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Hike to Pacaya Volcano from Antigua
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Hike to Pacaya Volcano from Antigua

By Voyageur Tours
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Go hiking on Pacaya Volcano with the convenience of this full-day tour from Antigua. Benefit from round-trip transport to the trailhead and a guide who accompanies your group up the most active volcano in Guatemala. Be prepared for rough terrain and a moderately challenging trek with a local guide who may speak limited English. Prebooked transportation makes it easy to get to and from the volcano.
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Ages 4-50, max of 20 per group
Duration: 6h
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Live guide: English, Spanish
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Highlights
  • Suitable for people with a moderate level of fitness
  • Includes round-trip transport from Antigua
  • Get sweeping views from the volcano
  • Hike more safely in the company of a local guide

  • Trail Guide in both languages Spanish-English (Basic English)
  • Hotel pickup (selected hotels only)
  • Collective transportation Antigua-Volcano-Antigua
What's not included
  • Entrance fee Q100.00 per person
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Horse ride (Q200.00-Q300.00 round trip)
  • Entry/Admission - Pacaya Volcano


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • - This tour is for people with good physical condition. We strongly advice people with heart problems or breathing limitations like asthma, NOT TO DO THIS TOUR. - We can pick up in any centrally located Antigua Hotels, Air BnB and family homestays. - We DON'T pick up in the villages around like hotels or Air BnB in Santa Ana, San Bartolomé Becerra, Ciudad Vieja, San Juan del Obisto, Santa Inés or Santo Domingo del Cerro, Antika or San Pedro el Panorama. - You are purchasing a collective service, this means several people will join the tour. This means that the van will experience some delays caused by travellers that are not ready in time, or gave a wrong address. Please be Patient. - Please sen us your hotel name or home address to confirm the reservation.
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Not wheelchair accessible
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 17499P4

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • Children must be accompanied by an adult
        • Minimum age is 8 years
        • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
        • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
        • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
        • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
        • Take note that Rainy Season is from May to October, more chance of rain in the afternoons
        • The hike it runs even if it's raining.
        • Wear hiking boots with good traction and toe protection, pants, jacket (rain coat and waterproof clothing in rainy season)
        • Only cash of quetzals is accepted to pay the admission fee
        • If you want to rent a horse, bring cash of quetzals
        • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers

        • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

        How much is Hike to Pacaya Volcano from Antigua?
        Hike to Pacaya Volcano from Antigua price starts from C$47.94. Discover and book Hike to Pacaya Volcano from Antigua on Tripadvisor
        What is the Hike to Pacaya Volcano from Antigua cancellation policy?
        Hike to Pacaya Volcano from Antigua cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Hike to Pacaya Volcano from Antigua on Tripadvisor
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        Dixie H
        2 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jan 2020
        We did the half-day tour from Antigua and we had a great time! My partner and I are moderate hikers and did not find the hike to be particularly challenging but very pretty and a great was to see a volcano. There are some parts of the trail that are steep but then it levels out. The trail has amazing views of Fuego Volcano, and Acatenango Volcano as well as Guatemala City and Antigua. The tour company was good and our tour guide for the trail, Carina, was awesome and very knowledgeable.
        Written January 8, 2020
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        Chris J
        1 contribution
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Feb 2020 • Family
        It was a large group, so unless you rode a horse and the guide spoke English, you couldn’t learn anything along the way. I don’t think this was a simple hike. It took 21/2 hours and once you were on the lava rock your balance was very difficult. Even my 17 year old fell, catching herself with hands caused lots of blood! Even so, getting close to the peak of the volcano where it was hot enough to roast marshmallows was pretty freakin awesome! Do it!
        Written February 7, 2020
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        Ale M
        3 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Overall, this was a great experience and my friends and I are very happy to have booked it. I would book this hike again! The hike itself is amazing and the views are gorgeous. Wear good shoes! Bring a friend.

        I was feeling very confident reading so many reviews saying the hike isn’t difficult, but I ended up needing a horse. The hike is a bit difficult and the path is very steep. I would say this is a medium difficulty hike. I think the beginning is the hardest part. I am a fat woman who is comfortable hiking, going on long walks, and doing many physical activities. I am used to going on hikes, but it was still a bit difficult for me because the terrain is quite rough. The walk up is about 45 mins to an hour, and 30 to 45 on the way down.

        The driver Carlos was excellent at handling the tight streets in Antigua and the winding roads up in the mountain. The guide Ervin was very nice and always made time to stop and catch our breath.

        When you first start the hike, the horse guides crowd the group and follow you for the first 10 mins. It’s quite uncomfortable to be walking in the middle of horses while they poo and fart. The horse guides are also bumping into the group. I understand that working in tourism is a hustle, but this was uncomfortable - yet it worked to get me to pay for a horse. I ended up getting a horse and it was very nice, although there are no helmets and the horses walk very close to the edge of the cliff.

        It would be much more comfortable if the horse guides walked a bit behind to avoid crowding the path and stepping on horse poo.

        It seems like the horse guides choose the price on the spot. It was 300 Q for going up and down, and 200 for just one way. I didn’t have any cash on me, so the driver stopped at an ATM on the way back so I could pay the horse guide.
        Written October 12, 2022
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        Jbal
        Lomita, CA23 contributions
        2.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jun 2022 • Family
        I have to say that the actual volcano hike was good, it is pretty intense but worth it. The issue we had was being crammed into a bus at full capacity, no seat belts and our driver was driving super fast. It took almost 2 hours to get there because we kept stopping for more and more people. The driver didn’t know where he had picked people up from and when we got out to let other people get off the bus, he drove away and we had to chase the bus! I feel like they need to have better communication with what the transportation entails because I would’ve thought twice before paying for this. The tour was good but it was still in Spanish even though we requested English of twine in our group, but the tour guides were really nice. They gave us as many marshmallows to toast as we wanted and even held everyone’s trash for us. They have a small store and a guy selling pizza. The small pizza is 250 quetzales and a large is 350. Overall I recommend the hike but beware of the transportation.
        Written July 4, 2022
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        Jay R
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Nov 2023 • Family
        As others have mentioned: the park entrance fee is likely not included in your 'booked excursion', so check closely and bring quetzales. I like to hike at a brisk walking pace, which is what our guide was doing. I could keep up with him, but I was definitely huffing and puffing a bit (not sure if altitude and/or we were on second day of trip and my legs felt a bit tired). So it took me about an hour, but a so-so conditioned person can do it in 80 minutes, with short rests here and there. It's actually quite vigorous, I recommend bringing a minimum of 24 ozs of water and wear short sleeves. I wore hiking type pants and hiking shoes. Shorts would have been ok. Sneakers would work, although they'd likely get really dirty. There is definitely quite a bit of rocky/rooty terrain.

        (Our excursion included then going to 'hot springs' that were really some heated pools at a hotel, but they did feel good, it was not too over-crowded and it was an enjoyable post-hike relaxation activity)
        Written November 25, 2023
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        Malecia B
        9 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Feb 2022 • Friends
        I enjoyed this hike so much! Not only did I hike an active volcano but I enjoyed getting to know the other people in our group and the information (facts) that our guide gave us. Her dog Terry was great entertainment as well and led us along with her. Reaching the top was an amazing feat and roasting marshmallows was fun.
        Written March 1, 2022
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        Thank you very much for your comment. We love to know that our clients enjoy the tour!
        Written March 3, 2022
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        Maila
        3 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jun 2022
        The hike was a little intense, but it's definitely a once in a lifetime experience. We took many breaks along the way and there were some great photos ops. I recommend getting a walking stick because it can be slippery. Transportation was communicated very well and pickup was on time.
        Written July 22, 2022
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        Josiah A
        2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jan 2023 • Solo
        Expect about 6 hours. Several people had trouble with the hike. If you’re a large person, or unfit, don’t attempt it or expect to pay $200 q’s for a horse. If you’re moderately fit (maybe hike a few miles a few times a week), it was not hard at all.

        Fun times. Had marshmallows. Super safe and locals were very accommodating. Voyageur picked me up on time.

        Bring hand sanitizer, water (24 ounces was plenty) and a jacket (was 55 degrees with wind at the top). Enjoy it!
        Written January 7, 2023
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        Allie A
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Oct 2022
        The day of this excursion started very early, but we had no complaints as everything went smoothly. We were picked up right outside of our hostel and were able to get breakfast at a small cafe right on the outside of Antigua before transferring to a larger bus and heading out of town. The ride was not too long heading to the volcano, about 1 hour-1.5 maybe, and it was smooth. The bus we were taken in actually had big windows, so we were able to take pictures while heading to the destination.

        We had no problems from start to finish. The pick up was seamless and so was the drop off. Our driver and the tour guides were sooo nice and I am glad I was able to cross this off my bucket list with such an amazing group. Thank you Voyageur Tours!
        Written November 8, 2022
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        dreamer215
        Philadelphia, PA66 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Feb 2023 • Friends
        This was definitely a great experience and I would recommend for anyone visiting Antigua, or Guatemala in general.

        One thing I want to call out for this particular hike is that it is quite strenuous, and the tour guide is on a timeline. So if you’re truly out of shape, you won’t be able to go at the slower pace that you may need. My friends and I resorted to hiring horses midpoint. If you know you will need more time for the hike, check out other tour options. For instance we saw a group of senior citizens, and apparently their group hiked to a midpoint.

        Otherwise, the driver was on time (actually ahead of time), and our tour guide was great.

        P.S. we were charged Q10 to rent the walking sticks (very much recommended)
        Written February 14, 2023
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