Volcan de Agua, Antigua

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Volcán de Agua is a stratovolcano located in the department of Sacatepéquez in Guatemala. At, Agua Volcano towers more than above the Pacific coastal plain to the south and above the Guatemalan Highlands to the north. It dominates the local landscape except when hidden by cloud cover. The volcano is within of the city of Antigua Guatemala and several other large towns situated on its northern apron. These towns have a combined population of nearly 100,000. It is within about 20 km of Escuintla to the south. Coffee is grown on the volcano's lower slopes.Brief description and historyThe local Kaqchikel people have always called the volcano Hunapú "place of flowers" or Jun Ajpu' "one hunter (The calendar date for the sacred site; a typical method for naming sacred sites in Mayan cosmovision)" in current Kaqchikel orthography. The Spanish conquistadors also called it Hunapú until a lahar from the volcano in 1541 destroyed the original capital of Guatemala (now known as Ciudad Vieja) and the city was moved to the current site of Antigua Guatemala following this disaster. Among the casualties was the governor Beatriz de la Cueva. As the lahar produced a destructive flood of water, this prompted the modern name "Volcán de Agua" meaning "Volcano of Water", in contrast to the nearby "Volcán de Fuego" or "Volcano of Fire". The Kaqchikels call Volcan de Fuego Chi Gag, which translates to "where the fire is" or Chi Q'aq' in current Kaqchikel orthography.
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  • There is a great view of Volcan de Agua from Arco de Santa Catalina early in the morning. You actually can take great photos with the arch framing the Volcano. It's a popular painting to buy in Antigu...  more »
  • This trip, I didn't have time to do any climbing. I have three volcanoes on three different continents. Sometimes she was shy, but we saw her most days standing over us indifferent to what we were doi...  more »
  • On clear days, get the best views from the tops of buildings. Volcano is impressive, and spookily close to the town.  more »