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Pacaya Volcan

by boltonian

Hi

I am hoping to visit in July.

Does anyone know the current state of lava flows?
How likely is it to see the lava?

I have been to many volcanoes (Including active Arenal in Costa Rica) but not seen the lava and if I can't see it here, I will not go to Guatemala.

Anyone help?

Re: Pacaya Volcan

by gfinesilver

you get to see the lava up close an personal. shoe-burning close.

Re: Pacaya Volcan

by boltonian

Hi

I know that, I have seent he tours etc.

What I was trying to find out is how likely the flow is. I heard that some days it is virtually non existant and that the lava streams are hard to reach in wet season.

Do I take a chance, or go to Vanuatu (further and more expensive) but more reliable lava?

Thanks for the reply anyway

Re: Pacaya Volcan

by gfinesilver

i will ask my colleagues who have brought their groups up there recently and ask how the flows are.

Re: Pacaya Volcan

by boltonian

Thank you, much appreciated

Re: Pacaya Volcan

by danieldiaz007

Two years ago I went to volcan pacaya in mid june, LIVE LAVA WAS ON THE PROWL.......


http://picasaweb.google.com/danieldiaz007/Guatemala#5080971086299386578

Re: Pacaya Volcan

by boltonian

Thanks.

I think it will be a gamble, but I have taken my chances and booked the trip. Fingers crossed

Travel Tips for Antigua Guatemala

go dancing salsa and meringue...

by marcopolo1

go dancing salsa and meringue in all the bars, check out architecture, watching the mayan children learning to balance headbaskets (notice the very slightest head movement to keep basket balanced--not noticeable in adults)

The Palacio de los capitanes...

by la_beba

The Palacio de los capitanes generales or Capitanía General it's an impotent work of art from the XVI Century and it was home for governors of Guatemala. It has an amazing gallery and its wide arches show all of its colonial architectural value. It resisted both the earthquakes, though it was necessary to reinforce its structure. Nowadays it's place of administrative and government offices.

Buen provecho

by IngaRita

Buen provecho is what you say for like bon appetite. The family that I stayed with said it after the meal, someone would get up and say gracias and everyone else would say buen provencho! You can also say it if you are telling someone to have a good lunch or something like that.

dress for hot AND cold!

by xpythias

It's plenty warm during the day, but bring a light rain coat for october.. it can be misty and foggy. Also a light jacket, as it gets cool at night. Wear solid soled shoes, the streets are all cobblestones.

Antiguo Colegio de la Compañía de Jesús

by AnnaLupilla

En 1582 se funda el Colegio de la Compañía de Jesús , situado en un lugar céntrico de Santiago de los Caballeros de Ghoatemala, actual ciudad de Antigua.

La manzana jesuítica comprendía tres claustros y un templo, en el que vivían alrededor de doce Jesuitas. La función principal del Colegio era la docencia y contaba con amplias salas, biblioteca, aulas y habitaciones. Adquirió gran importancia como centro cultural y de estudios durante los años que permaneció abierto. En él se impartieron las materias de filología, filosofía y retórica.

En 1767 se expulsa a todos los Jesuitas de las tierras de España y el Colegio queda deshabitado.

El terremoto de Santa Marta del año 1773 lo destruyó parcialmente.

Aprovechando la estructura del edificio, cien años más tarde, en 1865 se destinó a la fábrica de textiles y posteriormente a escuela hasta comienzos del siglo XX.

En 1872 las posesiones de los Jesuitas pasaron al Estado y el edificio comenzó a utilizarse como mercado público, en 1912, uso que perduró hasta el terremoto del año 1976. Este terremoto dañó gravemente las estructuras, afectando a sus muros y bóvedas, de ahí, que las autoridades responsables trasladaran el mercado al lugar que ocupa en la actualidad.

Classical concerts are supposed to happen here.

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