San Vicente Pacaya Travel Guide

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San Vicente Pacaya Things to Do

  • Hiking Pacaya Volcano

    It's a wonderful experience to hike the volcano and a great opportunity for tourists to help the dogs there by bringing several baggies of dry dog food to feel the dogs. The dogs that live at Pacaya Volcano are very thin. Also, please ask your guide to communicate the following concept to the ladies who run little vendor shops on the way up and on...

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  • Combine climbing with the Pacaya Spa!

    I'm not an experienced hiker, and I loved climbing the Pacaya Volcano! The views are breathtaking and seeing the lava shooting out of the crater is amazing. You can also see lava rivers, depending on the volcano's activity. We were recommended to go in the early morning to the volcano, and afterwards went to Baños Santa Teresita, which is a day Spa...

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  • In the crater

    The highlight of a visit to Pacaya definitely is the decend into the crater. Because the volcano is very active, there is plenty of freshly dried-up lava around and you even have a good chance of seeing some fluid lava from very close range.The crater you are decending in in fact is the remaining of an old crater. Inside this crater a new peak of...

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  • At the top

    After a long and tiring climb you will happy when you reach the top. However the top is not the end of the trip. From here you still have to make the decent into the crater of the volcano. At the top you have a magnificent view of the environment. An even better view of the three volcanoes around Antigua, a good view of a mountain right next to...

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  • Climbing to the top

    From the small village San Vicente Pacaya to the top takes a climb of about one hour. The walk leads you over narrow, unpaved paths through the jungle on the volcano's slopes. On the way to the top you have stunning views of the environment once in a while.Shortly after departing from the village you will see a small lake on your lefthand side....

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  • PACAYA VOLCANO

    CLIMBING AN ACTIVE VOLCANO CALLED PACAYA HAS TO BE ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF BEING IN GUATEMALA. IT'S A GREAT EXPERIENCE AND ANYONE WITH GUTS WOULD BE A FOOL TO MISS THIS.WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT THE PARK, YOU PAY Q30 TO GET IN AND YOU START ON A TRAIL UPHILL AND INTO THE WOODS WHICH TAKES AROUND ROUGHLY 3 HOURS TILL THE TOP OF THE VOLCANO. YOU CAN USE...

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San Vicente Pacaya Transportation

  • Taxi's to the top

    The climb from the village to the top of the volcano can be pretty though. The narrow road in steep and often slippery. When you are not the sporty type that can do this climb easily, it is good to know that there is always a solution if you can't go any further: a taxi.After the group of climbers there are a few young boys following with horses....

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  • Getting to Pacaya

    As far as I know there is only one decent way to get to the top of the Pacaya Volcano: by tourist bus. These busses depart from Antigua and it takes about 1,5 hours to get at the top of the Volcano.Going there by public transportation is not possible as far as I know and getting there by car is dangerous: The road to the tops is unpaved, narrow and...

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  • ORGANISED TRIPS

    WHILST YOU CAN DRIVE TO PACAYA AS LONG AS YOU KNOW THE WAY, THERE ARE QUITE A FEW TRAVEL AGENTS IN ANTIGUA WHERE YOU CAN GO ON AN ORGANISED TOUR TO PACAYA IN WHICH YOU'LL HAVE TO LEAVE AT A CERTAIN TIME. BUT I WASN'T SURE OF HOW MUCH THE PRICES WERE TO TAKE YOU THERE.

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San Vicente Pacaya Warnings and Dangers

  • Be Careful

    Climbing Pacaya is an amazing thing to do, but it's very dangerous. Make sure you follow your guide and only walk where they do. If you walk the wrong way you could be in serious danger. Also, be very careful as the lava rocks can crack or move. The gases that are at the top are not good to breathe in, although if you're up there you probably won't...

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  • Irresponsibly dangerous

    My visit to the Pacaya Volcano definitely was a fantastic and exciting experience. But I must be honest: there were times in the crater when I was afraid and I was lucky when I finally came of the lava.Because the lava in the crater was only 14 days old when I walked over it, it still felt warm under my feet. No problem if it wasn't cracking all...

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  • WALKING ON COOLED LAVA CAN BE RISKY

    IF YOU'D LIKE TO GET CLOSE UP TO MOLTEN LAVA THEN YOU'RE MORE LIKELY HAVE TO HIKE ALONG THE LAVA FIELDS WHICH IS RISKY COS YOU CAN EASILY HURT YOURSELF. THE COOLED LAVA ITSELF IS VERY UNSTABLE TO WALK ON WHICH CAN RESULT TO YOU SLIPPING ALL THE TIME, AND IF YOU HAPPEN TO GRAB HOLD OF A BIT OF COOLED LAVA YOU WILL CUT YOURSELF A BIT AS COOLED LAVA...

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San Vicente Pacaya What to Pack

  • What to take?

    Wear good shoes when you climb the volcano. First of all, during your climb up to the crater, it can be slippery and steep. Second of all, when you walk on the lava in the crater the surface can be very rough and unequal, and third of all: the lava can still be warm when you walk over it. If you wear shoes with thin soles, this might even warm up...

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  • THINGS TO BRING

    A BACKPACK TO CARRY VARIOUS ITEMS IN HARD/STRONG HIKING SHOES TO WALK ON COOLED DOWN LAVAA LONG SLEEVED TOP AS IT CAN GET WINDY NEAR THE TOP IF YOU HAPPEN TO HURT YOURSELF THEN YOU MIGHT WANNA BRING SOME TISSUE AND PLASTERS WITH YOU YES, PACAYA IS VERY PHOTOGENIC SO BRING A CAMERA ALONG OR YOU MIGHT REGRET IT A 1.5 OR 2 LITRE BOTTLE OF WATERA...

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