One of the most noticeable aspects of Quetzaltenango is its volcanoes. These include: Santo Thomas or Pecul (3,505m/11,566 ft), Lancadón (2,747m/9065 ft), Siete Orejas (Seven Ears) (3,370m/11,121 ft), Zunil (3,542m/11,689 ft), and Cerro Quemado (3,197m/10,550 ft). The Chiquibal Volcano (2,900m/9,570 ft) is unique for the lake located within its center, which is considered sacred due to the clouds that are said to be spirits moving over its waters, and swimming is, by tradition, forbidden. The active volcanoes in the department are few: only Santa Maria (3,772m/12,448 ft) which suffered an eruption in 1902, and Santiaguito (2,500m 8250 ft) which is a lateral crater formed after an eruption of Santa Maria in June, 1992. -from HFHI Global Village department
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