- 6 hours (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
Take a day trip from Guatemala City to see Guatemala's most active volcanoes! Get an up-close look at the impressive Pacaya Volcano as you hike through volcanic vegetation with your expert guide. Admire the incredible Guatemala landscape and take in gorgeous views of three other nearby volcanoes: Agua, Fuego and Acatenango. This full-day adventure is one you won't forget!
- Day trip (destination A to B)
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Led by a local guide
- Professional bilingual guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Bottled water
- Entry/Admission - Pacaya Volcano
- Food and drinks
Tour departs from most Guatemala City hotels. Pick up time will be within 15 minutes of the established departure time in your confirmation.
Returns to original departure point
Tuesday, Friday, Saturday
Enjoy a full-day trip to the Pacaya Volcano from Guatemala City and discover the beauty of this natural gem! Towering over 8,000 feet (2,438 meters) above sea level, Pacaya is considered Guatemala's most active volcano.
After pickup from your Guatemala City hotel, head southeast about 15 miles (25 km) to the base of Pacaya, where you’ll embark on a 2.5-hour hike up the volcano with your expert guide. Enjoy a mild walk to a viewing spot at the lagoon of Calderas and take in panoramic views of the Agua, Fuego and Acatenango volcanoes. As you continue hiking toward the top, learn about the history of this active volcano and spot unique volcanic vegetation along the way.
Once you arrive at a plateau along the trail, marvel at spectacular views of the Guatemala landscape and see the main crater of the volcano. To ensure your safety, you won’t be able to visit the crater, but you will get an amazing view of red-hot lava flowing and steam baths created by the heat of Pacaya.
Take a break and relax here as you take in more scenic views before hiking back to the base of the volcano.
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Overall, this was a great experience however, you should be aware that this trip does not include a guided hike to the rim of the crater. If you are going to the rim, you will have to pay an additional 200 qtz per person. We didn't know that until we got to the volcano that's why I rate this 4 stars instead of 5. You will start at an elevation of 6200ft and climb to around 8500ft if you go to the rim otherwise, I think you only go to about 7500ft. The first part is fairly easy with plenty of rest stops, but the ascent to the crater is difficult and you cannot take a horse to the rim. There is a lot of loose cinder rock, and it is like climbing the face of a sand dune - slipping and sliding, 2 steps up and 1 sliding back down 2 hiking sticks recommended. All that said, it was well worth the climb and we were able to witness some small eruptions at the top. Near the rim you will see steam rising from the ground and you can feel the heat and smell the sulfur and hear the rumblings of the volcano, which was very impressive! It was much easier coming down than going up!
For me, the main attractions were the view from Pacaya that included the Fuego Volcano producing a small eruption roughly about every half an hour, the Laguna de Calderas, and Guatemala City.
If you are looking for a fun but active experience this is the experience for you. The guides are friendly and informative. Our 9 year old son was able to walk in and the guides were accommodating. If you find the initial hike too strenuous feel free to purchase a walking stick or ride one of the horses. We never felt pressured to purchase either but they will continue to walk with you just in case you change your mind.
The guide picked up us on time. We felt safe and very happy during our 7-hour tour because the guide was always offering more information, and had a lively conversation with every person we encounter. I highly recommend this tour.
This was a amazing trip, I was on a business trip alone and was I little concerned about going on a tour not speaking spanish. But my drive was named Nicth and the guide was a lady named Clara who I had not problem communicate with. I would highly recommend the both of them.
Excellent!!!! Nice long hike up and around the volcano, but you have the option of horseback riding at the start as the locals really try to encourage using a horse. Toast marshmallows on the lava and stop by a small stand during your tour. Views and experience were amazing!!
Muy buen tour!! pasan puntual por el hotel, el chofer de muy buena calidad y el guía del tour excepcional, la caminata no es tan fácil como la hacen sonar, pero vale 100 la pena, recomiendo que lleven efectivo por que en la cima del volcán hay una tiendita y es casi que obligatorio que comprar en ella.
El tour estuvo fantástico.
We loved every part of the tour- completely exceeded our expectations. El Captain tour drive and Roberto tour guide were first class and so very knowledgeable about the area. It was a gorgeous day and perfect weather too. Roberto took us on the longer trail which allowed us to walk on side of the volcano crater and truly experience the magnificent beauty of the area. I recommend this tour group and ask for both El Captain and Roberto. You won't be disappointed!!
Awesome tour! Our tour guide Winston was very informative. He picked us up from our hotel in Guatemala city and shared information all the way to Antigua. His van was clean and safe. Great experience!
This was an incredible trip. The hike is challenging if you're not in shape, but it's doable. And the views are simply amazing. This one is well worth your time.
Very professional and for Volcano enthusiasts it a must see! Hike is a little challenging in the beginning but if you power through no need for the horse(Even though you get asked a million times to take the horse!). I love that the tours are so professional in every country conducted by partners of Viator. Winston was a treat and he was on time to pick us up and get us back safely! Highly recommended!
Short version: Incredible trip with breathtaking scenery and even better hospitality from driver and guide. Out of shape travelers NOT encouraged!
Long Version: Let me start this off by saying my wife is a native Spanish speaker and it went a LONG way in Guatemala as a whole since tourism is slowly coming back after decades of civil war. That aside, this was truly an experience unlike anything my wife and I have every done before. We were picked up right at our hotel at 7:30AM after breakfast. The driver, Henry, was INCREDIBLY nice and hospitable(we actually used him again the next day to set up a private cab to Antigua). Upon getting there, we were introduced to our guide who would take us up the mountain. The only slightly annoying part was right in the beginning as they try to convince you to rent a walking stick or take a horse up the mountain, but this is expected in tourist areas. After respectfully declining (about a dozen times!), we were off on our adventure. As we went up the mountain we would stop frequently to take in wild life and learn the different uses of the local plants by the natives to cure anything from headaches and stomachaches to wiping the sweat from your brow! As we reached the peak of our ascent, we stopped at a place called the oven. It was basically just two rocks jutting out and inside the rocks were temps of over 400 degrees! Our guide had gotten us sticks so we could roast marshmallows from the heat. It was a tasty treat and good half way point before the descent. The descent was a little hairy as the ground is not really set due to the activity of the volcano. Just go slow and you will be fine! When we got to the bottom of the mountain we got back in the van with Henry and were dropped off back at our hotel by early afternoon with plenty of time before dinner to shower off the adventure. Awesome trip and a MUST if you are visiting Guatemala!