Amazing Video

By Nelson Groom

Some backpackers just want to soak up the sun, but this Australian couple chose an off-the-beaten-track experience – by camping under an erupting volcano.

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Footage from last month shows the moment they witnessed Guatemala’s Volcan del Fuego erupt in spectacular fashion, spewing bright orange lava into the sky.

Hugo Todd, 26, his girlfriend Freya Wheatley, 27, hiked up another volcano before del Fuego rumbled into life at dawn and started hurling out plumes of ash.

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And stunning images show the sun rising over the mist-shrouded landscape as the 3,800m-tall crater continued to shoot out thick clouds of ash.