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Volcan Pacaya, about an hour and a half from Antigua is the country's most popular volcano destination. Rising to 2,252 meter, Pacaya is in a near constant state of eruption. Those who make it to the summit will encounter an otherworldly scene of smoke and gas, with the occasional volacanic belch. Some of the rocks will be very hot to the touch. Very infrequently, Pacaya will let loose with a spectacular eruption. When the skies are clear, the views are amazing.
You always have an option to hike or do a horse back riding. For those who are up for the challenge, it is better to hike. The mountain is very steep and slippery, and again it was raining at the time of our hike. The trail leads to the volcano itself and on your way up, the trail has a lot of horse poops, so be careful of where you are going to step on.
Getting close to the crater of Volcan Pacaya, you'll be able to witness another world, its like walking in the moon, though i don't know how it feels to walk in the moon, the place is mostly covered with molten magma. Walking through it, you could feel the hot surface and the steaming heat. The rocks are very sharp that it could easily wound you with a simple mistake. So you should be extremely careful!!
Our next challenge is to find where the lava flow is. It's good that we have a professional tour guide that he was able to locate the place easily. The view was very awesome, the flames of the molten lava flowing in a river of flames is a spectacular view and worth seeing. I highly recommend this place, the experice was something different...