South America Blog

   This is the journey I have always dreamed of,  to ride my motorcycle across the Americas. 

   Follow me as I travel south from Texas to the tip of South America on my BMW GS.   

    Here's a view of the  Map 

Land of Many Volcanoes

Guatemala is a country with perfectly shaped volcanoes.  Six of 38 are currently active. 

I spent my first night in the village of Panajachel, located on the shores of Lago Atilan.  Lago Atilan is a beautiful lake surrounded by three volcanoes: Tomliman, Atitlan, and San Pedro.

From Panajachel I moved on to Antigua, a colonial town much like San Miguel de Allende in Mexico.  Antiqua is also surrounded by volcanoes.  Fuego and Pacaya are active ones.  I decided to join a tour of the volcano, Pacaya.  I was hoping to see a real active lava flow.  I had no such luck.  The tour group I was with climbed to 2300 meters and at that elevation we did see a few hot vents.  The guide demonstrated the hot temperature generated by the volcano.  He placed a tree branch atop one of the hot vents, and in a mater of seconds the branch burst into flames.

While taking a late night stroll around Antigua, I happened to look up at Pacaya and could see lava stream down one side of the volcano.    

Javier from Mexico

Hot vents of the volcano

Government building of Antiqua