After Lago de Atitlan, we returned to Antigua for our last couple days in Guatemala. Stephen and Max decided to take advantage of a free day by hiking Volcan Pacaya, one of Guatemala’s most active volcanos.
The van that brought us there took us over halfway up the volcano to a dirt trail lined with greenery.
On the way up, we stopped at a spot where an opening in the vegetation revealed a great view of another nearby volcano, Volcan Agua.
After about an hour and a half on the trail, we reached the summit, where we looked across the steamy caldera and traversed the lava rock from the most recent eruption, a large, violent one in 1965.
The view from the top was spectacular, as we could see Antigua far in the distance and a lake formed from an old volcanic crater.
After taking in the view, we headed down into a field of petrified lava, which was still rather warm in some spots.
As we made our way to the hotter part of the lava field, we were told it was called “the kitchen,” where the thermal activity is concentrated enough in certain spots that the locals cook their food there.
Our guide surprised us with marshmallows and cookies, and Stephen and Max had delicious s’mores at 9:30 in the morning.