Pacaya volcano, one day trip with a private local guide


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Activity Level



Hiking and Walking, Nature and Wildlife


Kid Friendly: Yes. Children must be at least 10 years old

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 4



Spanish (fluent), French (advanced), English (fluent)

Climb an active volcano with a private local guide

Pacaya volcano is the most visited in Guatemala because:

1. Its active.
2. When lava flows on the slopes, its one of the few places around the world where you can actually approach to a safe distance to take pictures and watch lava overnight.
3. The hike is relatively easy: a 3 hour round trip (3 1/2 miles total distance).


If you have specific transportation requirements, pricing inquiries or if your preferred start time isn't listed, please send me an email by clicking on the 'ASK A QUESTION' button that's listed on my tour page and profile. I will reply to you promptly. Thanks!


We'll pick you up at your hotel either in Guatemala City or Antigua, recommended time: 8:30 AM. Then we'll travel to the national park headquarters (1. 5 hours away on average), the hike begins in the village called San Francisco de Sales.

We'll hike through the park route to the main central plateau, passing through the forest on the northern slopes of the volcano until we arrive to the lava fields, we visit some remaining hot spots of the recent lava flows, there you can roast marshmallows with the underground heat.

Then we move to the western face of the volcano to a small hill named "Cerro Chino", from where you have an outstanding sight of the three volcanoes around Antigua (Agua, Fuego & Acatenango).

From there we return to the park entrance and drive to a restaurant 30 minutes away to eat lunch.

Optional: ask for the thermal pools (hot springs) package.

Total hiking time on average: 3 hours.
Total distance: 5 kilometers (3. 1 miles).

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: We'll pick you up at your hotel, either in Guatemala City or Antigua

End location: At the end of the tour, we'll take you back to you hotel or airport depending on your personal schedule, please let us know in advance.

Duration: 6 hours

As much other highlands in Guatemala, the best season for climbing and hiking is the dry season (october-march).


A comfortable private shuttle will take us to the park ranger's station, from where we start our hike.

What’s Included

Land private transportation, logistics, driver, fuel and guiding services

Estimated Local Cash Needed

250 Quetzales - Per person. Take some Quetzales with you in case you want to buy a few snacks, hidration, fruit from the local stores or vendors. Local's also prepare meals for the end of the activity, so you can hire them when we start the hike to enjoy some good food when we get back to the park headquarters.

01 USD = 7.30 Quetzales, important advice: don't exchange your money at the airport, you get a better exchange rate at any local bank.

What’s Extra

Park entrance fees: 50 Quetzales per person ($.8 USD).

Lunch at restaurant ($.9 - $.15 USD on average).

A Recent Review of this tour

Nestor was a great guide. He was informative and prepared. He explained many things to the kids about the volcano, rocks, and plants. He was very patient with my husband when he got long series of muscle cramps when we were on the way back down. I recommend him if you need English, have kids, or have the kind of health issues where you can hike the volcano but need to go at your own pace.
Elizabeth Salvatori

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