Guatemala's breathtaking beauty owes much to the 37 volcanoes
standing over the country's rugged landscapes of fertile farms, colonial
towns and azure lakes. While most of these volcanoes are dormant, the
Pacaya, Fuego and Santiaguito Volcanoes are active, providing a glimpse
of nature's awesome subterranean power. Guatemala's volcanoes are as
diverse as the country itself and offer an unforgettable challenge to
the adventurous traveler. Many visitors will wish to climb at least
one volcano while in Guatemala; the ascent of any one will be rewarded
by a spectacular view. Pacaya (2550 m / 8366 ft): Is located to the
southeast of Guatemala. For over 30 years it has been expelling pyroclastic
material, typical of a strombolian eruption.
It also has a secondary conduct called the "McKinney Peak".
In addition to this eruption center it has three peaks that are locally
known as the Cerro Chino, Cerro Grande and Cerro Chiquito (The Chinese,
Big and Small Peaks, respectively). The average time to reach the plateau
is approximately two hours and the descent time is one hour. Visitors
may also be rewarded with a view of Guatemala's second largest lake,
Amatitlán, which lies at the southern base of the volcano. The
much photographed Pacaya Volcano is well known for being the most visited
by the tourists that enjoy the adventure of climbing an active volcano
giving the visitant a great seen of nature. Don't miss this unforgettable
experience in Guatemala.