The Acatenango and Fuego volcanoes

Last Sunday I read the news with title: “Guatemala volcano: Fuego eruption and ash showers towns”. Among many villages, showered with volcanic ash, was also a beautiful town called Antigua Guatemala, located 20 km NE of the Fuego volcano. Antigua Guatemala, old Guatemala’s capital, is situated in a valley surrounded by volcanoes Agua, Fuego and Acatenango. I visited Antigua Guatemala in spring 2010. Antigua Guatemala is a charming colonial town known for its excellent schools of Spanish language and magnificent Eastern processions those occupy the cobbled streets in the time of Lent (Cuaresma) and Holly Week (Semana Santa). Due to the favorable climate, rich volcanic soil and perfect altitude, Antigua’s coffee, which is grown on plantations planted on the slopes of surrounding volcanoes, are considered to be one of the best in the world. During my one month long stay in Antigua Guatemala, I trekked the volcano Acatenango. From the village Soledad we climbed around 1.400 meters. We spent the night in tents in a carter of Acatenango volcano on the altitude of 3.976 m and admired Fuego volcano (3.763 m), which occasionally puffed clouds of smoke and shook a terrain, just 3 km away…
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