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Climb a Guatemalan volcano
Make the steep but short ascent of Pacaya volcano to drink in beautiful views across the surrounding highlands.
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.
Activity Rating: moderate
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Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Consultant
Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.
Carrie Gallagher - Travel Consultant
A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Escorted Groups team.
Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Consultant
Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.
Ben Line - Travel Consultant
Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Manager of the Tailor-made Department.
Sophie Barber - Travel Consultant
Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia.
Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Consultant
After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.