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“Nice Volcano Hike”
Review of Pacaya Volcano

Pacaya Volcano
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Hike to Pacaya Volcano from Antigua
Ranked #4 of 51 things to do in Antigua
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Reviewed November 24, 2016 via mobile

It's further away from Antigua but they drive was not too long. We chose this hike because it's shorter than Acatenango and much easier. Most of the trail offered views of town and Volcano Fuego and Acatenango. We were told that the part near fresh lava flow is closed to public so we didn't see red hot lava on our hike. It's still a beautiful hike and we enjoyed it.

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Reviewed November 23, 2016

My daughter and I hiked this volcano and as difficult as it was, it was worth every minute as it was an amazing experience. I'm 63 years old and fit but probably oldest in our small group by 20-35 years. I kept thinking I;'d adjust to the altitude but never did; breathing was difficult. It was also straight up from the start. It only took about an hour and a half to get to the top or where you have to stop so not that long but challenging. Highlights-view of active volcano Fuego, toasting marshmallows on lava bed, Lava Store past midway point (who would have expected masrshmallows or store?) great guide, too.

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Reviewed November 22, 2016

We had a great time reaching the top, and even got to roast marshmallows on the hot rocks. The guide was great and we had a good afternoon. Would recommend.

1  Thank Ricki S
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Reviewed November 21, 2016

It's a bit of a hike unless you're in decent shape. Otherwise there are plenty of horse "taxis" available at the base of the volcano. It's a great half-day excursion to learn about the flora of the area and to see the recent lava flows. Don't forget to roast some marshmallows at the edge of the flow!

1  Thank Christian C
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Reviewed November 20, 2016

We arranged with Viator for a driver and guide to take us from Antigua to Pacaya volcano, which entailed an hour drive. The local guide was fluent in English, mostly knowledgeable about the flora and fauna we encountered, and in great shape. The hike up to the 6,000 foot viewing area was intensely steep, but well worth the effort - you do need to be in reasonably decent shape to make the hike. Bring along some food for the chucho's, the adorable and tame street dogs you'll encounter on the trail. Be careful of the caca from the horses - the locals employ them for lazy gringos who can't make it up the mountain on their own two legs. Note that you do not ascend all the way up to the summit of Pacaya - it's one of the most active volcanoes in the country and was venting thick white columns of steam and noxious gases while we were there. Our guide brought anjelitos - marshmallows - so that we could roast them on the still hot lava rocks found at a terminal moraine formed by the last eruption in 2014.

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