Sunday, September 6, 2015

Antigua Volcanoes

La Antigua Volcanoes Pacaya, Aqua, Fuego & Acatenango


There are many volcanoes near Antigua and are popular destinations for day hikes and over-night hikes. Most of the accommodations in Antigua can arrange for you to go on a overnight or sign-up for a day tour - make sure to come prepared with closed-toe hiking shoes/boots; plenty of water, a warm sweatshirt and appropriate rain gear.
Pacaya is about an hour-and-a-half 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 hikes of Volcán Pacaya begin at San Francisco de Sales, where you must pay a national park entrance fee. From the hike is about an hour-and-a-half to the base of the crater's rim, where the steep hiking trail gives way to a solid slope of loose debris made of lava rocks and ash. This final stretch ...

Aqua
is higher than Pacaya, but the 12,333 ft Volcán de Agua is an easier ascent and less exciting, in large part because Valcano 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 Guatemala's then-capital city...

Acatenango is 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. Tres Marias, or Tres Hermanas, rises to 12,730 ft. Acatenango is a dormant volcano, though it does have several small craters spewing sulfur gases. Acatenango is very close to Volcán Fuego...

Fuego is 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 flow...

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Day-tours and overnight hikes to volcanoes