Monday, July 06, 2009
Amy and I had both decided that hiking the Pacaya Volcano was on our Must Do list. So, after the education delegation ended, and people started going their separate ways, we booked our tour. It was an hour and a half bus trip away. On the way up, we could see Volcan Agua, Volcan Acatenango, and the active Volcan Fuego. Our guide only spoke Spanish, but I was able to understand most of what he said. Once we got out of the trees it got tougher-and HOTTER. Carlos told us that there was lava flowing under the hardened lava we were walking on! The way we could feel the heat coming up through the ground was crazy. The rocks were sharp and really crumbly underfoot-sometimes they broke while we walked on them.
After a while of this, we finally saw what we had been promised: LAVA! Picture-taking and marshmallow-roasting (seriously) ensued! But did I mention it was HOT? We had to run up, pose, and run back as soon as the picture was taken! The creepiest thing was that when your back was to the lava, you could actually hear it moving, and chunks falling off, behind you! I have been trying to upload a video, but no luck thus far. It is definitely one of the neatest things I have ever seen.