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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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    Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.

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