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Cerro Quemado

Cerro Quemado
Cerro Quemado Sunset

Cerro Quemado

Cerro Quemado (whose name means Burned Peak), is an active volcano located immediately south of Quezaltenango (Xela). The latest eruption in 1818 produced a blocky 2.5-km-long lava flow.

The area is a place of great spiritual significance to many Guatemalans who go to the cracked lava field to pray and hold Mayan ceremonies. Hot springs are located on the northern and eastern flanks of Cerro Quemado, and the Zuníl geothermal field, the site of a geothermal power project, lies on the SE flank of Cerro Quemado.


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