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Lunar Landscape of Volcanic flows
Lunar Landscape of Volcanic flows
San Vicente Pacaya serves as a starting point for climbing Pacaya Volcano. One of several easily climbed volcanoes in Guatemala, Pacaya tops out at 2,552 metres (8,373 ft). This volcano has been constantly active since 1965, with lava flows and occasional eruptions. The ascent from San Vicente takes about an hour each way and can be done on foot or on horseback (approx $20 round trip) with the last section done on foot. As you reach the top, be prepared for loose volcanic ash and unstable footing - wearing hiking boots if you can.

The hike can be done anytime of day, but dawn or dusk provides a great backdrop for the vivid oranges and reds of the lava as it cascades down the mountain slopes. Sunrise or sunset are colored by the clouds and smoke that ring the top of Pacaya. Bring a head lamp or a flashlight, and by all means, buy a walking stick ($0.50 USD) from one of the children selling them at the base! It's steep and slippery! [edit text]  [editors]

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