Pacaya Volcano

Antigua Travel Blog

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just some shots of signs i took along the way

I'd woke up sunday morning (ish) feeling pretty rested. My friday and saturday were spent partying and checking out the sights and sounds of Guatemala City. Now its time to see the rest of the country has to offer.

First stop is Antigua. My host told me shuttles to Antigua were available at the airport. I called the taxi driver from friday to give me a ride. When offered (for a small nominal fee) to drive me to Antigua. I accepted. About 40 minutes later we were in Antigua. First stop on my list of hotels is(was) meson panza verde. It was really nice. Kinda expensive for my taste but I got it anyway. They lured me in by giving me free upgrade to a suite. The suites are really nice.

wanted to see if i could find my way if i ended driving (on a return trip maybe)
I just fell in love with the bathroom. The tub was big enough to (intimately) fit 3.

Once I get situated I asked the desk clerk if she could set up an afternoon tour. She made a few calls and got a spot for me going to pacaya volcano. I had a couple hours to spare so I walked around town. cobblestones everywhere. For sure not the place to wear high heels (for the ladies). After awhile my feet even felt a little un easy in sandals. Tennis shoes worked best for me.

Made it back to the hotel to make catch my ride to the volcano. First was 20-30 minutes (ish) to an old gravel road. The curvy, gravel orad took us up into the mountains. We passed lots of very obviously low income "homes". Most looked like they didnt have electricity. Just a really poor area.

Coming back down this road in the black of night is really going to suck. Thats all I could think of. I'm sure it was the officer in me coming out. Anyway, 40 minutes on this road to our staging area outside a store. We spent a few minutes using the restroom and buying snacks and supplies. A couple guys were there offering "taxi" (horses) rides. Once we got going it seemed like we immediately staretd going straight up. We hadnt been hiking 5 minutes yet when two guys in the group jumped on the taxi. Doesnt mean the taxi dude keep working on me. 30 minutes later he still in my ear, "come on take a taxi. its a long way to go my friend". Oh for sure, I was back to back marathon tired. That little snott hadnt broken a sweat. Anyway, I was going to prove to myself (and him) that i could make it.
Like 5 minutes later we'd gotten to a point where the horses couldnt go any farther and everyone had to walk. Taxi dude just smiled at me.  Little snott.

When I got my first look at the lava. I was thinking, oh cool. Our group tried to make over to the lava vent. We had to climb/walk over the barely hardened stuff. Thats when the heat kicked in. Then I was thinking, "heck am i doing on this active volcano?" lol It'd started to drizzle some. You could hear the water cooking off as it hit the ground. Was like being in a frying pan. I recommend you wear proper hiking shoes. sandals wont do. I saw more than one shoe soles just laying around. Not sure how they made it with no shoes. The lava hardens with lots of jagged edges/points. Passed a group that was on its way back.

Three people in that group had pretty nice leg cuts.

Near the lava vents we all took pictures and videos. It seemed like we were on another planet. I may have moaned (to myself) about the long azz hike up but it turned out to be well worth it. We hung out about 20 mintues or so and headed back. Darkness came really quick. A few of us bought flash lights at the staging area. We spread out in the group so every 2nd or 3rd person had one. Buy a light. Without it, its "PITCH" black.

Back at the staging area and van two police officers were waiting for us. My earlier concerns about the safety of the area proved correct. They said it can be dangerous at nighttime. They rode in the van with us to the bottom of the mountain at the paved road. Guess its a standard thing.

Back in my room, I ran the bath as hot as I could stand it. Lit the candles, played some music and poured a drink. AHHHHH!!! so relaxing. Didnt wanna drown so I went ahead to bed. Think I may have been sleep before my head hit the pillow.

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just some shots of signs i took al…
just some shots of signs i took a…
wanted to see if i could find my w…
wanted to see if i could find my …
my suite
my suite
bathroom ceiling
bathroom ceiling
hamcock outside my room
hamcock outside my room
pretty church that was holding ser…
pretty church that was holding se…
the whole is covered with these co…
the whole is covered with these c…
antigua main plaza
antigua main plaza
some store that had all kinds of n…
some store that had all kinds of …
another pretty church
another pretty church
nice!
nice!
hiking
hiking
trying to take pictures and about …
trying to take pictures and about…
if you dont wanna walk. take a tax…
if you dont wanna walk. take a ta…
seems like were up pretty high
seems like we're up pretty high
thare she blows!
thare she blows!
hold up. is that lava?!
hold up. is that lava?!
after such a long hike i was tired…
after such a long hike i was tire…
crossing the abyss
crossing the abyss
they called it rock surfing
they called it rock surfing
dog just hanging out like it wasnt…
dog just hanging out like it wasn…
this hot lava
this hot lava
yea its real lava alright
yea its real lava alright
lemme see if i can pick some up
lemme see if i can pick some up
darn almost had it
darn almost had it
victory! lava on a stick
victory! lava on a stick
toasting marshmellows
toasting marshmellows
seemed almost like we were on anot…
seemed almost like we were on ano…
bye bye volcano
bye bye volcano
get food and then
get food and then
long HOT bath and a drink...aaahhh…
long HOT bath and a drink...aaahh…
Antigua
photo by: monky