Guatemala Volcano Eruption
I climbed the Santa Maria Volcano outside of Quetzaltenango in Guatemala last summer. The nice lady at the hotel who unlocked the doors at 5:00 was concerned. She told me that a Canadian was robbed there the week before. I took the little flash disk out of the camera and put it in a hidden pocket.
After three or four hours straight up, I spent an hour on the summit. Santa Maria is extinct but right below it is very active Santiaguito. I saw it erupt five times. The noise was massive and toxic smoke blew close.
The video is of one of the smaller ones:
Way off in the distance is the Pacific Ocean. To the left and right are the line of volcanoes that crosses southern Guatemala. I could see the group around Lake Atitlan. One far beyond was smoking. It must have been Fuego, by Antigua.
I only had a few days to spend in Xela (Quetzaltenango). I climbed alone because the year before I’d gone with a hiking club from Guatemala City in the pouring rain and saw nothing but clouds. I needed to get back up there, and now I knew the route.