Visit the Attractive Pacaya Volcano

Considered the most active volcano in Guatemala, the Pacaya volcano is located 29 miles south of Guatemala City.

by Astrid Luna
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Guatemala City, by Jenny Rivera -AGN- The Guatemalan System of Protected Areas -Sigap-, through the National Council of Protected Areas -Conap-, invites the public to visit the Pacaya Volcano and Calderas Lagoon, located in the municipality of Amatitlán, in the department of Guatemala.

Considered the most active volcano in Guatemala, the Pacaya volcano, located 47.5 kilometers south of Guatemala City, is a tourist attraction with a height of 2,500 meters above sea level.

The Pacaya volcano resumed its activity in 1966 after almost a century of being inactive. Its action is violent, recurrent, and intense, causing various eruptions.

The constant changes in the shape of the cone also make a changing landscape since it is formed by several relatively resistant peaks and cones, among them Cerro Chino, the Inactive, and the Mackenney.

Lava

The various lava outflows from the Pacaya Volcano can be observed from Cerro Chino or the plain called La Meseta. Also, on the northeastern slope of the volcano is a complex of fiery lava domes that make up the park’s main attraction.

The Pacaya volcano is part of a large volcanic cauldron that includes Lake Amatitlán and the Calderas Lagoon.

According to Sigap, this park has scenic points from where impressive landscapes overlook the mountainous zone, other volcanoes, and several towns.

Viewpoints 

According to Sigap, this park has scenic points from where impressive landscapes overlook the mountainous zone, other volcanoes, and several towns.

Reserve

For those who appreciate watching, fog forests can be seen from the top of the volcano. There are also subtropical jungles with coffee plantations in the lower parts and birds, among other enjoyable views. 

For this reason, the Pacaya volcano has a great richness and diversity, which makes it a desirable destination for those who love nature sightseeing due to its natural attractiveness.

Another attraction is the traditional coffee production process and tours around the plantations.

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