As per our first update on the Fuego Volcano in Guatemala that erupted the pyroclastic flow of lava on Sunday June 3rd. There was a small eruption on Tuesday June 5th reported from the same volcano. The precautions were in place, authorities were able to get civilians and relief efforts into safety.
As of today, the volcano is back to "normal" and has kept its regular small ash/steam eruptions, as any other day. Local expert authorities are monitoring the volcano, keeping all civilians safe and well informed.
Aurora International Airport reopened on Monday afternoon, and since then has been operating back to normal. All travel destinations in Guatemala are open and ready for more travelers. We will still avoid the area of Fuego & Acatenango Volcanoes, and unfortunately La Reunion has closed down all operations till further notice.
Now is the time where we reflect and look back at the aftermath: over 14,000 people had to evacuate the premises, 192 people are reported missing, over 4,000 are in shelters, over 1.5 million Guatemalans haven been directly/indirectly affected, and unfortunately the loss of 75 people. All these numbers are very had to grasp, and we need lo look for a way to provide help to the victims.
As of early Monday morning Maya Trails together with Hertz Car Rental converted their offices as a temporary collection center for medical supplies, food, clothing, bedding, personal hygiene, baby supplies, and especially TOYS for the little ones. Every afternoon what is recollected, is take to different shelters spread out the affected areas. This may go on for a few weeks to maybe months, we will still be recollecting and also taking donations to fill in all these necessities. We will not end our efforts till all the people in shelters are settled into there new communities or homes.
Also if you really want help, remember Guatemala is open for business and ready to show off its amazing volcanoes, rivers, lakes, Mayan structures, colonial cities, tons of adventure, and especially the warmth of our PEOPLE. Help book more travelers to Guatemala, to help our economy and the well being of the victims.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and all our fellow Guatemalans who have been affected by the devastating national tragedy.