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“Roast marshmallows on lava!!”
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

This trip/hike was wonderful. You hike up the volcano, taking scheduled stops every 10-20 minutes. The view at the top is incredible. You cannot go to the rim of the volcano, but you hike around the base. You visit a small shack called “The Lava Store” which sells local crafts and jewelry. You also get to roast marshmallows on lava rocks! The hike can be very steep and difficult, so feel free to “rent” a horse from the locals at the bottom of the hike.

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Reviewed 29 July 2014

This is a must do. Take the morning event starting at Antigua at 6am-cooler. Take a litre of water each minimum to drink -shop at base of climb. Climb is a steady picturesque 1000 foot climb from 2300metres to 2600metres and takes around 2hours up and 1hour down, I am 59 , wife 56 not particularly fit and need to climb at our own pace . GO FOR IT. You will be lied to about the difficulty of the climb and hassled by your guide to take the following hiorses., he will set off at a fast pace and gets a slice of the 200 quetzal price if you take the horse. The walk is much more pleasant slowly anyway . You will not go right to the top,but at the bottom of the lava flow you can toast marshmallows and there is a great view of the other three volcanoes including the additionally active Mount Fuerte. Our guide told us nothing about the area up or down, so tip accordingly.

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Reviewed 28 July 2014

We did this hike in 2007 with our ridiculously young children. In 2007, the lava looked like dried rivers on a foreign planet. After the eruption, a fair portion of the volcano collapsed. Now there is a sea of lava pooled at the base. There is enough geothermal heat to roast marshmellows which my kids loved. 3 quick hints -- 1) Bring marshmellows; 2) Book your your with a reputable operator that will not cancel on you like Old Town Outfitters; 3) Go slow at the beginning. The first 300 yards is straight up on a bumpy concrete path where the horse operators constantly bug you

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Reviewed 27 July 2014 via mobile

This is a must do if you are in the area.
We went with a tour from Antigua, 80q for transport and guide and 50q for entrance when you get to Pacaya.
We were picked up at 6.00 am from our accommodation and then picking up the rest of the people we had an hour drive to get there arriving at 730ish.
When you arrive kids straight away come to the van and ask if you want a walking stick, then after you pay your entry the taxi people ask of you want to ride a horse up, 100q up and 100q back, I personally didn't do this as I don't like how the horse are treated and how some of the horses looked.
The hike up is moderate but can be completed by anyone, you don't need to be super fit. Just watch were you step so you don't roll your ankle or step in horse poo.
If you have a good guide they will stop on the way to show you views and explain things from the area.
At the top near the volcano, which is the hardest of the climb you get to see volcano up close and the lava field from the last major eruption in 2010. Down in the lava field we got to roast marshmallows in hot steam vents, very cool you can also feel the heat coming through the rocks.

From the top on a clear day you also get great panoramic views of volcano's Aqua, Acantengo and Fuego and if you are lucky you will see Fuego puffing some smoke out and if it's really clear you can see the Pacific Ocean.

Overall a great experience, very safe, the climb is moderate and great views from the top. I recommend going in the morning as I was told you don't get to see the lava glowing at night at the moment, plus there's a higher chance of rain. Take good shoes, water, snacks, a jumper/coat as it can be windy at the top and of course your camera. I think you should attempt to walk the trail as the taxi horses follow you up anyway and that way you get a better idea whether you can achieve the hike on your own. Have fun!

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Reviewed 27 July 2014

Just for the sheer experience of hiking up a volcano, this is a place you need to go. I am young and not overweight at all and yet this hike was extremely difficult. My group didn't use any of the rest stops on the way as we were being rushed by our guides who said it was going to rain and we needed to avoid it. I suppose they weren't very accommodating for the rest of us who struggled. If you are older or in poor physical condition, take what they call a "taxi" which is really just a horse up the volcano. At the top, my group roasted marshmallows with a steam vent. They didn't really cook at all but it was still cool.

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