We drove past the Volcano Del Fuego (Volcano of Fire) on our way into and out of Antigua de Guatemala on our trip. This is a picture that I took on our way out of town, Del Fuego is on the left as we departed the city (we were headed southwest), they were twin peaks, and both were smoking:
I think the pictures in this article (see 2nd pic from right) are taken from basically the same vantage point, on exit from Antigua which connects to the main highway that goes to Esqulinta and then to Guatemala City. Antigua is without a doubt one of the most charming places I’ve ever been….a fabulous colonial city that was flattened (by an earthquake, go figure) in the early 1700′s. If you ever get the chance to go there, it can’t be beat. Super friendly people, great architecture, fabulous climate, and cheap accommodations.
There’s been quite a bit of seismic activity in the region of late, there was a big earthquake (7.1) in Costa Rica a few weeks ago, and another volcano just north of Managua, Nicaragua erupted last week. It is a beautiful land, but hearing this news reminds me that Mother Nature is much bigger than any of us.
~ Blonde Gator