We were enjoying live music in a little bar in Antigua when all of a sudden the bartender told us to go outside. We were wondering why, but politely followed his instructions. What followed was the most wonderful thing I had ever seen. In the distance lava was flowing from the Fuego (fire) volcano! We knew there are quite a lot of volcanoes in this region of Guatemala and we also heard that one of them was an active one. What we didn’t know was that it would be active that night and that we would have the chance to witness an eruption. We were very lucky as it was rainy season and mostly clouded in the late afternoon and night. I brought my camera with telephoto lens to the bar (why not?) and was able to get this shot.*

* I was in Guatemala in July 2017. I’m very aware of the fact that the eruption of the Fuego volcano in 2018 took the lives of many as they had no chance to escape from the villages and farmlands on the flanks of Fuego. It shows how volcanoes can be majestic beauties, but also very deadly. For me as a tourist it’s easy to say that the eruption of Fuego was one of the greatest experiences during the trip, this is the luxury of being able to visit a place like this and not living there and working of the fertile lands to make a living.

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