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“Pacaya Volcano - overnight camp”
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Pacaya Volcano
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Hike to Pacaya Volcano from Antigua
Ranked #4 of 50 things to do in Antigua
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Reviewed June 10, 2009

Rather than do the day trip with hundreds of other travellers to the vocano, you can do an overnight camp to lava with a caompany called OX, based in Antigua. You need to note a few things before you visit them. The owner Victor, an american guy, is very pushy and money orientated. Try not to deal with him - he is very in your face. The website says they supply all your camping gear, but then when we asked Victor for things on the day he refused to supply us with a torch for no apparent reason. He could have told us that at the time ofbooking and we could have got one for the trip. Even local/ex-pat cafe owenrs we spoke to said the locals do not like him because he is obsessed with money! Make sure whatevere you do, he doesnot go on your trip as a guide as he will spoil it with his bad attitude.

Now to the trek - our guides Steve and Sophie were execellent, and were english speaking. They helped everyone and were very informative and friendly. You share carrying the campig gear between the whole group and pitch the tents when you get up there. All the day groups are coming down as you trek up the volcano. You get up there and you have the volcano to yourself. You see the lava flow at night, they cook you dinner and have a few glasses of wine. In the morning you get up for sunrise, see thelava again, have breakfast before descending. It is a magical experience!!and worth the extra money. If wedidn't have to deal with Victor it woud have been the best experience but his aggresive and unfriendly attitude at the start was the only issue. Do this trip with OX for something special!

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Reviewed April 16, 2009

If you are going to do this hike up the volcano, make sure you have an experienced guide, and are in a large(ish) group, to avoid trouble. Also, I recommend boots, as my sneakers just didnt quite cut it.
The hike to the sumit was fine, but the cutting across the volcanic rock to get to the lava flow was very difficult, dangerous and painful. I would say I am extremely fit, but that doesnt help when you are sliding down the unsteady volcanic rock, which feels like shards of glass, as it cuts into your legs and hands. Be careful

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Reviewed April 2, 2009

If you ever have the opportunity, climb Vulcan Pacaya and camp overnight. I did the tour with my two daughters through Outdoor excursions - OX (www.guatemalavolcano.com) They run a very professional tour where you hike to the base of the volcano, set up your campsite and watch the sunset, and then after dark hike to the lava field.

Our guide, Kevin was the absolute best. He was fun and knowledgeable - just a great guy! We weren't seasoned hikers and he matched our pace and gave us a couple of rests along the way. The actual hike is not that hard and OX supplies all the camping gear, backpacks, sleeping bags, supper and breakfast!

The lava at night is spectacular! And we were the only ones on the mountain after all the day tours left. We got close enough to feel that intense heat, and when the fog started to roll in were glad to have an experienced guide to lead us back to our camp.

I would go again in a heartbeat, just to get more pics and hopefully see even more flowing lava - definitely worth the effort!

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Reviewed February 25, 2009

What an amazing experience to get that close to a lava flow! Yes, the hike was strenuous at times, but take your time. Yes, a lot of people cut their ankles on the lava beds, but don't wear shorts. Yes, it was freezing with incredibly high winds at the top, but wear a jacket. It amazed me how many people didn't prepare for the trip. It's like walking on the moon at the top and when the wind blows the mist over the top of the mountain it's so beautiful. I am so glad we did it and would recommend it to anyone who wants something to talk about after their return! Our guide was really nice, helping a couple who were unprepared and struggling a bit, and the ice cold beer at the base station was refreshing. And if you really feel you need a horse, it's only 12 US dollars so go for it!

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Reviewed January 17, 2009

After reading the reviews we decided to take a tour to the volcano. I am 41 and my boyfriend 48, we were the only people over 25 on the tour which would not be a problem but let me say that if you are not in amazing shape, do not do this one!! On the way up, there are horses available but they drop you off before the hardest part of the climb. One person in our group broke his ankle, most others fell a few times so make sure if you go you are wearing heavy pants. I was wearing workout pants and got some pretty bad cuts from a fall on the rocks. The tour is recommended to begin late in the day for the full affect, which is great but the return down the mountain is in pitch black. Some people had flashlights but there are so many rocks, branches, twists and turns..the guides are in front and in back of the group but everyone is very spread apart. Once we got back to the buses, there is a wait before boarding buses to make sure everyone is back and takes the correct shuttle. Watch your items, one of the girls on our tour had her backpack stolen off of her. She did eventually get it back after many ran after boy. Sorry to give such a negative review but I think before someone takes this they should know exactly what to expect. Be in amazing shape, bring really good flashlight, wear heavy pants and good luck!!!!!

Keep in mind, the sacrifices for those that do make it up to the top is worth it. Hear you will see nature in its rawest form. The mountain grows taller by the moment as new molden rock emerges. The surrounding rock emits heat that offsets the cold night air. While the smoke shifts in the night breeze. An unforgettable experience.

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