Pacaya Volcano

Lava Fields and Smoking Crater

Pacaya, one Guatemala’s youngest volcanoes, offers climbers a unique glance into the geologic bowels of the earth. A relatively easy climb of 1.5 hours brings us to the fertile shelf just below the cinder cone called “la Meseta.” From here we get an awesome view of recent lava flows. We will explore these lava fields, and as the smoking crater looms above, the environment quickly changes to resemble that of an extraterrestrial setting. We’ll enjoy a fresh lunch, enjoying the views before we make our way back down.

  • See one of Guatemala’s main tourist attractions away from the ‘cattle rush’ of tourists
  • Roast marshmellows above volcanic heat vents
  • Walk across thousands of years old dried lava flows, and through lush forests and farmland
  • Enjoy a fresh picnic lunch below the smoking cinder cone in a barren land of lava rock
  • See views of nearby towering volcanoes, and even to the Pacific coast
  • Take a spa option and spend time after the hike soothing your sore muscles with a massage, hydrotherapy, and thermal pool heated by the volcanic activity of Pacaya!

Pacaya can be hiked as a day trip or an overnight which is definitely worth while if Pacaya is active.

Check out our “Mountains to Sea” extension which combines the summit of Pacaya and a trip down to the surf beach of El Paredon to relax sore muscles and take a surf lesson.

Kris McDonald


“Felt safe and well taken care of.  The food was excellent, well organized.  Mario and Oseas were superb!!


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