Recent Searches
Clear

Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Guatemala City

|
Badge of Excellence
|
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Guatemala City

From $85.00

Price varies by group size

Lowest Price Guarantee

Select Date and Travelers

Number of travelers
1 Adult2 Adults3 Adults4 Adults5 Adults6 Adults7 Adults8 Adults9 Adults0 Children1 Child2 Children3 Children4 Children5 Children6 Children7 Children8 Children9 Children0 Infants1 Infant2 Infants3 Infants4 Infants5 Infants6 Infants7 Infants8 Infants9 Infants
Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance. Learn more
Loading available options...


Safety measures
icon6 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

This popular Pacaya Volcano day trip from Guatemala City is the perfect way to experience the beauty of the country’s most active volcano. Follow your expert local guide to the top of this fiery mountain and look out over stunning views of Guatemala countryside. It’s a memorable way to experience the natural beauty of this incredible country and is perfect for novice hikers.
  • Full-day adventure to the Pacaya Volcano from Guatemala City
  • Hike to the top of Pacaya with your expert guide and admire close-up views of the active volcano
  • Admire picturesque views of the Fuego, Agua and Acatenango volcanoes
  • Complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off
Saved to wishlist!
Professional bilingual guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Bottled water
Entrance fee
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Horseback ride

Hmm...we can’t seem to find this place. Please check the spelling, or choose another location.

7:00 AM
Pick up time will be within 15 minutes of the established departure time in your confirmation.
Experience the natural beauty of Guatemala’s most active volcano on this full-day trip to Pacaya from Guatemala City. You’ll hike 8,000 feet above sea level with your expert local guide as you navigate the trails of the country’s most active volcano.

The 2.5-hour hike to the top of Pacaya is easy enough for the novice trekker and still challenging enough to feel like a workout. Viewpoints along the way offer up incredible panoramic landscapes that include nearby Agua, Fuego and Acatenango volcanoes. Your guide will share stories and history about this incredible volcano as you make your way to the top, pointing out vegetation and wildlife as you hike.

Once you reach the top you’ll be able to marvel at incredible views and take an up close look at red-hot lava flowing in the volcano’s crater. You’ll have some time to relax in the rocky terrain before making your way back to the volcano’s base with your guide. Complimentary round-trip hotel transport is included in this tour.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Pacaya Volcano
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. 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.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Acatenango Volcano
Enjoy panoramic views from Pacaya Volcano viewpoint.
Pass By:  
Volcan de Agua
Enjoy panoramic views from Pacaya Volcano viewpoint.
Pass By:  
Fuego Volcano
Enjoy panoramic views from Pacaya Volcano viewpoint.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Guatemalan Adventure
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Guatemala City?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Guatemala City.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Guatemala City?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Guatemala City.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Guatemala City?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Guatemala City.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Guatemala City?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Guatemala City.

Traveler Photos

See More
See More

Traveler Tips


  • "The tourist guide ( I forgot his name) come to hotel on time at 8:00AM on 3/8/20 ." See review

Reviews by Viator travelers.  We perform checks on reviews

Reviews

5.0
star-5
26 Reviews
3 stars
0
2 stars
0
1 star
0

Reviews by Viator travelers

We perform checks on reviews

Showing 1-10 of 26 reviews
star-5
Great experience
Faith_A
, Jul 2022
Wonderful experience. The hike is very difficult, but worth it. Beautiful views, guide is very nice, Lava Store is so unique and impressive. If you don’t do the volcano you didn’t experience all of Guatemala.
star-5
Wonderful!
Laura_D
, Mar 2022
Wonderful tour. Our guide was fun. Although we couldn't go to the summit (since it's an active volcano), the walk up was beautiful. The stopping point was near the top and involved walking on a volcanic rock field to a place where we were able to roast marshmallows from the heat of the volcano. Such a fun experience. Also one final note, if the hike became too much, horses were available to rent for a small fee.
star-5
Volcano sightseeing
Ritchy_J
, Jun 2021
It's a really great experience to have if you ever visit Guatemala. My guide Davis was exceptional in showing me Pacaya Volcano and its surroundings.
star-5
Very good experience
Lizhen_S
, Jun 2020
The tourist guide ( I forgot his name) come to hotel on time at 8:00AM on 3/8/20 . There are only our two person on this tour and spend 7 hrs . We are very enjoy this trip.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Overall, this was a great experience...
Mark B
, Feb 2018
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!
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
For me, the main attractions were...
Sandor B
, Nov 2017
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.
star-5
If you are looking for a fun but...
AbelBryan_D
, Oct 2017
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.
star-5
The guide picked up us on time. We...
Maria A
, Sep 2017
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.
star-4
This was a amazing trip, I was on a...
Herman Y
, Jul 2017
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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent!!!! Nice long hike up and...
Russel T
, Jun 2017
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!!
star-5
We loved every part of the tour...
Jon_C
, Sep 2016
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!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Awesome tour! Our tour guide Winston...
Diane B
, Jun 2016
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!
star-5
This was an incredible trip. The...
Jim B
, Jun 2015
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.
star-5
Great hike. It is not easy but well...
Mayesha A
, Feb 2015
Great hike. It is not easy but well worth the effort.
star-5
Very professional and for Volcano...
Vjsarma
, Sep 2014
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!
star-5
Short version: Incredible trip with...
Dan G.
, Apr 2013
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!
star-5
This was a great trip! Our driver...
Russell C
, Mar 2013
This was a great trip! Our driver and guide were both fantastic resources. The hike was amazing, walking through different ecosystems as we ascended and finally ending up in the baran wasteland where lava had flowed just two years before. A great way to spend a day!
star-5
Sensacional experiencia volcánica 🌋
David_C
, Oct 2021
Esta experiencia fue sensacional!! Nuestros guías David y Luis son conocedores experimentados. Recomendamos el alquiler de caballos por 200Q y de palos 10Q para el tramo de caminata en terreno de lava seca. Hay baños limpios al comenzar la experiencia y dónde volverán al terminar. Los caballos Chocolate y Palomo son mansos y sus dueños los llevan agarrados de una soga todo el tiempo. Pueden alimentarlos de las tortillas de bolsa del puesto antes de regreso de la la caminata hacia la falda del volcán 🌋 y tomarse fotos. La sensación de sus hocicos en la palma de su mano es otra experiencia que no se debe perder. Lleve dinero para comprar refresco, agua y tortillas de bolsa (riquísimas). Si le gustan los perritos, hay varios en el puesto que podrá alimentar también de la mano ( son mansos ) y tomarse fotos con ellos. Tuvimos la grata experiencia de llegar a un cráter secundario que ni los guías habían visto todavía porque el acceso todavía no había sido marcado y permitido. Es una experiencia única sentir el calor de la lava y ver la profundidad increíble. Hay un hombre que vende “pizza” hechas con el calor del volcán pero pretende venderlas a $50. Entendimos que era un precio exagerado por una mini plantilla con salsa y queso rallado. En cambio el tour incluye asar y comer marshmallows al calor del volcán. Traté de que el caballero bajara su precio porque éramos mi esposo y yo, pero no hubo forma. Si va un grupo, se pueden dividir entre todos y probar la supuesta pizza más cara del mundo 👎. No olvide darle propina a los guías por tan excelente y profesional experiencia. Cuidan de usted todo el tiempo y le explican con mucho detalle todo. David y Luis son los mejores guías que hemos conocido. Nosotros hemos viajado a muchos lugares y siempre hemos confiado en Viator para comprar nuestras excursiones. Nunca nos ha fallado.
star-4
Muy buen tour!! pasan puntual por el...
Enrique B
, Oct 2016
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.
2 travelers found this review helpful

Why you are seeing these recommendations

Compare Similar Experiences

Current
Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Guatemala City
Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Guatemala City

star-526

6 hours

Free Cancellation

From
$85.00

star-4.553

10 hours

Free Cancellation

From
$65.00

star-52

6 hours

Free Cancellation

From
$150.00

star-528

6 hours 30 minutes

Free Cancellation

From
$74.99

star-512

6 hours

Free Cancellation

From
$93.32

star-00

2 days

Free Cancellation

From
$102.57

star-4.56

11 hours

Free Cancellation

From
$62.00

star-46

9 hours

Free Cancellation

From
$89.95
Why you are seeing these recommendations

Explore Similar Things to Do

Why you are seeing these recommendations