Volcan de Pacaya is Guatemala’s most active volcano and one of its major tourist destination. The ascent can be done by foot or on horseback and so it is very popular with families and overweight tourists that would probably never make the ascent otherwise.
What you see in this picture is a place called “Lava Store”. Some artists make jewellery out of lava and sell it as souvenirs. The shack is built on the slope of a former caldera that got filled up by a lava flow at the 2006 eruption. I think it is really interesting to see that the lava missed the store by a couple of centimetres and to know that under the black lava crust, on the bottom left corner, there is still hot, molten lava. The caldera of Volcan de Pacaya was over 200 meters deep and it will take a long time, many years or even decades, for the lava to cool down. Today, it is still possible to roast marshmallows with the heat that steams out from below.
Just a thought: Would it be possible to pour Lava into a mould and to create decorative objects that way?