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Pacaya Volcano

November 25, 2018  —  Guatemala 2
Volcán de Pacaya - Guatemala

Guatemala is a nice place to explore volcanoes, some of which are active. However, since I travel with a motorbike, I don't have any backpack and my equipment is not the most lightweight around.

I climbed the Pacaya Volcano with the motorbike equipment I had; an expedition duffle bag on my back and the camera over my shoulder. Fortunately, the climb was only 90 minutes because it was quite tiring for the arms to carry the bag as shown on the photo...

Volcán de Pacaya - Guatemala
My camping spot.

During the climb, I was permanently in the clouds, and I didn't know where I was exactly. I didn't know where the best spot to camp was. Thus, when I saw this wide location on the trail, I decided to set up the tent there and to wait for the clouds to disappear.

Volcán de Pacaya - Guatemala
Lava field at the foot of the volcano.

This lava field is relatively new on the volcano, and it's possible to feel the heat from under the rocks. Steam rises from between the rocks.

Volcán de Pacaya - Guatemala
Steam due to the heat.
Volcán de Pacaya - Guatemala
Cloud parted a few minutes after sunset.
Volcán de Pacaya - Guatemala
The next day, before sunrise.
Volcán de Pacaya - Guatemala
Volcán de Pacaya - Guatemala
At night, the lava is easily seen. Explosions can be heard as well as the crumbling of the lava along the volcano's wall. It's a fantastic experience.
Volcán de Pacaya - Guatemala
Not bad for a campsite!
Volcán de Pacaya - Guatemala
At dawn, view on Fuego, Acatenango and Agua Volcanoes (left to right).
Volcán de Pacaya - Guatemala
Volcán de Pacaya - Guatemala

Before going down the volcano, I explored the lava field. One can feel the heat coming from between the rocks. Digging down through the stones, one can notice that the rocks are still hot.

Volcán de Pacaya - Guatemala
Volcán de Pacaya - Guatemala
Volcán de Pacaya - Guatemala
Volcán de Pacaya - Guatemala
Volcán de Pacaya - Guatemala
Lava field.