Volcán Pacaya, Antigua

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One of the country's most active volcanoes, Volcán Pacaya erupts regularly but usually in a mildly explosive fashion. As a visitor, you'll have the opportunity to take guided tours around this natural wonder, which features cooled lava chambers and hot spots (over which you can roast marshmallows). Consider taking a horseback tour of the volcano for a quick and less strenuous excursion compared to the 1.5-hour uphill hike. Put Volcán Pacaya into our Antigua day trip planning site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Unable to track to top due to recent eruptions, interesting seeing lava field but it was a steep slog and views weren’t any more rewarding than other locations, Go early before clouds/rain come in  more »
  • We hiked up the Pacaya volcano to spend the night. We arrived late due to insane traffic so hiked in the dark. But our patience was rewarded with insane views (and sounds) of the volcano erupting. Def...  more »
  • This place was just stunning. It was a relatively difficult hike for me, as I’m not in great shape. If you get too tired they have horses that you can rent along the way. We walked across the lava fie...  more »
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  • We went with close friends an experience that we will never forget. Our kids loved it and still talk about it. The hike was great, the views are magnificent. We rented the walking sticks, there were horses that followed the group, all of us made it up fine.
  • Great tour. Just go with the flow, but a few things..... Good idea to "rent the walking stick" if you don't have poles There will be guides with horses that follow you asking if you want "taxi"; it's totally annoying, but they eventually go away
  • Excellent day excursion from Antigua, about 1.5 hr trip. The trek up is manageable but somewhat steep, you should be in decent to good physical shape. Dress comfortable...You will get tired but the views are worth it. They do have horses (with guide) for rent that you can mount if the hike is too much. Recommend taking a flashlight if doing the sunset hike since it's quite dark when descending.
  • Really cool experience and not as hard of a hike as others say. Going with a group you will get PLENTY of opportunities to stop. I'd recommend bringing some food to eat at the top since our group hung out for about 20 minutes before heading down.
  • PACAYA A MUST. watching lava live is priceless. If you dont care about money rent the horse. Hiking shoes is a must.
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