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Santa Maria

Location: Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

Altitude: 9,000-10,000 ft.

Group morale: Off the charts


Friday morning we got up before the sun in the hopes that we would see a volcano erupt. What? Yeah, you read that right, we kind of felt the same way.

After only a few minutes up the trail we could see Xela from above, even though it was covered in the usual morning¬†fog. We made it up the mountain in about two hours and about five minutes after our arrival Santa Maria erupted. Santa Maria erupts about 20 times a day, but you never know when it will happen so the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. I don’t think any of us had seen something so crazy, powerful, beautiful and awesome (or as similar to how our heads have felt). And then as if the view of Guatemala from the top of the mountain wasn’t enough, she erupted again. Okay, that’s it, I’m done talking about how awesome the volcano was.

Get on our level (10,000 ft.).