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Guatemala Volcano Special
8-day volcano tour to Pacaya and Fuego, Guatemala
Pacaya volcano
Pacaya volcano
Ash eruption from Fuego at dusk
Ash eruption from Fuego at dusk

Guatemala Volcano Special

8-day volcano tour to Pacaya and Fuego, Guatemala
Tour type
Walking & study tour: active volcanoes - geology & volcanism - adventure
Difficulty
Moderate
Group size: 3-6
Duration
8 days / 7 nights
29 Oct - 5 Nov 2022
Price per person
$ 2300 €£¥
Guatemala is a country with spectacular volcanic activity, wonderful landscapes, colorful villages and towns, friendly people.
Guatemala has some of the highest density of active volcanoes anywhere on the planet. The most active volcanoes, Pacaya and Fuego, have been in eruption for years. They often show strombolian activity, f. ex Fuego volcano is known for its spectacular fireworks.
Join a trip organised together with an experienced Guatemalan guide and photographer to have a chance to watch active volcanoes from up close! Get an in-depth experience of the powerful and turbulent natural processes at work and take stunning pictures!
Moreover, you will visit the famous volcanic Lake Atitlán and have a spectacular view of the surrounding volcanoes: Atitlán, Tolimán, and San Pedro (“The Three Giants“). On the lakeshore there is a colourful town San Juan La Laguna known especially for its art and it's a great place to pick up some canvases to take home.
With its colonial heritage, the lively and colorful town of Antigua is the perfect place to start and to end the tour. There is time to explore the Mayan markets, listen and dance to the sounds of Salsa and Merengue, practice your Spanish and get in touch with the friendly and warm Guatemalan people.
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  • 2 active volcanoes from close: Fuego, Pacaya
  • Different viewpoints and extended observation time for each volcano
  • Impressive volcanic landscapes
  • Colorful towns and markets (La Antigua, San Juan La Laguna)
  • Famous volcanic Atitlan Lake
  • Friendly hospitable people
  • Comfortable accommodation and camping

8-day itinerary Volcano Special

Day 1: Arrival to Guatemala. Stay in Antigua city
Arrival to Guatemala. Own transfer to the hotel in Antigua. (by Uber). Free time in Antigua. Welcome dinner. Night in hotel.
Meals: dinner
Day 2: Pacaya volcano
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the foothills of the Pacaya volcano with an impressive view of the Fuego, Acatenango, Agua and Pacaya volcanoes, also when the sky is clear is an amazing spot to see constellations, planets, meteors, and galaxies as the Milky Way.
We set up a camp, have lunch and hike to explore the petrified lava of flow of 2010 and 2014 that burnt lots of farm fields. Dinner in the camp. Night in tents.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 3: San Juan La Laguna (Atitlan Lake)
Breakfast in the camp. Transfer to the colorful town of San Juan La Laguna at the edge of the famous Atitlan Lake. City tour. Night in hotel.
Meals: brealfast
Day 4: Veiwpoit of the Lake. Return to La Antigua
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the viewpoint of the Lake. Transfer to La Antigua Guatemala. Stay in the hotel.
Meals: breakfast
Day 5-6: Acatenango
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Acatenango volcano - climb 1200 m to a great viewpoint at 3600 m facing active Fuego volcano. Set up a camp, lunch and rest. Enjoy the best views of Fuego volcano from there. Dinner in the camp. Evening & night-time observation of Fuego. Night in tents.
Possibility to climb to the summit of Acatenango on one of the days (at extra cost).
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 7: Return to Antigua
Breakfast. Morning observation of Fuego´s activity from the campsite. Descend back to the start of the hiking trail, pick-nick lunch and return to Antigua. Check in the hotel and free time till the evening. In the evening a group meets for a farewell dinner in a selected restaurant in historic center of Antigua. Night in the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast
Day 8: Departure
Breakfast in the hotel. Own transfer to the airport or extension.
Meals: breakfast
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Arrival info:

The tour starts in Guatemala city and ends in Antigua city. Participants go from and to the airport themselves (as the arrivals of the flights are different). If you want some help with booking a transfer, pleasу send us a message.

Additional info

Physical requirements

This tour is only suitable if you are used to longer hikes and are in good overall physical shape. The hikes up Acatenango volcanoes require rather strenuous climbs / descends of ca. 1200 m altitude change and at moderate altitude (reaching ca. 3700 m elevation), but on good and technically easy trails.
Since most of the tour takes place on the highlands at >1500m elevation, you probably acquire some acclimatization before climbing the first high peak. It is important that you know how to walk slowly and at your own pace. Normally, the climbs take 4-5 hrs, but it is no problem if it takes more than that as long as you are comfortable with the pace.
You will only need to carry a light day-pack with some water and clothing, and perhaps your camera during the climbs to Pacaya and Acatenango.

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