I hiked up Volcan Pacoya today. It was absolutely amazing. I got to within about 5 metres from piping hot magma. Needless to say, it was really freakin hot. It was less scary than I had anticipated though. As you walk on the volcanic rock the lava is sometimes very close to the surface. Our guide threw some sticks down and they caught fire. I was glad I was not as flammable as a stick. I toasted a marshmallow on some lava that was close to the surface. I have to say it was the tastiest marshmallow Ive ever eaten.
To get to the volcano we went through a very small and (it seemed) povertystricken village. As we parked the bus some small children ran up with hiking sticks trying to sell them for 5 quetzals. After we came down from the volcano and were eating snacks they also kept asking us for them. It was incredibly humbling.
I also went to the market today and bought some strawberries. They were incredibly tasty and less than a dollar for a pound.