|Santa Catalina Arch|
|Volcan de Agua from Cerro de la Cruzl|
|Typical Calle in Antigua|
|Museo del Hermano Pedro|
|Nick, Richard and Chris - Christmas day vodka's|
|Volcan Agua and Fuego smoking in background|
Our final day in Antigua and we are walking up Pacaya. A volcano about an hour away on a bus. We are doing it with a group because its just easier to get there than the convoluted buses and the cost is only 6.5 pounds anyway. So the walk up is pretty steep on a dusty slope that winds through trees and is shared by pack pony's taking the less able or inclined up to the top. The route is straightforward so the guide is not really needed but he does come in useful at the end when we needed to find our bus again. Once we cleared the trees and arrive on a flat plain and the clouds that had swathed us in white mist going up are suddenly being whipped away. Tantalising glimpses of peaks and valleys soon become clear vistas of extraordinary beauty. Guatemala has certainly got it going on. From our peak we can see Volcan de Fuego smouldering away and sending smoke up. We can see two or three other volcanoes from our view point and in the other direction Lago Amatitlan glitters blue and lovely below us.
We have bought marshmallows with us to cook over the hot air vents that have opened up in the larva fields around us. Its cool and being as we have a big bag that Nick White was in charge of everyone in our group end up have Marshmallows to eat.
|On the Pacaya lava field|