Dec
20
2008

Hiking down into volcano

El Salvador certainly has more than it’s fair share of natural disasters between the earthquakes, eruptions, hurricanes, and mud slides. George and I hiked down into the bowl of a volcano (El Boquerón) that most recently erupted in 1917 – that’s the inner cone in the photos. The enormous bowl that it sits in was from the eruption in 1671. The crater is 1.6km wide and 558m deep. It was quite a hike. On the way down, we kept getting lost in the trails that locals use for their crops. On the way back up, we luckily we ran into a family whose father had brought rope, since there were several sections where the trail had given way to gravity and it would have been quite a struggle to get back up without the rope. This father had 11 of his children in tow. Good god!

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