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I'm planning on a two-month trip next year to Central America:  Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua.  One thing I have yet to see is an active volcano with red-hot lava flows.  For ye hikers who have been to CA, can you recommend a volcano or two -- preferably not too strenuous or too time consuming to reach (only got two months to spread among five countries)?  Thanks.

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While Pacaya in Guatemala fits your location and there's another in that country that's reasonably active, Santa Maria, the most reliable and spectacular flows I know of are in the United States. 1983 and counting....

A Kilauea night helicopter tour when the lava curtains are erupting is amazing and an  RHIB tour when the lava flows are, as they often do, pouring into the ocean in a spectacle of fire and steam is not to be missed.

http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/activity/kilaueastatus.php

http://www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/lava2.htm

If there's a geological monitoring program for Pacaya it may have activity updates. Or The Smithsonian's Global Volcanism Program might list their activity or others in that region....
http://www.volcano.si.edu

ETA: and they do, Fuego is active right how

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Fuego  | Guatemala  | 14.473°N, 90.88°W  | Elevation 3763 m

On 21 November INSIVUMEH reported that a recent Strombolian phase at Fuego decreased in intensity. Explosions generated ash plumes that rose 450 m and drifted W and SW. Ashfall was reported in Sangre de Cristo (8 km WSW). During 21-22 November explosions produced ash plumes that rose 450 m and drifted 7 km WNW, as well as loud rumbling sounds heard within 15 km. Lava flows were 300 m long in the Ceniza drainage (SSW). During 25-26 November ash plume from explosions rose 550 m and drifted 10 km W and SW."

So probably "watch this space" closer to and while you're on your trip. Few events are predictable very far out.
http://www.volcano.si.edu/reports_weekly.cfm#vn_342090
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Big Island.  Watched many flows over land and spills into the sea over the years I lived on Oahu.  Short jump and car rental.  

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Thanks, gentlemen.  WOW - I must go to Big Island!!!

You know, I've been in Honolulu International probably a dozen times, but have never ventured out....  :D


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For a treat search for "Kilauea fire curtains"

Life list experience.

ETA: yeah I think of Honolulu as the Yosemite Valley of the islands.
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Big Island.  Watched many flows over land and spills into the sea over the years I lived on Oahu.  Short jump and car rental.  

Though no guarantee.  When we were there in March 2012, the volcano didn't cooperate at all.

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Big Island.  Watched many flows over land and spills into the sea over the years I lived on Oahu.  Short jump and car rental.  

Though no guarantee.  When we were there in March 2012, the volcano didn't cooperate at all.

Same here, in January of 2012.  Just missed ya!

And the lava...I really wanted to see it going into the ocean.  

Sure had a fantastic tour flight though.
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I think I found my Central American volcano:  Pacaya, Guatemala...







Nice.  But yes, thanks to your input, The Big Island, Hawaii is now on my list of future trips as well.  :cool:


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When next year are you doing this trip?
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Mid-Jan to mid-Mar.

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I'm no help with CA, but will cast another vote for the big island - I was there back in June and it is pretty great! If I recall correctly, there is something like 11 of the 13 climate zones, so lots of variety in what to see or do (although not a lot of beaches if thats your thing).

Lava flowing over the cliffs into the ocean:


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Walking over lava that was flowing 20 mins. earlier:

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Oh man, I NEED to go to Hawaii!!!

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Ben- The lava flows in a National Park, so there must be something up that would tell you if the lava was flowing visibly.  I will search for a site, so you will not get there during a time when it is difficult to see.  The entire 5.5 years I lived on Oahu, it flowed constantly.  I was very lucky to get over there several times to see it.  

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lava hotline

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Bookmarked.  Thanks, ol-zeke!

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Ben - if at all possible, I would highly reccomend going to see the lava flows (in Hawaii or CA) in the late afternoon/evening. There is nothing like seeing the glow of the lava while surrounded by darkness. I Hawaii I started the hike out (guided) about 4pm, got to the lava flows about 6:30pm, spent an hour or so there and thenn began the journey back, finishing about 10pm. It was really cool in the dark!
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That's on my bucket list too Ben.  I know Stromboli erupts quite frequently.  I actually have an app on my phone that lists current active information.
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