Pacaya Volcano
Pacaya Volcano
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  • Brix510
    San Jose, California977 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy hike, I’ve day trip - Pacaya won’t disappoint
    This volcano hike is relatively easy, but where is lacks in dramatic views of an active volcano that Acatanengo provides, it allows hikers to get close to recent lava flows with some steam vents and volcanic rocks all around. The hike itself is fun and the views of Agua is awesome. Definitely worth the hike and a great opportunity to share some stories and laugh with fellow hikers!
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written March 2, 2023
  • Jeniea H
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s hard, but worth it!
    This is a 1/2 day so I suggest doing this hike and then having lunch reservations somewhere in town. The hike itself is strenuous if you’re not a hiker (like myself). I struggled, but took breaks when needed. There’s an option to ride a house up for 150Q, but I chose not to. Our guides were great and knowledgeable. I would bring a small backpack with water, a snack and a hat. I did think we would get to roast the marshmallows ourselves, but that’s okay.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written March 22, 2023
  • Danger J
    Birmingham, Alabama10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pacaya Volcano Hike
    Our tour started late afternoon so we had to have a fast pace up the trail. It is not a stroll up a hill; the gradient goes up fairly consistently with a couple of rest areas. I found it challenging and I hike often. Renting a walking stick from the local kids was the best 10q I spent on my vacation. Once we got to the lava field it was amazing to experience in person. The hike back down in the dusk, with guides who had flashlights, was also really cool. I highly recommend this tour.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 26, 2023
  • JUAN C
    Miami, Florida170 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing adventure with stunning views
    Pacaya volcano tour offers incredible views and provides options for both walking and horse riding. The tour takes approximately 3 hours in each direction, so it's important to plan accordingly. Starting the tour in the morning is a great idea because it allows you to enjoy the cooler temperatures and avoid the midday heat. The views during the Pacaya volcano tour are truly breathtaking. As you ascend, you'll be able to see the surrounding landscapes, lush vegetation, and perhaps even catch glimpses of other volcanoes in the distance. Once you reach the area available for tourist to go, you'll be rewarded with an amazing panoramic view of the volcanic landscape and, if you're lucky, you might witness volcanic activity such as steam emissions from a far volcanos . Considering the time it takes to complete the tour, it's recommended to start in the morning so that you have ample time to enjoy the experience and make your way back to Antigua. By returning around midday, you'll have plenty of time to relax and indulge in a spa day at Casa Santo Domingo. Casa Santo Domingo is known for its luxurious facilities and excellent spa services, making it a perfect place to unwind and rejuvenate after your hike.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 26, 2023
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Derek S
Roslyn, NY869 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Worth the the hike. It is a fairly long very steep hike but the end is worth it. Seeing the volcano right up close is very cool.
Written August 15, 2023
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Robbert L
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,665 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Nice trip. Not superspectaculair but very nice views all around. Approx 7 km total. Beginning pretty steep but overall it s a moderate hike. Last lava eruption in 2021.
Written August 12, 2023
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Crystal
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Fun, easier hike in Antigua! It was so cool to be able to roast marshmallows on from the heat of the volcano!
Written July 8, 2023
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JUAN C
Miami, FL170 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Pacaya volcano tour offers incredible views and provides options for both walking and horse riding. The tour takes approximately 3 hours in each direction, so it's important to plan accordingly. Starting the tour in the morning is a great idea because it allows you to enjoy the cooler temperatures and avoid the midday heat.

The views during the Pacaya volcano tour are truly breathtaking. As you ascend, you'll be able to see the surrounding landscapes, lush vegetation, and perhaps even catch glimpses of other volcanoes in the distance. Once you reach the area available for tourist to go, you'll be rewarded with an amazing panoramic view of the volcanic landscape and, if you're lucky, you might witness volcanic activity such as steam emissions from a far volcanos .

Considering the time it takes to complete the tour, it's recommended to start in the morning so that you have ample time to enjoy the experience and make your way back to Antigua. By returning around midday, you'll have plenty of time to relax and indulge in a spa day at Casa Santo Domingo. Casa Santo Domingo is known for its luxurious facilities and excellent spa services, making it a perfect place to unwind and rejuvenate after your hike.
Written June 26, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Danger J
Birmingham, AL10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Our tour started late afternoon so we had to have a fast pace up the trail. It is not a stroll up a hill; the gradient goes up fairly consistently with a couple of rest areas. I found it challenging and I hike often. Renting a walking stick from the local kids was the best 10q I spent on my vacation. Once we got to the lava field it was amazing to experience in person. The hike back down in the dusk, with guides who had flashlights, was also really cool. I highly recommend this tour.
Written April 26, 2023
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Jeniea H
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
This is a 1/2 day so I suggest doing this hike and then having lunch reservations somewhere in town.

The hike itself is strenuous if you’re not a hiker (like myself). I struggled, but took breaks when needed. There’s an option to ride a house up for 150Q, but I chose not to.

Our guides were great and knowledgeable. I would bring a small backpack with water, a snack and a hat.
I did think we would get to roast the marshmallows ourselves, but that’s okay.
Written March 22, 2023
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Alan D
Lakewood, CO73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
The hike up the Pacaya Volcano is pretty easy if you are fit. At the top, you can roast marshmellows inside volcanic vents.
Written March 11, 2023
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Sev
Jacksonville, FL7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We booked this trip thru TripAdvisor and the agency comes and picks you up from Hotel. The drive to Pacaya was a bit rough. Not the best roads and the driver was a bit aggressive. This seems to be the norm here so no surprises. Overall it was about an hour and 20 mins drive.
Walking Sticks:
Once you get there the kids with the hiking sticks start circling the bus right away trying to rent you one of theirs and its a bit too much but I guess thats their daily hussle. I did rent one and it did help at times.
Horses:
The “taxi” option is there too, meaning you can pay to ride a horse for the first portion of the hike. Lots of people did in our group. Again they will try to push you to get one. If you are fit really no need. Those horses go up and down all day, kind of sad. Just my opinion.
Pacaya Dogs:
This is the part that broke my heart. There are 6-7 dogs that will hike up and down with the groups hoping to get food. I saw 2 super skinny ones and I fed them all my snacks I had and gave them water. I wish I was more aware of this part as I would have brought actual dog food. Please if you can share your food or bring food to give them. Most will be around you by the stop where the horses drop of people.
Volcano:
We booked the afternoon trip therefore going up we had no view. Clouds all over. Once we got on the top where we roasted marshmallows the clouds would clear up and it gave as a good view of the volcano.
Overall a good experience to see and to say we did a volcano hike. The 2 guides were really nice and knowledgeable.
Written March 11, 2023
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Brix510
San Jose, CA977 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
This volcano hike is relatively easy, but where is lacks in dramatic views of an active volcano that Acatanengo provides, it allows hikers to get close to recent lava flows with some steam vents and volcanic rocks all around.

The hike itself is fun and the views of Agua is awesome. Definitely worth the hike and a great opportunity to share some stories and laugh with fellow hikers!
Written March 3, 2023
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Cozie
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
This was the part of the trip that i was most looking forward to. It is unfortunate that we booked twice with a local vendor on Tripadvisor but they both canceled so my sister and i decided to search for a local domestic tour guide in Antigua and bingo it was a lot cheaper! They were also very communicative via whatsapp about the driver's whereabouts and where to wait.
The driver was focused on getting everyone on the bus there safely and on time. When we arrived at the entry office for Pacaya there was a fee to pay to enter and keep in mind you will be asked an unlimited amount of times from local kids if you want to buy a wooden stick, ride "taxi" (which is actually riding a horse up the volcano) so just keep small quetzal at the ready.

However, this was the best experience of my life! the guides (the man and his wife) who came with us were so knowledgeable about all the active volcanos. Also be prepared to get dirty and wear comfortable sneaker with traction because it will be steep and very rocky!
Written February 28, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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