$10 TOUR option: If you are just ONE solo traveler and want to jump onto an OX private Pacaya tour, we recommend you come with the minimum number of clients (4) so that we can initiate this tour with you. Our guides and company are the most professionally executed tours in Antigua, but we can not do a tour if we have less than 4. So simply take a tour with a travel agency. They usually charge about $10. per person. You will be totally responsible for your own gear, food, water, entrance fees, etc. They pretty much only cover the transportation. Unfortunately we do not have a recommendation for this service because they all tend to offer low quality tours (hence the price) but it is an opportunity to at least visit the volcano. Be prepared for “hidden / surprise” expenses.
SLEEP: BOOK a BED at our Base Camp for the night before so you can just roll out of bed at whatever awful hour in the morning (6am departure for overnight tour, 5am departure for day trips) and we store your bags in big burly lockers. :) Starting at $8. per night.
TOUR TIME: We offer two tours options. Departure at 6am (expect clear skies and great views with lots of sun) and Departure at 2pm (expect to walk in fading light as we will try to be up high to see an amazing sunset. During rainy season, we almost always recommend the morning tour, but if it is NOV. - MAY, this “sunset” tour could be a great option.
WATER: 2 liters minimum and snacks (chocolate bar, nuts, etc.) for 3 rest breaks.
GEAR: Rain Gear is essential anytime of year. Sunscreen, sunglasses, baseball cap, non-cotton clothing, comfortable-capable shoes. If possible, warm jacket, gloves and warm hat. Day-pack is all you need.
KNOW: There is no Pre-Trip Meeting for this tour because it is our easiest tour offered for volcanoes at OX. So here a few things to note. At Pacaya the locals will want to sell you the service of a horse. If you need a horse to climb the volcano, it will cost you about Q100. one way. It is only about a one hour hike. If you are not in good physical condition, this is an option. So bring some extra $. Also, the kids at Pacaya will be offering hiking sticks, Q5 per stick. Recommended if you want a very stable hike. :)