Pacaya Volcano – Gathering Lava Rock & Toasting Marshmallows
Anyone up for a hike up an active volcano? It had been a while since my last trip up the ever-changing landscape of Pacaya Volcano. It was a long weekend, I needed more lava rock for our delicious scrubs, and it was a fantastic opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family, so off we went.
Pacaya is one of the active volcanoes that surround Antigua and Guatemala City. It is emblematic of all that Tierra & Lava is. I find something so magical yet grounding about being on such a powerful force of nature. There are even the Jaboncillo (Phytolacca Americana) plants growing through the lava rock that I am itching to experiment with.
Toasting Marshmallows with Lava Heat
There is no liquid magma at the moment, but with a local community guide, you can walk over the cold lava to find the lava ‘ovens’ which are like hot spots. Here you feel the intense heat from within and below the volcano. These are great for toasting marshmallows on sticks.
The terrain is breath-taking at the top. You can see tendrils of smoke making their way into the sky from the constant eruptions. The smell of sulphur surrounds you. Life thrives – vegetation is all around, the green a stark contrast against the black.
This lava is rich in skincare minerals such as magnesium, iron, sulphur amounts others. These draw out toxins, tone and even disinfect the skin. Lava is believed by some cultures to have beneficial cosmic energy. The pre-Aztec Pyramid of the Sun outside of New Mexico is built from volcanic rock as it the Rosetta Stone.