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Due to high demand for additional tours, the symposium organizing committee is working closely with Maya Exotic www.mayaexotic.com to design pre and post tours which show off Guatemala’s well known highlights as well as several that go off-the-beaten-track.

All of the pre and post tours offered below will be handled directly by Maya Exotic. For additional information or to make preliminary reservations please contact Sandra Muralles semuralles@gua.net or Carmen Cecilia Sierra info@mayaexotic.guate.com.

Definite reservations for the tour you decide on should be made as soon as possible as some tours have limited space available.

Payment of the tours can be made at the hospitality desk of Maya Exotic in the lobby of the Quinta Real hotel the day of your arrival.


Volcano Adventure
Pacaya Climb

One Day
POST TOUR: Tuesday February 13th 

This is a great experience! During the last 30 years looking out of our windows we have witnessed geology coming alive!
Pacaya is constantly changing. Our geologists from the IMCoS lectures might even come along on this hike!

8:00 a.m.

Departure to the Pacaya Volcano. After a 45 minute drive via highway and half hour by dirt road arrival at the village of San Francisco los Sales.

From there starts a relatively easy 1.5 to 2 hour climb through amazing formations of lava fields to the rim of the extinct cone. The scenery can change from one day to the other, sometimes it’s an occasional fumarole letting off steam, at other moments a whole lava river flows down the mountain.
When volcanic activities are low you can undertake a more arduous 45 to 60 minute hike through volcanic sand which brings you to the top of the active cone.
“Once you have crested the first rim, it is a moonscape, with the live crater in the background. From the rim of the active crater, it is a scene out of Jules Verne.” (Lissa Hanckel)

Descent is much easier and fun, you actually slide down the volcanic ashes.

Around  4:30 Back at your hotel in Guatemala City.

Services include:

  • Transfers in air conditioned minibus
  • Guided tour of Pacaya National Park
  • Bilingual guide
  • Admission
  • Box lunch
  • Water

Tour price for minimum Rate per person
  4 persons   $ 68.00
  8 persons   $ 58.00
10 persons   $ 48.00
12 persons   $ 38.00