Pacaya (volcano) – located an hour (46 km) south of the capital, this is an active
volcano that has erupted 26 times since the beginning of Spanish colonial rule in the
country. At a height of 2,552 meters, its attracts its share of international hikers and
other eco-tourists, due to its relative proximity to the capital and Antigua. In recent
years, the eruptions from this volcano have been minor (spewing only small amounts of
ash—just enough to make the rocks hot enough to toast marshmallows on).