This baby brother of the Santa Maria Volcano is one of Guatemala’s newest and most active volcanic creations. In 1920 an enormous eruption rocked Santa Maria blowing off the southern side of the mountain. The volcanic cone has been growing ever since with regular eruptions that shake the nearby town of Qetzaltenango as often as every 20 minutes.
Santiaguito is considered one of Guatmala’s toughest volcanoes to reach – and even tougher to bike – not recommended!
The eruption of Santa María Volcano in 1902 was one of the three largest eruptions of the 20th century. It is also one of the five biggest eruptions of the past 200 (and most likely 300) years. Thankfully, Santiaguito faces away from Guatemala’s second-largest city. But that doesn’t mean you can get close enough for a look at this baby monster by bike.