Guatemala's fiery Volcán de Fuego

Guatemala's fiery Volcán de Fuego

So you’ve trekked through Iceland and seen the aurora borealis. You’ve even braved the cold and hiked the Dolomites. But have you slept overlooking an active volcano?

Volcán de Fuego (Spanish for Volcano of Fire) is one of Central America’s most active volcanoes, with more than 60 eruptions since the Spanish conquest. In fact, the most recent eruption was last November when 4,000 people were evacuated from nearby communities. This was following a catastrophic eruption just five months prior where nearly 200 people died in an eruption that shocked the world.

This Guatemalan volcano is just 10 miles west of Antigua and rises 12,300 feet in the air, and while deadly and a constant threat and force of destruction in the communities below, Volcán de Fuego is also a beautiful reminder of Mother Nature’s handiwork.

World traveller and Instagramer le_migou has seen the beauty of this roaring volcano. Not from afar in nearby Antigua (where you can see eruptions on clear days), but from a camp on the side of another volcano, Acatenango.

Yup, it’s actually possible to hike to the summit of sister volcano Acatenango and watch Fuego in all her blazing glory. This volcano rises 13,000 feet and offers one of the best views for seeing Fuego eruptions, but is also at a safe enough distance. Though beware: while Acatenango might seem like a walk in the park, this volcano is demanding and takes hikers through four distinct ecosystems and up to an elevation where high altitude sickness is common.

We’re in awe of le_migou’s snaps of Fuego spewing out fiery lava in the dead of night. If this isn’t a bucket list experience, what is?

Written by Rachel Ruiz; All Photos by le_migou.

Le_migou is traveling the world! Follow him on Instagram and Vimeo to see more sensational snaps and video of his travels.

Want to hike an unforgettable journey? Trek Guatemala offers Acatenango Volcano Overnight Hikes that include multilingual hiking guides, roundtrip transportation from Antigua, park entrance fees, meals, tents, and trekking poles (basically everything but cozy clothes and a hiking backpack). Don’t forget that camera!

Rachel Ruiz-Oakley is the Managing Editor of Slide Night.