Camping On Erupting Volcano Santiaguito In Guatemala

Volcano Santa Maria Guatemala

Volcano Santa Maria

Xela, Guatemala

Guatemala’s active volcano Santiaguito erupts with an explosion of hot ash rocks every few hours. We decided to go camping on it.

First, let me tell you a little bit about the volcano. Santiaguito Crater is a lava dome that is part of the much larger Santa Maria Volcano.

The 12,375 ft. Santa Maria violently exploded in 1902, blowing off the whole Southern side, resulting in one of the biggest eruptions of the 20th century.

Ash from the eruption was detected 2500 miles away in San Francisco, CA.

In my photo of Santa Maria above, you can see the results from the 1902 explosion. Half the mountain is gone.

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