Antigua Guatemala
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  • From Antigua: Pacaya Volcano Trek

    1. From Antigua: Pacaya Volcano Trek

    Walk for 2 hours to the summit of Pacaya Volcano and enjoy stunning views. Leave from Antigua for a 1-hour bus journey to the volcano's base before immediately starting your 2-hour trek with your local guide. Hike through wonderful pine forests up to the trickier volcanic ash section and finally to the sulfur smoking cone. On occasions you can even see small eruptions and lava flowing, depending on the activity of the volcano. From the summit you can enjoy great views of the nearby volcanoes, Agua, Fuego and Acatenango, the pacific lowlands and all the way to El Salvador. To ensure your safety you won’t be able to visit the crater, but you will get an amazing view of red-hot lava flowing and steam baths created by the heat of Pacaya. Take a break and relax here as you take in more scenic views before hiking back to the base of the volcano, from where you will transfer back to your acc...

    It was perfect and the tour guide was excellent! He was very patient and shared his knowledge about the volcano throughout the hike. Definitely recommend it!

  • Guatemala Pacaya Volcano Day Tour

    2. Guatemala Pacaya Volcano Day Tour

    Come and see the Pacaya Volcano: the most active volcano in Guatemala at 2,500 meters (more than 8,000 feet). Witness spectacular views of the lagoon of Calderas and three other volcanoes: Agua, Fuego and Acatenango. The surrounding area is an experience unto itself, composed in large part of humid forest and rocks. After a walk through volcanic sand paths, with great views of the volcanoes and unique vegetation, you´ll arrive at the plateau where you can see the main crater of the volcano. Today, you can't visit the crater of the volcano for security reasons, but you will see the lava (if active) and some steam baths created by the heat of the Pacaya Volcano. At the volcano, you'll have the opportunity to get an up-close look at the volcano. After a thrilling day of exploration and dramatic views, you will arrive back at your hotel.

    From the moment Davis picked us up, we felt safe and very excited. His English is perfect and he was very knowledgeable about all aspects of the country and the tour. The hike was challenging for us, but not difficult. We are experienced hikers who refused the horses, but I did rent a hiking stick, which I found to be incredibly useful. The tour was worth every penny and I highly recommend it.

  • 3-Day Tour of Lake Atitlan & Chichicastenango Market

    3. 3-Day Tour of Lake Atitlan & Chichicastenango Market

    Experience two of Guatemala's most celebrated points of interest: sparkling Lake Atitlan and the Chichicastenango Market on this 3-day tour from Antigua. Visit the highland town of Chichicastenango, world-famous for its open-air market. Here you'll find amazing handicrafts created by the indigenous Maya people as you witness an incessant exchange of fruits and vegetables. Next to the market stands the Church of Santo Tomas, a 16th-century church where you can observe age-old Mayan rituals being performed. Filling an enormous caldera and surrounded by volcanoes and traditional Mayan villages, Lake Atitlan has become renowned for its indescribable beauty and unique cultural history. Spend a day on a guided boat tour of the lake and surrounding towns, then experience the nightlife of Panajachel. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Antigua ̶ Chichicastenango – Panajachel

  • Atitlán: Private Full-Day Lake and Locals Tour

    4. Atitlán: Private Full-Day Lake and Locals Tour

    Take a day trip to one of the most beautiful lakes in Central America, Atitlán Lake. Explore 2 ancient Mayan towns with your private guide and admire the impressive landscapes formed by 3 volcanoes. After pickup at 6:00 AM at your hotel in Antigua Guatemala or Guatemala City, take a 3-hour journey towards Atitlán Lake. Your first stop will be a viewpoint with impressive panoramic views over Sololá Department, the volcanoes, and the lake. From Panajachel, one of the 11 Mayan villages, take a 20-minute boat trip across the lake towards San Juan La Laguna. Once you debark, stroll along the “handicrafts” street, which includes chocolate and medicinal plant stores, textile factories, art galleries, and souvenir shopping.  After San Juan La Laguna, take the private boat towards Santiago Atitlán, where you learn about Mayan ethnic groups and their unique textile patterns and colors, religious ...

  • 1 Day Acatenango Volcano Hike from Antigua

    5. 1 Day Acatenango Volcano Hike from Antigua

    Our group leaves from our office in Antigua at 5:00am, where you can fill up your water bottles and purchase any additional gear you might need. Hikers should eat breakfast beforehand and pack a small snack for the road. A one-hour drive takes us from Antigua to the sleepy mountain village of La Soledad, perched on the ridge of the Pacific slope of Volcan Acatenango. The trail up Volcan Acatenango has four distinct microclimates, each of which will take you about an hour to traverse. We’ll begin by walking up a steep trail through local farm fields - the same trail used by local villagers each morning to access their corn, snow pea and lily fields. Our first hour of hiking will help you acclimatize and warm up the leg muscles for the day’s hike. The second phase of our ascent passes through old-growth tropical cloud forest. In this environmental zone, we find some of Acatenango’s oldest...

  • From Antigua: Pacaya Volcano Day Hike

    6. From Antigua: Pacaya Volcano Day Hike

    Volcano Pacaya (8370ft/2552m) may not be Guatemala’s highest peak, however its slopes and unique landscapes are certainly of some of the most impressive volcanic landscapes in all of Central America. Set in its own National Park, Pacaya is a storybook volcano with a continuous plume of smoke drifting from its summit and a massive dried lava field forming the valley at the base of its caldera. The group meets in Antigua at 08:00 (for a morning hike) or 14:00 (for a sunset hike) – where drinking water, bathroom facilities, and retail outdoor equipment are available. Your drive to the trailhead is just over 1 hour in private transport from Antigua to the Park Office. As the group moves up the myriad of trails on the mountain, Guatemala’s impressive vistas open up before you. As you reach the base of the caldera, your guide will direct the group through the rugged dried lava fields, recentl...

  • From Antigua: 2-Day Chichicastenango & Lake Atitlan Tour

    7. From Antigua: 2-Day Chichicastenango & Lake Atitlan Tour

    In Chichicastenango, explore the indigenous market and be witness to the incessant exchange of fruits, vegetables and handicrafts between the locals and foreigners. Lake Atitlán was formed when a volcanic caldera depleted its magma. Three stately volcanoes - Atitlan, Tolimán and San Pedro - rise gracefully from its southern shore, their perfect cones reflected in the azure mirror of the lake. Discover weaving made and worn by the Maya-Tzutujil and Cakchiquel women who live around the lake and many of the men also wear traditional, hand-woven clothing. Day 1 – Chichicastenango: - 07:00: Transfer from your hotel in Guatemala City or Antigua to Chichicastenango - 10:00: Arrival to Chichicastenango’s market.  In the center of town you will find the local market where you can buy wood products, ceramics and even gifts that the Mayan priests offer on their prehispanic altar...

  • Acatenango Volcano 2-Day Hike

    8. Acatenango Volcano 2-Day Hike

    This 2-day/1-night hike brings you up the slopes of beautiful Volcan Acatenango to our private campsite – bench-cut into the side of this towering mountain. From here we enjoy our camp meals, incredible views, and plenty of room to stretch out. In camp there we will have ample time to appreciate the sights and sounds of nearby Volcan Fuego’s violent volcano eruptions. On the morning of the 2rd day, our group will summit Acatenango’s peak (3,975m/12,720ft - the third highest volcano in Guatemala), taking in panoramic views from atop the summit. Finally, we will descend back down through a myriad of microclimates to return to Antigua by early afternoon. Day 1: Hike To Camp Our group leaves from the Old Town Outfitters Shop at 8:00am, where you can fill up your water bottles and purchase any additional gear you might need. Hikers should...

    This was probably the most challenging thing I have done but also the most incredible experience I have ever had! Just a word of advice to take the following: wet wipes, tissues, head lamp (or torch) for early morning summit, hiking poles (they make such a difference) and obliviously warm clothing (it gets freezing at night).

  • 3 Day Acatenango & Fuego Volcanoes Doubleheader Hike

    9. 3 Day Acatenango & Fuego Volcanoes Doubleheader Hike

    This 3-day/2-night hike brings you up the slopes of beautiful Volcan Acatenango to our private campsite – bench-cut into the side of this towering mountain. From here we enjoy our camp meals, incredible views and plenty of room to stretch out - along with the sights and sounds of nearby Volcan Fuego’s violent volcano eruptions. We continue our hike across and up Volcan Fuego the next morning, and enjoy lunch beneath Fuego’s smoldering caldera on Day 2. After a return hike in the afternoon, we enjoy another evening at camp with fresh food and a warm fire (weather permitting!). Our group will summit Acatenango’s peak (3,975m/12,720ft - the third highest volcano in Guatemala!) on the morning of the 3rd day, and descend back down through a myriad of environmental zones to return to Antigua Guatemala by early afternoon. Day 1 Our group meets at the Old Tow...

  • From Antigua: 1-Day Guatemala-Pacaya Active Volcano Hike

    10. From Antigua: 1-Day Guatemala-Pacaya Active Volcano Hike

    After pick-up from your hotel in Antigua arrive at the foot of the volcano. From there your expert guide will lead you on a 1-hour hike from the San Vicente de Pacaya village up to a distance of approximately 50 meters from the crater. Look down into the crater at the lava as you experience the energy of an active volcano. Note the fumaroles, vents in the earth through which gases escape. Learn about Pacaya Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in Guatemala, and observe how it has shaped the country around it. At 2500 meters above sea level wander through an unusual landscape of humid forest and rocks.  Before transfer back to your hotel in Antigua visit the Lava Store to buy souvenirs made from the volcanic ash produced by the mountain. 

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What people are saying about Antigua Guatemala

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 50 reviews

This tour was amazing! Our guide Dario (sp?) was incredibly kind and knowledgeable. He stopped along the path to teach us about the volcano, plants, and history. Our Spanish was limited so he spoke some English for us until another traveler translated. The best parts were the incredible views, roasting marshmallows and grilling our peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and skiing down a portion of the trail. Dario even took a video of us and sent it! The whole experience was wonderful and we are very grateful we had the opportunity to do such a unique tour.

It was an awesome hike. I’m so happy we had someone in the group who could translate so we could hear all the amazing knowledge. We actually ended up making friends on the hike and had dinner after which was special. The hike was challenging but worth it. The only complaint was the people on the horses who kept asking the whole way up if we wanted to ride the horse. They would not take no for an answer. I understand it’s their livelihood but it was annoying whenever we took a break or a breather to be hounded. Other than that we had a great time!

From the moment Davis picked us up, we felt safe and very excited. His English is perfect and he was very knowledgeable about all aspects of the country and the tour. The hike was challenging for us, but not difficult. We are experienced hikers who refused the horses, but I did rent a hiking stick, which I found to be incredibly useful. The tour was worth every penny and I highly recommend it.

It was perfect and the tour guide was excellent! He was very patient and shared his knowledge about the volcano throughout the hike. Definitely recommend it!

A very pleasant experience walking on petrified lava. The guide is very friendly and brings mashmellows to melt with the heat of the volcano.