At an elevation of about 2700m, I was already out of breath before I actually started the hike
Then we saw the pace of this kid walking up…. We hiked up for about two hours, then headed down towards the crater lake.
This hike in Santa Maria is about 2 to 3 times harder than the hike to Laguna Chicabal, because of the elevation (3700m), difference in elevation and presence of a lot of slippery rocks. We were supposed to see lava and Lago de Atitlan at the peak but it was too foggy. Still, it was a pretty good hike!
Lago de Atitlan
Probably my favorite place so far in my trip. It is a very spiritual, quiet and a very cheap place to stay. I stayed at Santa Cruz, San Pedro, San Marcos, and then returned to San Pedro. They all have something to offer. Santa Cruz is the quietest among the three. I stayed at La Iguana Perdida Hotel for my first night. I really like that they don’t have wifi, so that people can socialize in the real world. Also, they have a family style dinner every day! I was there looking for a dive course, but the only instructor was fully booked until a month later. I then decided to leave for San Pedro.
Santa Cruz, Lago de Atitlan
San Pedro, Lago de Atitlan
A much larger town than Santa Cruz, which also means you can find cheaper things to do and to eat! I stayed at a Hotel Hoya del Sol for a private room for just Q20 per night. Ask for Hotel San Francisco and you should be able to find Hoya del Sol. After going to San Marcos, I came back to San Pedro and stayed a few nights at Rise and Shine Hostel for some yoga classes!
Having nowhere to go, the water in the lake has been increasing as you can see in the picture…
More street food!
Watched a girls’ basketball game
The best place to jump into the lake for a swim. There is also a place where you can jump off a “trampoline” into the lake.
After staying an extra week at Lago de Atitlan, I decided to skip El Salvador and go to Utila, Honduras for an open water diving course. I was supposed to take Hedman Alas from Antigua all the way to La Ceiba, Honduras. But since it was a Sunday and I couldn’t get a ticket, I took a shuttle organized by the hotel I was staying at, leaving at 4am to Copan, Honduras. From there, I took a Hedman Alas bus to San Pedro Sula, and then to La Ceiba.
Like most big cities in Central America, Antigua is another colonial city, which colorful buildings, a parque central and a lot of churches. Unlike the other cities, it is more beautiful!
Played a little bit soccer with this kid