Finding interesting activities to keep you busy is not hard in Antigua. People are constantly handing out flyers on the street for the various travel agencies they work for with deals for attractions. One such attraction was a fairly cheap tour to the volcano, Pacaya, for about $7 roundtrip, and of course it sounded exactly like a good idea to climb an active, constantly erupting, volcano!
Back in the hostel, Matt, who recently did the trek, told me about jumping over lava streams and witnessing rock break away as lava poured down the side of the mountain. He recommended to wear good shoes so they won’t melt as easy. What the?! Funny thing is, he was absolutely telling the truth!
Once you get to the top, you are walking on uneven, breaking lava rocks, some of which are still warm. The really bad part is that in the cracks and crevices between rocks remain smoldering. I think the hike up really kicked my butt and I only made it halfway across the lava rocks before I thought it would be a good idea to turn around. I just kept getting this vision in my head of me falling into the cracks and a) breaking knee, ankle, wrist or b) burning myself.
When you get an eerie feeling about something, its usually best to trust your gut. And, honestly, I still got a great view of the lava from where I was at. I’ll take it!
Overall, it was awesome… and a little crazy! I can’t believe everyone here is so cool with being so close to danger. You would NEVER be able to do that in the states.