Day Trips in Guatemala:

From Puerto Quetzal to the Pacaya Volcano

The Pacaya Volcano is without doubt Guatemala's most popular volcano due to its easy accessibility. It is located just south of Guatemala City.



Pacaya first erupted about 23,000 years ago. Little is known about its activity before the Spanish conquest, but since then it has erupted more than 20 times. The current phase began with a violent eruption in 1965 after Pacaya had been dormant for a century, and it has been active ever since.

With a height of only 2,500 meters (8,200 ft) above sea level, it is relatively easy to climb and the view from the top is truly spectacular. Standing at the rim of the crater, you can see the glowing lava inside. Turn around and you have an unobstructed view of a sizable part of the Central Highlands. On a clear day, you can see Guatemala City, the Pacific coast, three other volcanoes to the west, and many smaller mountains in between.

Climbing the Pacaya volcano will be an adventure you will remember for the rest of your life!

Tours include:

  • Round-trip shuttle bus from Puerto Quetzal to Pacaya (entrance fee to the park not included)
  • Professional English speaking guide Us$150 (not included)

Price for 1-10 people: US$400.00
Price for 11-14 people: US$500