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From Antigua: Pacaya Volcano Trek

From Antigua: Pacaya Volcano Trek

Walk for 2 hours to the summit of Pacaya Volcano and enjoy stunning views. Leave from Antigua for a 1-hour bus journey to the volcano's base before immediately starting your 2-hour trek with your local guide. Hike through wonderful pine forests up to the trickier volcanic ash section and finally to the sulfur smoking cone. On occasion, you can even see small eruptions and lava flowing, depending on the activity of the volcano. From the summit, you can enjoy great views of the nearby volcanoes, Agua, Fuego, and Acatenango, the pacific lowlands, and all the way to El Salvador. 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, from where you will transfer back to your accommodation. 

From Antigua: Adventure, 2-Day Hiking to Acatenango Volcano

From Antigua: Adventure, 2-Day Hiking to Acatenango Volcano

Experience the grandeur of Acatenango and the Fuego Volcano on this 2-day tour. Start with pick-up from your hotel in Antigua Guatemala between 9:00 to 9:20 am depending on the order of the route, but please be ready from 9 am to avoid delays. Then we will leave Antigua to make a stop at our station where we will give you food, two liters of water, jackets, gloves, hats and here you can rent backpacks, flashlights and we will give extra information about the tour. This will be from 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Then we will arrive at the village of La Soledad where we will meet the guides who will accompany you on the tour, we will arrive here at approximately 11:15 am - 11:30 am, after informing the name of the group and a couple of information from the guide we will start the hike to the base camp this will take from 4 and a half to 6 hours depending on the passage of the group. Also very important, bring toilet paper, I will explain to you how the bathrooms are in the Volcano: There are 3 bathrooms in total: The first one an hour before starting the walk, it is a normal bathroom. two more bathrooms: 3 hours of climbing - 1 natural bathroom In the camp there is also 1 natural bathroom, which is used by the group, in the same way I recommend going to the first bathroom in the station since it is the most comfortable. We will arrive at the base camp approximately between 4:45 pm to 5:45 pm depending on the pace that the group has had, here the guide will accommodate you in the domes so that you can leave your things and relax, here begins the hike to the Fire Volcano, this hike is totally optional it is 1 hour with fifteen minutes one way and the same back, This hike has an extra cost of Q200 quetzalez, here you will reach up to 300 meters from the crater to appreciate the majestic eruptions, people who do not go will wait in the camp where you can also see the eruptions The second day starts at 4 am where you will climb to the summit of the Acatenango Volcano to appreciate the sunrise from the Summit, those who do not want to climb can wait at the camp, then the guide will prepare breakfast for you approximately between 6 am to 7 am, to start descending to the point where we started the hike the day before, where the bus will be waiting for you that will be taking you back to Antigua Guatemala :3.

From Antigua: Pacaya Volcano Tour in English/Spanish

From Antigua: Pacaya Volcano Tour in English/Spanish

After a hotel pickup, leave Antigua to the base of the Pacaya volcano. Sit back and relax on a bus for the 1-hour trip. Upon arrival, begin the climb with a local guide, walking through a large forested area. Travel along paths of the volcanic area, appreciating views of the other volcanoes in addition to the regional vegetation along the way. When you reach the plateau, see the main crater of the volcano from a distance. Observe the lava depending on the activity of the volcano and some steam baths created by the heat of the Pacaya Volcano. After soaking in spectacular views of the Agua, Fuego, and Acatenango volcanoes at the summit of Pacaya, start the descent to the base, before taking the bus back to Antigua.

Overnight Volcano Acatenango Hiking Adventure

Overnight Volcano Acatenango Hiking Adventure

Observe the sunset and the sunrise from Acatenango. Sleep overnight in the base camp located just in front of the Fuego volcano, facing it over an elevation of 3,700 meters above sea level. Begin with a shuttle from Antigua to La Soledad village in the morning. Begin your hike, and hike until the sun begins to set to catch the views from high above. Sleep in the base camp an overnight. On day two, rise early and take a quick hike to the summit. Take in an elevated view of the sunrise. Breakfast will be served back at base camp before the trek back toward the village. Finally, you'll reach the village before noon. Enjoy free time to look around before the transfer to Antigua, and enjoy the rest of your day in the city. Also If you want to have more information, please open this link and read the document with full information. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qshMR_hMEBrNRxpGOBSx8i77E5rK0uk2/view?usp=sharing For rent: gears, hire porters or storage bags, please book it by this link. https://app.recurrente.com/s/tours-activities-sa

Antigua: 2-Day Acatenango Volcano Trek with Meals & Guide

Antigua: 2-Day Acatenango Volcano Trek with Meals & Guide

Embark on a journey to the Acatenango Volcano, renowned for its breathtaking view of the constantly erupting Fuego Volcano. This two-day, overnight hiking tour is an encounter with one of nature's most stunning spectacles. The hike requires a good level of fitness, agility, and intermediate hiking skills, as the path is notably steep. Please be aware that the only additional cost is the mandatory park entry fee not included in the package, all tour operators manage it this way. Our competitive advantage lies in our exceptional team of thoroughly vetted professional guides, who ensure group cohesion, boost morale, and consistently receive outstanding reviews. Day 1: Our adventure begins at the center of Antigua at 8:30 AM, where we'll board shuttles to the volcano base, approximately 1 hour away. Upon arrival, you'll meet our local bilingual guide, handle the 100 Q (12 USD) cash only entrance fee, check your equipment, complete a quick registration, and then start the ascent. The hike to the campsite, where we'll spend the night, takes about 5-6 hours, depending on the group's pace. We'll provide lunch during the hike, and there will be three bathroom breaks (please bring your own toilet paper). At camp, enjoy a mesmerizing view of the erupting Fuego Volcano at night, a bonfire, hot chocolate, shot of whisky, and dinner—all included. Accommodations are in a shared dormitory with individual sleeping bags. For added comfort, we suggest bringing a small pillow! Note that the sleeping bags are already at the campsite. Day 2: We'll rise at 4 AM for a 1.5-hour hike to experience a stunning sunrise against the backdrop of the erupting volcano. After taking in the view and capturing photos, we return to the camp for breakfast and then begin our descent to the base. We expect to arrive back in Antigua's center by 1 PM. NOTE: Dress warmly. BRING snacks, water, sunglasses, extra socks, suitable hiking shoes, trekking gear, sunscreen, toiletries, a flashlight, a pillow, a simple raincoat, and a waterproof bag. While you can rent or buy these items before we start hiking, being prepared is more cost-effective. Hiking sticks are available for rent on site. There are no porters. As this is a shared tour, the group will hike together at a consistent pace. Your cooperation is important to ensure everyone enjoys a great experience. DISCLAIMER: On Day 1 at camp, local caretakers of the park offer an independent 3-4 hour optional trek to the erupting Fuego Volcano for 250Q each. Please note that this trek is not included in our itinerary or booking cost, nor is it part of our operations or under our responsibility. We bring this to your attention now because you are likely to hear about it during the activity. We wish to courteously acknowledge the efforts of the park caretakers. However, choosing to participate means you agree to temporarily leave the group and our supervision.

From Antigua: 2-Day Acatenango Volcano Hiking Tour with Food

From Antigua: 2-Day Acatenango Volcano Hiking Tour with Food

There are approximately 5 hours of walking to reach the base camp, along the way there will be several stops for rest, hydration and food. There is a option to hike the volcano of FUEGO at first day with an extra walk of 03 hours round trip, People who wish to do so must confirm with group guide to be noted, The extra price to hike Fuego Volcano is Q200 per person. Day 01: 9 a.m. Boarding at your hotel or indicated address 9.30 am Departure from La Antigua Guatemala Equipment verification and meal delivery 10:30 a.m. Arrival at La Soledad village 11 am start of the walk 13:00 Lunch 4 p. m. Arrival at a camp 7 p.m. m. Dinner Day 2: 4 am Start of ascent to the summit of Acatenango 5.45 am Arrival at the summit of Acatenango Sunrise view on the summit summit descent 7:30 a.m. Breakfast at camp team review 8:30 a.m. Start of the descent 11:30 Arrival at La Soledad Village 12:30 Arrival in Antigua Guatemala

Antigua: Pacaya Volcano ATV Tour

Antigua: Pacaya Volcano ATV Tour

Ride a quad bike and feel the adrenaline rush as you drive through Pacaya's. Meet your guide at the meeting point in Antigua for an action-packed adventure away from the city's crowds and chaos. So jump in our car and enjoy the ride as you head to San Vicente Pacaya. Watch as your guide gives you a quick safety induction before you hop on the ATV. First, you will jump on the ATV at San Vicente Pacaya, where you will explore the areas near and around the Pacaya Volcano, surrounded by lush forests and rocks.  Feel the endorphins rush through your body as you enjoy an exhilarating quad bike ride through various trails and to the local village located at the volcano's base. Dive through different off-road trails, and ride through volcanic sand and lava fields inside a private plantation. Ride to the Calderas Lagoon and admire the beautiful turquoise waters. Enjoy eating a tasty sandwich as you take in the views. Make sure you take your camera as you want to take many photos.  Finally, you will enjoy a convenient lift back to Antigua when your tour ends. End your adventure on a high as you go home with memories that last forever. 

From Guatemala City or Antigua: Pacaya Volcano Day Tour

From Guatemala City or Antigua: Pacaya Volcano Day Tour

Come and see the Pacaya Volcano: the most active volcano in Guatemala at 2,500 meters (more than 8,000 feet). Witness spectacular views of the lagoon of Calderas and three other volcanoes: Agua, Fuego and Acatenango. The surrounding area is an experience unto itself, composed in large part of humid forest and rocks. After a walk through volcanic sand paths, with great views of the volcanoes and unique vegetation, you´ll arrive at the plateau where you can see the main crater of the volcano. Today, you can't visit the crater of the volcano for security reasons, but you will see the lava (if active) and some steam baths created by the heat of the Pacaya Volcano. At the volcano, you'll have the opportunity to get an up-close look at the volcano. After a thrilling day of exploration and dramatic views, you will arrive back at your hotel.

Antigua Villages Atv Tour

Antigua Villages Atv Tour

This tour will take us all over the Panchoy Valley around Antigua. We start off going to San Juan del Obispo. It is one of the highest villages around Antigua located on the foothills of the Agua Volcano.. Here we will visit a local chocolate factory named “Chocolate Antigua” where they will show us the chocolate making process as well as get to taste the finished product. During this stop we will also visit a local wine shop which sells wines made out of a local fruit named “Nispero.” After visiting these two spots we will also head to the central plaza of the village and get a birds eye view of Antigua below us. Our next stop is the village of San Pedro de la Huertas. Here we park by the Plaza and visit a local jade shop. At the factory we are shown the processes it takes to turn raw Jade rocks and convert them into fine jewelry. A small shop is located at the factory where we can see a selection of finished products such as “Nahuales” made into necklaces, bracelets, and even keychains. After a little bit of shopping, we hop on our ATVs and head to the next stop on the tour, the first capital city of Guatemala, which is called “Ciudad Vieja” or in English it would be the “Old City”. We park by the central plaza and are able to walk over and visit the first cathedral built in Central America in the year 1534. After a small walk in the plaza we arrive at the local market and while we are there we are shown how to make tortillas like the locals. Once we finish at the market and taste our own tortillas we get on our vehicles and head over to San Antonio Aguas Calientes; in this village we visit a local and traditional textile museum and market where you can purchase local gifts,clothing, and textiles. This stop has some of the best views of the Fuego and Acatenango Volcano due to its vicinity to this small artisan town. Our last stop is the food stop, in this tour we visit a local restaurant in the village of San Pedro El Panorama that serves guatemalan dishes. When we arrive, we will be given a sample of a local dish called “Ceviche” and we are able to try their famous drinks called “Picositas”, Once finished with lunch we will head back to our office in Antigua.

Antigua Half-Day Lost Cities of the Almolonga Bike Tour

Antigua Half-Day Lost Cities of the Almolonga Bike Tour

Get to know the areas surrounding Antigua with a half-day bike tour. On this trip, which is suitable for beginners and intermediate bike riders, ride to the Almolonga Valley west of Antigua. The area was home of the second capital of Guatemala, Ciudad Vieja. On your trip, see the city life fade and the country life take over as you travel further out. Learn about how the old city met a fateful end in 1541 as a result of a terrible mudslide released from the crater of Agua Volcano. The city disappeared in the valley between Agua, Fuego, and Acatenango volcanoes, and you will hear about the ongoing debate as people try to pinpoint its exact location. While out and about, you will also see the villages of Santiago Zamora and San Antonio Aguas Calientes, and stop off at a macadamia farm. This trip is guaranteed to be an educational experience that will teach you about the history and culture of the area while spending time in the great outdoors!

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Our guide Marvin was attentive and friendly. It is an activity that requires a very good physical condition and experience in trekking, so it is good that people do their research before going to know if they have the physical level to do it, otherwise it will delay the group. Although it is required to carry water, you could also buy something along the way so as not to carry 3L of water from the beginning to lighten the load somewhat. It is a unique experience and you should be open-minded given that it is highly physically demanding. The experience was good and they fulfilled what was agreed

At first our oldest was not very thrilled to walk up the mountain, but as soon as we arrived he was so thrilled to be able to ride a horse (which is optional) all the way up the mountain and back down. We did not see much of the volcano that day, as it turned out to be rainy (it's June, so we are in the rainy season), but our guide was very knowledgeable and shared a lot about Pacaya's history. We really enjoyed the fresh air and hike; I would take this tour again, as not only the guide, but also the team at Routa Ideal were very nice and very professional.

Carlos, the guide up in the volcano was E X C E L L E N T. Highly recommend this 6-hours trip from Antigua. Easy trail, I’m not at my top-physical condition and did it with no problem. Enjoy!

Incredible experience, not an easy climb, but the guides were incredible and very knowledgeable and super kind. I was so surprised by how enjoyable the whole experience was.

It was very good, the weather didn't help because it was raining but being in volcanic lava is a tremendous experience.