Pacaya Volcano

Pacaya Volcano is in Central Highlands region of Guatemala.

Understand

Pacaya is an active volcano that is currently continuously erupting.

History

Pacaya first erupted approximately 23,000 years ago and has erupted at least 23 times since the Spanish conquest of Guatemala. After being dormant for a century, it erupted violently in 1965 and has been erupting continuously since then, sometimes showering the nearby city of Antigua with ash.

Landscape

This is an active volcano where you can get close enough to the lava flows to poke sticks in it. The ground is made up of loose volcanic rock and is quite unstable in parts.

Get in

Take a bus from Antigua. I believe it would be safe to do this trip on your own although many people state otherwise so you might want to go with a tour company. Shuttles from Antigua to Pacaya volcano everyday the cost is around $15 US per person.

Fees/Permits

There is a park entrance fee of Q5 Quetzals.

Get around

Walk and take a hiking stick the ground is rocky and in sections it is unstable.

See

Molten rock, lava flows.

Do

Take photos.

Buy

Hiking Stick - it'll cost you less than $1.00 and should be returned to the local children that sold it to you.

Eat

There are shops at the base of the trail.

Sleep

Camping

You can camp here.

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