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Antigua and the highlands: Climb a Guatemalan volcano

Climb a Guatemalan volcano

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This guided hike up the slopes of the active volcano of Pacaya (2,552m) brings you almost within touching distance of its smoking cone. It’s a strenuous ascent but takes only 2 or 3 hours, and the views from the top are well worth the effort. On a clear day, it’s even possible to see all the way to El Salvador.

As the pine forests of the volcano’s foothills fall away, the trail crosses ash and scree to reach the summit. There may be lava flows and the chance to see burning red embers scorching away under the dark solidified magma covering the surface of the volcano.

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