Okay i'm far far behind with my travel blog and i will write about it at a later time,
but I've been lucky to witness a major volcanic eruption 2 days ago in Guatemala and thought i should share.
In Guatemala you got the very active Fuego volcano and in close distance (~2.5km) there is the dormant Acatenango Volcano that can be climbed and has a few camp spots around it.
It was a climb that i wanted to do since almost two weeks but i kept delaying it for various reasons.
With a fellow biker Phil from Switzerland i had planned to start the 1h ride to the start of the track at 8am on Friday.
6am this very morning I woke up, running nose, sore throat, i was close to cancel it again, glad i didn't...
We arrived at the campsite around 3pm, it took us 5 hours to get up on the steep and demanding track.
The volcano was already very active but in the daytime the glowing yellow of the lava is not visible.
After a rather long sit-down we started to prepare our cameras, collected wood and set up the tent.
To our surprise we were the only ones at that campspot, we met a group on the way up but they must have went to another site
Collecting firewood, it gets cold at night, i think about 5 degrees. Just a month ago 6 people died of hypothermia when they were surprised by a cold weather front (i also felt that when i was in Yukatan, Mexico).
It started to get darker and with every minute the color of the lava got more intense.
This night we were about to see one of the rather rare "big eruptions", the ones that show up in newspapers, i let the pictures speak from now:
A bonfire, a lid-up tent, a shooting star and an erupting volcano, could not ask for more...
It kept intensifying all night, at some point the lava shot out up to ~300m high.
View out of the tent, 5am.
Waking up with this view? Simply the most amazing thing i have experienced on this trip.
This is the view to the right, not bad either, plenty more volcanoes (inactive though).
A little video of eruptions that kept on going all night:
Funny enough a German online magazine picked up the story and used my video:
Still can't believe my luck...