano from Antigua
Ranked #4 of 51 things to do in Antigua
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

The little walk up the volcano is fabulous - use the bathrooms at the visitor centre - or there's an outhouse about 30 minutes into the walk. The only really steep bit is right at the start.... there are plenty of horses to rent if you think you can't make it. The moon-scape is a stark contrast to shocking green on the hills that have not been covered by lava. This is an active volcano - so stay with your guide (and don't forget the tip when you're done!)

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Reviewed July 23, 2013 via mobile

This was a fun hike. I like orchids and they where fun to see in the wild. Our guide was nice a generally helpful. One annoying point is the horse people. I'm in fair shape and did not have a problem with the hike. However, the first part of the journey they push you hard so that you will get a horse. I got tired of horse breath on my rear. One of my kids took a horse and the horse person was really nice. I would do this again

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Reviewed July 23, 2013 via mobile

Overall we thoroughly enjoyed this experience!!!
Firstly ensure the booking agent writes down your correct hotel for pick up as we had to go bck to the agent after 20 mins past our due pick up, luckily the agent was 100m away. This happened to another couple as well which made us late getting away. Our initial van pick up took us to a larger bus to meet the rest if our group, approx 16. To our surprise they pointed out an coffee and bakery shop to everyone before departure which was a nice surprise as we were told there's available at that hour (7am). We had prepared snacks the night before but can always use a coffee. The trip takes an hour by charter bus and is quite bumpy. The driver explained once there that the guys waiting outside the bus with horses aren't with them and we don't need to use them. An older lady fluent in Spanish did hire a horse to get 2/3 the way up but it's an easy climb for about 1-1.5hr depending on fitness. We had a guide included in our ride cost of US$10 or GTQ$150. Park entry is GTQ$50. Wear proper shoes!!! As there's an optional downhill shingle run which is awesome!!!! Near the top the guide informs us his tour costs stop here but for a voluntary tip he will take us higher to see/touch the rock that is omitting steam. So we tipped GTQ$10 for this an also got the downhill run :). Scenery is beautiful. At the bottom where your bus is be prepared for the kids to request money or some of your snacks.

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Reviewed July 18, 2013

Even if we didn't climb up to the top, it was not permitted, the whole experience is nice. The climb is not so easy, the path is very good by the way. There is great view to the rest three volcanos. Take something food, to warm it up on the top, where there is smoke of the volcano.

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Reviewed July 16, 2013

it was a good trek however there is little information to be gathered on site about the volcano. Worth a visit though, beautiful views

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