The Pacaya Volcano is an active complex volcano in Guatemala which first erupted 23,000 years ago and, although continuously active, has had 23 major eruptions since the Spanish invasion of Guatemala. Pacaya rises to an elevation of 2,552 meters (8,373 feet). After being dormant for 70 years, it began erupting vigorously in 1961 and has been erupting frequently since then. Much of its activity is Strombolian, but occasional Plinian eruptions also occur, sometimes showering the nearby departments with ash.
Pacaya is a popular tourist attraction. It is located 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of Guatemala City "as the crow flies" and it is close to Antigua. The volcano sits inside the Escuintla department.
The last major eruption occurred on Mar 2, 2014, causing ash to rain down on Guatemala City, Antigua and Escuintla.
The Pacaya Volcano National Park is open from 7 a.m. till 5 p.m. daily. The entrance fee is Q.50 (about $7) foreigners and Q.20 nationals, Q.10 Guatemalan students. Each group of from 1-15 persons will need to pay Q.200 for a park tour guide. Arrangements can be made with park tour guides for night hikes up to the lava flows, usually for Q.300-350. Horseback tours can be arranged as well for Q.100 one way (up!) or Q.200 round trip.
The Calderas Lagoon ….blah blah blah
The Calderas Lagoon Is located one mile from Rancho Pacaya. It is a popular weekend destination for local tourism and offers swimming, kayaking and ziplining.