Have you ever wondered what it would be like to climb an active volcano? Guatemala is home to several, including the most visited active volcano in Central America, the Pacaya Volcano. Located just 30 km (19 miles) from Guatemala City, a Pacaya volcano tour is an easy day trip from Guatemala City.
It can also be easily reached from Antigua and can be climbed as part of a half-day or full-day tour. Guatemala has the highest density of active volcanoes globally, and no trip to Guatemala would be complete without visiting a volcano!
The Volcán Pacaya is not only one of the country’s most active volcanoes; it is also one of the most picturesque, rising to an elevation of 2552 m (8373 ft.). The volcano and surrounding areas were designated a National Park in the 1960s, protecting the surrounding natural environment integrity and providing breathtaking views of the park’s natural beauty.
Located within the park is the Laguna de Calderas, a lake formed in the volcano’s former crater and provides clean drinking water to neighboring communities.
Volcán Pacaya erupts almost continuously, sometimes spewing gas, at other times ash and lava. Depending on the volcano conditions, climbers can sometimes climb right to the top while at other times must stop further down. Either way, visitors take scenic volcanic sand paths up the side of the volcano, enjoying the unique flora and fauna that grow out of the fertile soil and catching glimpses of some of the steam baths creating by the heat.
The trail to the top of the volcano is steep but accessible for those in good health. for adults and older children. There is also the option to ride a horse, part of the way.
Depending on the volcanic activity, there is the possibility of viewing lava flow from time to time. In fact, in some places, the ground is hot enough to roast marshmallows! The view from the top on a clear day is impressive. It includes a view of the Laguna de Calderas and the Agua, Fuego, and Acatenango volcanoes and the surrounding areas.
A personalized Guatemala travel package take you to the volcano, provide a guided hike to the top, and help you get the most out of the experience. Your qualified guide can provide information on the history of the volcano and the surrounding area. While you climb, catch a glimpse of lava and enjoy the panoramic views from the top. If you’re looking for some relaxation at the end of your day’s climb, there is a thermal water spa located just outside of the national park area where you can relax, enjoy a spa treatment, and unwind after an active day.
There is nothing more thrilling than getting to experience the majestic power of a volcano that is still active, and the Volcán Pacaya tour provides the perfect mix of power, ease of access, and beautiful vistas.