Pacaya Volcano Tour and Hot Springs with Lunch from Guatemala City
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Pass By: Gray Line Guatemala, Guatemala City 0011 Guatemala
Pacaya is an active volcano located in the municipality of San Vicente Pacaya in the department of Escuintla, Guatemala.
You willl be pick up at your hotel for an adventure day in one of the active volcanoes in Guatemala combine with an afternoon of relaxation in the Hot Springs.
Stop At: Pacaya Volcano, Antigua 05001 Guatemala
Upon arrival at the Park you will be waiting for our local guide, an expert in the area which will fill you with all your knowledge.
We will start hiking from the San Vicente de Pacaya village and begin the adventure with a walking of 60 minutes ascending to the Volcano getting into trails, On the way we will be able to appreciate the beautiful landscape with a view to the Agua volcano and the Fuego Volcano, You can also appreciate the local vegetation and some species that live in the area which you can get to know a little more with our local guide.
At the end of our walk we will reach a rocky and arid area where we can see the volcano and lava flows, where we can cook marshmallows. Time to take souvenir photographs.
We will begin our descent and during our journey we will find the Lava Store where you can buy a souvenir made with volcanic material and with your purchase you will be able to support the community.
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Stop At: Kawilal Spa Guatemala, Avenida Puente de la Gloria Riveras del Río Michatoya, Amatitlan 01063 Guatemala
After the visit we will move to the Hot Springs where we can enjoy the properties of them. We will enjoy a delicious lunch (included)
Kawilal is a world of relaxation, where the most important elements of nature are present in this unique place of thermal waters, in our environment are the mixed fire and heat of the Pacaya volcano that gives us the thermal waters and vapors. It has a complex that promotes sustainable tourism in our country, 12 thermal pools, thermal circuit, steam baths, 25 and 3 Hydrotherapy Baths and offer spa services such as relaxing massages, reflexology, Shiatsu for relaxation, manicures and pedicures, among others.
Duration: 2 hours
Pass By: Gray Line Guatemala, Guatemala City 0011 Guatemala
At the end of the visit, transfer to Guatemala City via Antigua Guatemala.
- Local guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Entrance to Pacaya Volcano National Park
- Entrance to Kawilal Hot Springs
- Entry/Admission - Pacaya Volcano
- Entry/Admission - Kawilal Spa Guatemala
- Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Horses at Pacaya Volcano
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Tours include bilingual guide (English and Spanish).
- It is recommended that you bring walking shoes, hat, sunglasses, and a camera.
- Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
- Infants must sit on laps
- Please contact local provider if you need a guide in any other language. French, German and Italian in private services, subject to additional costs and guide availability.
- For groups of 10 persons or more, please contact local provider to arrange.
- Please keep in mind that when climbing an active volcano changes in activity and weather may cancel or shorten the excursion at anytime.
- Medical and Legal Note: Guests booking this tour certify that they are in excellent physical condition and free from any heart, respiratory and/or back condition and are not pregnant. Booking of this tour constitutes an acceptance of the inherent risk of climbing any active volcano and the guest agrees to hold Gray Line all subsidiaries, licensees, staff members and vendors harmless and not liable for any and all injuries or death as a result of taking this tour.
- Child under 13 years is not allowed to take the thermal circuit.
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- If you are lodging in Zone 1, our only pick-up point is at the Hotel Panamerican.
- If you are lodging in an airbnb please move to the nearest hotel lobby and please let us know of its name.
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
The feeling I had when reaching the top where the lava flow was is a memory I know I will always treasure. Our guide, Claudio, was amazing. It’s a long hike up, but well worth the experience! Lunch was delicious, and the hot springs was an amazing way to end this tour.
This is absolutely amazing and the best to do. The volcano is beautiful and the views are really special. Pace still works and you can hear it while walking over it. And then afterwards the hot springs is a real threat and the lunch is perfect to. But what really makes the day is Juan Pablo - best and most happy guide ever !
The view at the top of the mountain, once you finally get to it, is phenomenal! But, don't be fooled, like we were...this tour does not take you to climb the Pacaya Volcano. It is a tour where you climb approx. 7500 ft, which is halfway up a mountain ACROSS from the volcano! The bright is that you actually get to see the Pacaya, which for us, was in eruption that day and we even heard it! It's a pretty steep climb, but of course that depends on what shape you're in...we're in our 50's and pretty athletic, but it still took the breath out of us. And, proper shoes are definitely recommended. I wore a good pair of sneakers, but the rubber kept slipping on the rocks and I almost fell around 5 times, no matter how careful I tried to be! At the beginning of the tour you will be ambushed by locals and their horses, to cheer you down on your climb. They can take you up the mountain, on the horse, if you can't make it for about 25 roundtrip. I recommend to eat breakfast beforehand bc they will not stop and you will need the energy. Also, take the tour out of Antigua if you will be there, bc if you take it from Guatemala City, the bus will drag you all the way to Antigua anyway to pick up other tourists which adds an extra hour, back and forth to your trip!. The final Hot-Springs-pool-circuit, at Teresita's, is totally worth the trip. It will renew and reinvigorate your tired muscles! And, the lunch is very good. No need to bring your own towels. The tour guide we had, Davis, was low key, but pretty knowledgeable. However, once you arrive to the mountain side, a local guide will adhere himself to your group, and you will end up paying him a tip also. Overall, a good experience. If you can make it to the volcano on your own, there are plenty of guides there who you definitely will need, and you can avoid the long trip on the van.
This was one of the best things I have ever done...right up there with climbing the Great Wall and diving at the Great Barrier Reef. Our guide, Jovany Mijangos, was patient, knowledgeable and a lifetime local and his English was great. The hike up was challenging at times but you can go at your own pace. There are horses available to 20 to ride up if needed. The views are breathtaking! As you reach the top you are face to face with the clouds! When you reach the top you are on dry lava igneous rock and it looks like another planet. I felt like I was on Mars...so cool!! We even got to roast marshmallows on some of the dry lava that was still hot and smoking. Must do!! The hot springs were not as natural as I thought they would be. It was a spa at a hotel, but it was a beautiful and amazing spa with a delicious lunch...I didn't want to leave. Great afternoon, perfect day!
I will be honest that I was a bit worried about doing this hike as I'm 50ish and not in great shape, but it was awesome. My friend and I were the only two in the group, and the guide allowed us to take it at our own pace and stop when necessary. You will walk on all types of rocky terrain from sand-like to softball sized rocks. The guide was informative about the volcano and the surrounding area. Finishing off the afternoon in the thermal pools was a relaxing way to end the day.
The hike up Pacaya Volcano is quite steep, I would recommend wearing real hiking boots as opposed to sneakers. I was wearing Nikes and kept slipping. They had walking sticks available for 1 and horses that could take you up the volcano for 100 Q one way. Our tour guide Jairo was excellent and very knowledgable. Our driver Jose was very kind and safe. My mother and I did not make it all the way to the top. We decided to turn back about halfway and Jairo insisted that he walk back down with us - even though he didn't have to!! Jose also opened up the van so my other could sit inside with the AC while we waited for the rest of the group. My brother made it to the top and said it was beautiful. The hot springs were a real treat after the volcano although the thermal circuit was a bit different. Definitely a great way to spend our last day in Guatemala!