Let's climb one of the 10 most active volcanoes in the World!
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|Photo Credit: Adolfo Cruz
This half-day trip to the top of this highly-active Strombolian volcano will marvel us, as we stand next to the lava. Our
guide will explain not only about the volcano and all the eruptions that it had been through recorded history, but we will
get a good understanding on how Guatemala, as part of the Central American Corridor was formed millions of years ago. We can
take you at any time of the day or night, but we have seen that the best time is to start the climb around 4:00 am. It will
take us about 1 1/2 hours to reach the base of the cone, where all the lava can be appreciated. Most of the hike will be through
a Mountain Forest, and the very last couple hundred meters will be on an open space. We will be able to enjoy the natural
habitat of the forest once we go down, because on the way up the only light we will have will be the one from our headlamps.
This is a trip for anyone who is in normal physical conditions. We will climb up to an elevation of 2500 meters Above Sea
Level, or some 8250 feet.
|Standing on dried lava - CLICK TO ENLARGE
|Photo Credit: Adolfo Cruz
We feel particularly comfortable being at Pacaya Volcano, not only because we've done this trip hundreds of times, but also
because National Geographic Television chose our company to be their logistical counterpart & outfitter during a five-day
long documentary about active volcanoes.
ITINERARY (according to our suggestion, but can be changed)
3:00 am. Pick up at your hotel in La Antigua or Guatemala City and transfer to the volcano.
4:00 am. We start walking up the volcano. At this point we'll give you some energizing fruit and bottled water.
5:30 am. After a few technical stops on the way, we reach the base of the cone and the lava. Here we will have magnificent
views of the Pacific Ocean Slope, as well as the Guatemala City Valley and the massive "Agua", "Fuego"
and "Acatenango" volcanoes.
7:30 am. Breakfast will be served at the base of the cone.
8:30 am. Slowly and sadly we start our descend to where we left the vehicle.
9:30 am. We drive back to your hotel arriving one hour later.
This trip includes round trip private land transportation, admission fees to the Pacaya Volcano National Park, guided
trip as well as the company of a National Park's Ranger, breakfast and fruit & bottled water for the hike up. The cost
is US$ 45.00 per person
EXTENSION TO CALDERAS PRIVATE RESERVE
At the end of the visit to the volcano, we can drive just a couple kilometers and visit a beautiful lagoon, of volcanic origin
as well, take a refreshing bath and finish the morning here. This private reserve has also a "Canopy Speedway",
which basically consist of a series of platforms based on very strong trees, all of them linked by thick cables. All this
system is suspended close to the canopy of the trees, at some 15 meters or 50 feet high. We will cross from one platform to
the next hanging and sliding from the cables. Our security system will be composed of a state-of-the-art harness, attached
to the cable. This has an extra cost of US$ 35.00 per person, and includes admission fee to the reserve, as well as the Canopy
Speedway and a delicious BBQ.