Pacaya Volcano, Antigua Guatemala

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    View from Pacaya
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    Red-hot lava at the Pacaya Volcano
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    Pacaya volcano

    by chrisvandenbroucke Written Mar 15, 2004

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    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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  • Hiking Pacaya Volcano - Help the dogs!

    by GeeNightengale Updated Aug 7, 2013

    The village near Pacaya Volcano is very poor - there is not even a grocery store. There are many wonderful dogs you'll encounter on your hike. They are friendly but skinny!

    Please take dry dog food in zip lock bags to feed these wonderful dogs. ALSO, MORE IMPORTANT, talk to the local vendors on the hike up who sell sodas and chips. Tell them to:
    1. Purchase a large bag of dry dog food
    2. Repackage the dog food into quart-size zip-lock baggies
    3. Sell the dog food to tourists to feed the dogs

    This is a Win-Win - the vendors (who are poor) have a way to make money and these good doggies will be fed! If you don't speak Spanish, please ask your guide to explain the concept to the vendors. If vendors are already selling dog food, remind the guides to tell tourists to purchase the food for the dogs.

    Please post if you are able to help in this way.

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  • Hike Pacaya and help the dogs

    by GeeNightengale Written Aug 7, 2013

    The village near Pacaya Volcano is very poor - there is not even a grocery store. There are many wonderful dogs you'll encounter on your hike. They are friendly but skinny!

    Please take dry dog food in zip lock bags to feed these wonderful dogs. ALSO, MORE IMPORTANT, talk to the local vendors on the hike up who sell sodas and chips. Tell them to:
    1. Purchase a large bag of dry dog food
    2. Repackage the dog food into quart-size zip-lock baggies
    3. Sell the dog food to tourists to feed the dogs

    This is a Win-Win - the vendors (who are poor) have a way to make money and these good doggies will be fed! If you don't speak Spanish, please ask your guide to explain the concept to the vendors. If vendors are already selling dog food, remind the guides to tell tourists to purchase the food for the dogs.

    Please post if you are able to help in this way.

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    Having a rest on the Pacaya volcano

    by chrisvandenbroucke Updated May 20, 2004

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    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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    Emilio, our guide for Pacaya volcano

    by chrisvandenbroucke Updated May 20, 2004

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    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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    Pacaya volcano

    by chrisvandenbroucke Updated May 20, 2004

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    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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    Pacaya volcano, cloudy view pt. 2

    by chrisvandenbroucke Updated May 20, 2004

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    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 after sunset

    by chrisvandenbroucke Updated May 20, 2004

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    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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