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Payaca (Guatemala)

Practical information on Payaca

  • Viewpoint
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Mountain
  • Volcano
  • Essential
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
It's a 1 hour 30 minute drive from Antigua
When to go

From November to April

Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Payaca

David Debrincat Seasoned Traveller
459 written opinions

A 1 hour drive from Antigua, the Pacaya volcano is still active. It takes 2 hours to climb it.

My suggestion:
Remember to bring some sweets to grill on the lava for an unforgettable taste.
My review

At 2,500 metres above sea level, Pacaya is one of the most famous volcanoes as well as one of the most accessible volcanoes that I came across while on holiday in Guatemala. You're not allowed to visit the volcano alone, so I organised a climb with a guide from Antigua.

Soon after we set off, the vegetation gave way to vast darkness. The sides of the volcano are covered in sand and lava dust. The landscape is unique. Totally lunar, it's an endless desolation where nothing can survive. The volcano had erupted three months before I arrived. For safety reasons, I was unable to get to the crater. It was too dangerous. With my guide, we dug beneath the layer of ash to see the magma up close. When we dropped hot stones, fumaroles escaped. It's an unforgettable experience that I would highly recommend.

Tours and travel ideas Payaca

  • Adventure
The Mayan Nature Tour
Length 15 days Approx. $3,150
  • Highlights
Mayan Classic and Beach Escape
Length 15 days Approx. $3,650
  • Boutique travel
Mayan Honeymoon - History, Hiking, And Island Paradise 
Length 15 days Approx. $3,610
Multi-destination tour
  • Highlights
Guatemala And Belize Adventure
Length 14 days Approx. $3,110
  • Highlights
Classic Exploration of Guatemala
Length 9 days Approx. $1,810
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