• Laura Bachmann

Antigua’s La Horqueta Volcano Complex



Acatenango, Guatemala’s 3rd largest volcano, and Volcán de Fuego (Fire Volcano), the world’s most active volcano, combine to create Guatemala’s volcano complex known as La Horqueta. The twin volcanoes are located perpendicular to the Central American Volcanic Arc and very close to the city of Antigua.

The, over 13,000 ft. dormant Stratovolcano, Acatenango, hosts one of the best views of the near by active Volcán de Fuego and far reaching views of Mexico and El Salvador from atop the crater. Considered to be safe to ascend, those looking for an adventurous way to enjoy the neighboring activity of the Fire Volcano can even spend the night camping near the crater.

Volcán de Fuego is an active Stratovolcano with Strombolian activity and occasional intense lava fountaining, which produce large ash plumes and pyroclastic flow. Known as the Fire Volcano in English, Fuego is the world’s most active volcano, releasing steam and gas about every fifteen minutes, everyday, with some larger periodic eruptions. Located near Antigua, the volcano can be seen emitting its timely steam and gas, and its occasional eruptions from the city.


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