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Climb a Guatemalan volcano

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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 Donaldson
    Hannah Donaldson - Travel Consultant

    Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.

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    Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Consultant

    Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.

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    Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Consultant

    Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.

  • Paul Winrow Giffen
    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.

  • Evie Oswald
    Evie Oswald - Travel Consultant

    It's hard to believe that Evie has had time to cram so much in to her life so far. Having lived as a child in the Americas and Europe she found herself immediately attracted to Latin America.

  • Lina Fuller
    Lina Fuller - Travel Consultant

    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

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