Can we be traveling Guatemala after the eruption of the Fuego volcano? Often, people ask me that question. You can still travel to Guatemala perfectly, I answer. And, I hope you will come to this beautiful country soon to support the locals depending on tourism. Let me tell you about the eruption, and about the impact on Guatemalan people. Because I feel travelers need to realize, the impact is larger then you might think. And, to convince you not to postpone your visit.
The eruption of the Fuego volcano
It’s the 3th of June when the volcano the Fuego has its biggest eruption in 40 years. The Guatemalan people close to the volcano suffer most since many lose members of their family. Also, a lot of houses get ruined. A big blanket of grey ash covers everything in the wide environment of the Fuego. Worldwide, people see videos and images about this devastating volcano eruption.
Obviously, the days after the eruption are dreadful. People looking for missing relatives and friends. And, if the time passes, the hope to find them gets less. Thousands of people become homeless due to the eruption. This makes they now live in the shelters with nowhere to go to.
Yet, in this situation, you can tell the power of the Guatemalan community. It’s overwhelming to see how they rise in this severe times. Immediately, the Bomberos (firefighters) organize an impressive search and rescue operation. It saves lives since many people are trapped in houses and on rooftops.
From the first moment, people start collecting food, medicines, clothes and all the other stuff people need. Help comes in many ways. For example, the volunteers who are preparing food and serve it to the rescuers and the homeless. I am proud to see so many people helping each other.
Traveling Guatemala: yes!
The eruption may have a large effect on Guatemala since the country depends for a large part on tourism. If travelers cancel their visit to Guatemala, this another disaster to them. People are poor, and in need of the income, they derive from tourism.
I have seen lots of people asking about planned trips to Guatemala: What should we do; Can we still go? The answer is YES. The affected area is far enough away from the touristic places. Places like Antigua, Petén, Lago Atitlan, Rio Dulce, and the beach are in perfect condition. And, ready to receive all the people from all around the world with Guatemalan warmth. They are ready to show the beauty of this country and the strength and the power of the people here. They need us more than ever to rebuild everything that has been lost.
So, please come to Guatemala, and embrace all of its beauty. I am located in Antigua and more than happy to assist you with any questions or doubts.
About the author
Daniëlle lives in Antigua, a beautiful city with a rich history. In Antigua, she helps local families to earn their fair share of tourism. Being the local agent on behalf of ResiRest she selects and counsels local families. Travelers who like to meet these local families can join these families for lunch or dinner. In this way, as a traveler, you directly support the host family and have a great time together.
Find out more about ResiRest and traveling Guatemala right here.