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“Fun to toast marshmallows on a volcano.”
Review of Pacaya Volcano

Pacaya Volcano
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Ranked #5 of 92 things to do in Antigua
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

A nice trip out of town and away from ruins. It isn't an easy walk but it isn't very far. It would be great to do at your own speed but our guide wanted to set a speed record. It would have been nicer to have learnt a bit as we went rather than charging up 100 yards in front of the group.
You are also feel a bit pressurised into taking a horse. I suspect this is why the guide sets off so quickly. Ingore him and the persistent horse people, walk at your own speed and you will get there fine.
The views of the volcano are good. On the day we visited it was cloudy so we were only able to see one of the other volcano's in the group. Since the eruption you have to stop at the bottom of the lava flow which is a shame. The 'thing' on this trip is to find a hole in the lava rocks and poke in a marshmallow on a stick to toast it.

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Reviewed 2 August 2014

My first reaction was to think this would be a disaster trip with our twin 4-year-old boys. I went begrudgingly and was pleasantly surprised.
The hike is not that hard. As others have said, just go at your own pace. The guides will wait for you. The hardest part of the walk is at the very end where the dry trail with loose gravel is a bit steep. But it's short. If all else fails, there are horses available. They follow you most of the way up so you have plenty of time to decide if you need one or not.
My boys, who do their fair share of complaining when we walk through town, did a great job on this walk. They loved the adventure and walked most of the way.
The views of Volcanes Pacaya, Fuego, Acatenango, and Agua were spectacular but toasting the marshmallows on the hot lava rocks was the icing on the cake for my boys! Our guide brought a bag of marshmallows and collected sticks for our group. We only roasted a few marshmallows because the rocks were a little hot for my boys but it was still a great experience. Bring some wipes as there there are no restrooms at the top to wash off the sticky hands.
There is a tiny shop at the top where they sell inexpensive lava jewelry made by local artisans to help support the reconstruction of the towns that were destroyed by Pacaya's last eruption. Bring cash if this is something that interests you.
Bring your own water and snacks. There are a couple of vendors along the way but their selections are quite limited. We drank 16 oz bottles of water between the 4 of us by the time we got back to our shuttle bus.
There are restrooms at the beginning of the hike and one more along the way up. None at the top.
Even though it was an early morning, we took a shuttle leaving Antigua at 6am and were glad we did. It got really hot pretty quickly. Dress in layers. Bring your sunscreen and if you tend to attract mosquitoes, use your bug spray as there are lots of shady spots along the trail full of biters.
Our kids fell asleep on the trip back to Antigua. When they woke up, they asked to go back to Pacaya! I recommend this day trip for families with young kids. It's cheap, fun, and a great way to burn off some energy! Have fun!

3  Thank mbungay
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

Is close to Antigua, so is ideally for a half day trip. In the mornings you can catch better views. There are horses available all the way, bring money if you think you'll need it...

2  Thank meli_pani
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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.

1  Thank B R
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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.

2  Thank David B
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