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“Amazing Trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Pacaya Volcano

Pacaya Volcano
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Pacaya Trek Volcano Round-Trip Transportation from Antigua
Ranked #3 of 80 things to do in Antigua
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Tegucigalpa, Honduras
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“Amazing Trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2013

This is a must do thing in Guatemala, Although if you aren't in a very good shape take a horse ( or Taxi horse as locals call it) from the beginning and negotiate the price, they will ask 100 Q. Once you are up its just amazing, set your phone or camera on video to be ready if there is a burst in the volcano. Go in the morning if you go in rainy season because it usually rains in the afternoon.

Visited August 2013
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“Very challenging walk up!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

We wentvwith a group, payrd 9$ per person forvtransport and guide. The climb upnwas too fast for us and too difficult... Atvabout 2/3 ofvthe way we asked to be taken with a horse to the top... We payed 8$ per horse..... Oncevwe got to the top itvwas great....

Visited August 2013
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“I did it!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013

It is a doable hike for a person in average shape. There are people with horses on the mountain that walk in back of you in hopes that you will get tired and pay to ride their horse. Bring lots of water and snacks. There are plenty of rest areas with interesting facts about the volcanos. I felt safe on the mountain with my guide and the varies security personnel (carrying machetes, guns, and walkie talkies) on the mountain. The only thing is that I was not sure how I would know the difference between security and the "bad guys".

Visited August 2013
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middletown
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“Wow...what a great day!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

It is a rather steep trail up, but you have the option of hiring a natural taxi (horses that is). One or two took that option in the group.We made the trip by foot. We had about 10 in our group and had a great trip. It is best to go in the morning (much less chance of rain). If there are going to be clouds, it will likely be in the afternoon. You will be tired when you get home, but well worth the extra effort. The views are wonderful and you end up as close as safely possible to an active volcano..

Visited August 2013
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“Worth the trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2013

Even though it rained when we were descending, I am glad we went out to Pacaya.

We did not book through a tour, we just had our driver take us out to the Volcano. At the base, we found a guide (Q150) who took care of finding us parking (Q20) and a couple horses (Q100 per person each way). If you think that you're going to use a horse, hire one right away, and no one will bother you for the rest of your trip.

The hike itself wasn't bad, and I could have managed without the horse (in fact, I sent it back part of the way up), but my husband appreciated being able to ride up to the end of the forest. At the end of the treeline, there's a barbed wire fence, so if you want to ascend higher, you have to do it on foot. We went as high as we could, but we could not get to the summit because of a recent small eruption. Even where we climbed, visibility was generally poor because a storm was coming in, and the top of the volcano was in the middle of a cloud. However, there were a few moments where the clouds would part, and we were treated to views of the land around the volcano.

The guides spoke very limited English, so you might want to go with an organized trip if you speak no Spanish. We weren't too worried about safety as we were there with our driver/guard, but also there were rangers the whole way up.

Just past the top of the treeline is a little tienda selling silver and lava stone jewelry. Proceeds go to help with local economy, and the jewelry itself is unique and pretty.

Visited August 2013
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