In our travels on Thursday, we found a local tour agency and booked transport and a guide for Volcano Pacaya. Our van picked us up at 2:00pm from the hotel, and after collecting the rest of our group, transported us an hour and a half southeast of Antigua. In general, we don't usually book a lot of tours when we travel. While we could have easily made the drive ourselves and booked a guide onsite, but ultimately, we were happy going with this group. We met some really nice, like-minded travelers who were happy to share their adventure stories with us. The kids were so excited as we promised them we would make the trip on horseback. Truth be told, between my asthma and Rob's sore feet, there was no way we were going to make the ascent unassisted. It was expensive but so worth it to hear Birdie shreaking with delight every time her guide slapped her horse's rump to send him trotting on ahead of us. I think I see riding lessons in her future. She might be Mommy's little girl after all.

Volcano Pacaya

Volcano Pacaya

Volcano Pacaya

Volcano Pacaya

Volcano Pacaya

Volcano Pacaya

Volcano Pacaya

Volcano Pacaya

Volcano Pacaya

Volcano Pacaya

Volcano Pacaya

Volcano Pacaya

Volcano Pacaya

Volcano Pacaya

Volcano Pacaya

While the volcano is very active, rumbling and cracking ominously every few minutes, today we would see no hot lava flows. We found some thermals where hot air was pouring up from the hardened lava feilds but no luck with the red hot molten lava we were hoping for. We stayed for sunset and then carefully made our descent in the pitch dark, trusting our guides and surefooted horses to return us safely to our van and the rest of our group. It was a great day and an experience the kids will not soon forget.

 

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