Pacaya Volcano Local Guide Service Only

Pacaya Volcano is a popular choice for adventurous tourists due to its easy access and the opportunity to observe volcanic activity up close.

3 hours


Up to
8 people per guide


Our team comprises experienced guides from the Pacaya Volcano community, for whom the volcano serves almost as a second home. They possess an intimate knowledge of the volcano and its surrounding areas, enabling them to share fascinating insights and stories that will enhance your experience. Each guide is officially certified by the Guatemalan government, ensuring they meet stringent standards of safety and professionalism.

Moreover, our guides are fluent in English, with a fluency level of 60%, allowing them to communicate with you. They are thoroughly trained not only in customer service excellence but also in handling emergencies, ensuring that safety is paramount during every tour.


  • About 3 hours of Pacaya Guiding Service in Spanish or English (60% level).
  • 1 Local Guide for a group of up to 8 people. If your group is larger you will need to pay for more local guides. Initiate a chat for further assistance.
  • Roasting Marshmallows at Pacaya Volcano rocks (marshmallows included)
  • Guiding Service through the complete regular circuit of Pacaya Volcano


  • Entrance to the Volcano Q100 per foreign person Q30 for Guatemalans (presenting DPI or Passport).
  • Transfer service.
  • Food and drinks.
  • Avery day at any time between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm.


  • Cap
  • Cash to pay the entrance to the volcano
  • Sun Protection
  • At least 1 liter of pure water
  • Snacks
  • Sports and comfortable shoes for walking
  • Sports clothing
  • Sweat lodge
  • Waterproof coat or jacket (in winter or in rainy weather)
  • Flashlight


Hiking Pacaya Volcano without a guide is strongly discouraged primarily for safety reasons, as the volcano’s unpredictable nature can pose significant risks such as sudden eruptions and hazardous terrain, also there may be animal encounters that can represent a danger for you. Local guides are trained to navigate through this place, recognize early warning signs of volcanic activity, and ensure compliance with safety regulations. Additionally, they provide invaluable educational insights about the volcano’s geology, local ecology, and cultural significance, enhancing the overall experience. Moreover, employing local guides supports the community economically, contributing to the sustainability of the area’s tourism. For your safety and to enrich your experience, a knowledgeable guide is essential when exploring Pacaya Volcano.

The weather on Pacaya Volcano is generally warm and tropical due to its location in Guatemala. However, due to the volcano’s altitude, the climate can vary within the same day. If you want to hike Pacaya Volcano with less chance of experiencing rain, we recommend taking this Pacaya Tour during the months from November to April, when we have more sunny days with spectacular views. If you’re an all-terrain adventurer and the rain doesn’t dampen your spirits, you’ll also enjoy this hike to Pacaya during the rainy season, which usually starts in May and lasts until October. During the winter, it typically rains more heavily in the afternoon.

War hiking boots as the terrain on Pacaya Volcano can be rocky and uneven, and in some areas, it might be loose with volcanic ash and small pebbles. However, if you don’t have ones, you could wear resistant and comfortable sports shoes. Wear long pants, a hat, a cap or similar. Also, the sun can be intense, especially during the dry season, so apply sunscreen to all exposed skin areas. If you are hiking during the rainy season or there is a chance of rain, bring a rain jacket or raincoat to keep yourself dry.

Hiking Pacaya Volcano with kids can be a fantastic family adventure. We accept kids of all ages, however, you need to consider that this is a collective tour which means that you and your kid will need to stick to the group and walk at the group’s pace. Generally, kids over 8 years old accustomed to physical activity or with previous hiking experience may be able to complete the tour by themselves. Little kids, under 8 years old, may require more help and you should consider hiring a Pacaya horseback tour for your kid.

The hike to Pacaya Volcano typically covers a round-trip distance of about 3 to 4 miles (approximately 5 to 6.5 kilometers). The trail starts at the base of the volcano, and the ascent usually takes about 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on the pace and the number of breaks you take. The descent generally takes less time.

As per the last update in 2024, there is no lava flowing from Pacaya Volcano. Pacaya last eruption date was recorded in 2021. Currently, you can find large rivers of petrified lava at Pacaya Volcano. Petrified lava looks like a rock.

Yes, there is a pizza store at Pacaya Volcano. We also promote an experience in which you can cook your own pizza, see more here: {enlace}. However, these group tours don’t go to the pizza store, if you still want to go to the pizza store, you will need to hire another local guide (at additional cost), by hiring a local guide you’ll have the flexibility to separate from the group and go to the pizza store, get some pizza and return on time to join the group to return to Antigua. Please, initiate a chat for further assistance.

Price Per Guide

$55.00 $40.00 27.3% OFF

Choose what time you want the tour(s)
Choose how many people will go on the tour, keep in mind that there is a maximum of 8 people per guide.
We recommend booking your tour at least 18 hours in advance for weekdays and 48 hours in advance for weekends

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