Volcano Pacaya Day Hike or Overnight

Guatemala is a land of marvels and one of the most spectacular sights in the world is just a short transfer from Antigua. Volcano Pacaya is one of the more than 30 volcanoes that dot the volcanic corridor. It’s also among the most active volcanoes in the world.

Depending upon your luck you may visit Pacaya during an active phase see and hear and smell and feel the glory of creation unfinished!

The hike begins at the well developed Guide's Association just up the road from San Vicente Pacaya.

A few years ago the Guatemalan government made Pacaya Volcano (and all of Guatemala’s other volcanoes) into protected natural areas and formalized guide’s associations around several of them. The guides at Pacaya are some of the most professional in the country but when you travel with GoodTrip you get the best of the best.

There are about 60 guides that work shifts leading trekkers up the mountain but only 4 of them have gone the extra mile and completed a 100 hour volcanology course. We work exclusively with these elite guides so that you get the richest experience possible and that these guides are justly rewarded for their initiative.

Pacaya can be a leisurely day hike or you could cover the complex completely in a couple of days.

Pacaya in a Day

While Pacaya soars over 8300 ft the trail head sits at over 6000 so it’s not as if you’re starting your hike at sea level. This means that you can easily do Pacaya in a day. Yes, there are some steep verticals and the obsidian gravel can make for challenging terrain at times but with plenty of time, water and snacks a Pacaya day hike is an accessible and extremely rewarding experience. And, if for whatever reason you don’t think you can make it under your own power there are always stout horses for hire.

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Or, you could really get to know the volcanic complex over two days and a night.

There are over a dozen volcanic features about the Pacaya Volcano complex and unless you run a marathon at altitude it’s impossible to cover them all in just one day. Take the trails less traveled. Trek to the top of the mountain (or at least as close as current volcanic activity safely allows). Set out in search of fumaroles. Visit nearby Laguna de Calderas and generally get to know the place better than 99% of visitors ever do.