Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Antigua Guatemala Volcanoes

Volcanoes Pacaya, Aqua, Fuego and Acatenango in Antigua


The volcanoes in Antigua provide adventure and amazing visitas in this popular UNESCO town...having been climbed and photographed an unknown number of times.

Pacaya is approx. 1 1/2 hours from Antigua is the country's, and Central America's, most popular volcano - Volcán Pacaya. Rising to 8,370 ft., Pacaya is in a near continuous state of eruption. Most ascents of Volcán Pacaya begin at San Francisco de Sales...

Although higher than Pacaya, the 12,333-ft. Volcán de Agua is actually an easier ascent. It's also decidedly less exciting, in large part because Volcán de Agua has been dormant since the mid-16th century. It's Spanish name traces back to 1541, when water and mudslides from the volcano wiped out...

Acatenango the tallest of the volcanoes around Antigua and the third tallest in Guatemala, Volcán Acatenango has two main peaks, Pico Mayor and Tres Marias. Pico Mayor is the taller of the two and peaks out at some 13,040 ft.....

Volcán Fuego, one of Central America's most active volcanoes, ascents never get very close to the crater and are completely dependent on current volcanic activity. Fuego's last significant eruption was as recent as 1974, producing spectacular pyroclastic flows...

There are numerous tour companies in Antigua that provide guided tours to the volcanoes, some offering overnight stays and spa package after the descent.

Volcanoes Pacaya, Aqua, Fuego and Acatenango