Pacaya Volcano, Antigua Guatemala

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    Volcan Pacaya

    by stevepreece Written Oct 23, 2004

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    A Grumpy Volcano

    Volcan Pacay is a half day trip from Antigua.
    You simply get a guide and bus to the volcano and then walk the volcano. Its easy to begin with, nice track through woods. This all ends when the top is reached, an hour or so of scrambling up loose volcanic ash that gets progressively hotter. top is great if its not cloudless and the volcan is grumpy enough to be spitting lava. We were. Going down is a fast controlled slide and extremely good fun.

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    Pacaya volcano

    by chrisvandenbroucke Written Mar 15, 2004

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    Antigua: volcano Pacaya

    View from halfway up.

    The volcano trip can be booked anywhere in Antigua and most of the tour operators ask the same price: 10 US$ per person (warning: you have to pay with quetzales and that could vary from 59 to 75 !!!). Watch out.

    They come to get you at your hotel by 2 pm. Two hours in the 4x4 to arrive at the starting point at 1800 metres. You'll only have to cover 770 meter in altitude but every single meter counts...hard, very hard
    You arrive on top for the sunset at descend in the dark... Spooky.
    All the time two uniformed guards accompany the group

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    Volcan Pacaya

    by Kindra Written Jan 16, 2004

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    While the volcanoes Agua, Fuego and Acatenango are directly visible from Antigua, Pacaya (near Guatemala city) is also a very popular option (you can summit Agua but it will be a 5am-9pm ordeal and I suspect it is quite physically challenging). The tour will arrange your transportion to and from Antigua to the National Park where you will hike to the top with a guide. Armed security is found throughout various points on the trail. Horses accompany the hikers most of the way so if you become very tired you can hop on. The hike is 2-3 hours uphill (not that easy) where you will reach a point with great views over the valley below and the volcanic crater (the most active volcano in Guatemala). There you can spend the next 30-60 minutes on a very difficult hike to the very top. We encountered 70 km/hr winds, lots of dust, dirt, slippery rocks but it was a great accomplishment to hit the top and ever funner to litterally "ski" down the slope, screaming all the way.
    Bring lots of water, healthy snacks, a sweater and a good windproof jacket for the windier parts above. A hat and sunglasses (not just for the sun but for the flying volcanic dirt BUT dont bring super good ones as they WILL get scratched). A walking stick would also be useful and/or gloves for the last part when you are summiting practically on your hands and knees.

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    Pacaya volcano after sunset

    by chrisvandenbroucke Updated May 20, 2004

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    Pacaya volcano

    That's what you see when you arrive the top.

    Descending in the dark looked like a very risky business and the use of our flashlight was necessary.

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    Pacaya volcano, cloudy view pt. 2

    by chrisvandenbroucke Updated May 20, 2004

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    Antigua: volcano Pacaya

    Another nice picture from nearly above on the Pacaya Vulcano.
    You can see it's getting dark by that time.

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    Pacaya volcano

    by chrisvandenbroucke Updated May 20, 2004

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    Antigua: volcano Pacaya

    Looking down on the city while very near to the crater.
    Look what clothes we wear - it's very cold up there. Much colder than we expected.

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    Emilio, our guide for Pacaya volcano

    by chrisvandenbroucke Updated May 20, 2004

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    Antigua: volcano Pacaya

    Emilio, our guide, looks 70 but is far better condition than all of us.
    He speaks reasonable English but is not much of a talker.

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    Having a rest on the Pacaya volcano

    by chrisvandenbroucke Updated May 20, 2004

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    Antigua: volcano Pacaya

    Having a rest on the way up.

    We needed it because or old guide walked too fast for us, untrained guys

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