Guatemala tour Dec 2015: Cerro Quemado

Cerro Quemado (="Burned Peak"), is the youngest of several vents of the Almolonga volcanic complex. Its last eruption in 1818 produced an extensive field of block lava and a complex dome. Located immediately south of Quezaltenango and beautifully vegetated by pine forest, it is a popular half-day excursion from the city.
Climbing towards the 1818 lava dome is relatively steep, but easy. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Climbing towards the 1818 lava dome is relatively steep, but easy. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Pine trees have grown between the large blocks of the 1818 dacite lava. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Pine trees have grown between the large blocks of the 1818 dacite lava. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Lava spines from the extrusive eruption still stand tall; Xela (Queetzaltenango) town in the background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lava spines from the extrusive eruption still stand tall; Xela (Queetzaltenango) town in the backgro... [info]
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Parts of the still fresh looking 1818 block lava flow. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Parts of the still fresh looking 1818 block lava flow. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Part of the 1818 lava dome complex of Cerro Quemado. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Part of the 1818 lava dome complex of Cerro Quemado. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Spines from the lava dome of Cerro Quemado. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Spines from the lava dome of Cerro Quemado. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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View towards the breached summit of the Cerro Quemado dome. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View towards the breached summit of the Cerro Quemado dome. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Part of the 1818 lava dome. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Part of the 1818 lava dome. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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