Adrian, donde andas?

Laguna Chicabal

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At an elevation of about 2700m, I was already out of breath before I actually started the hike

 

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Then we saw the pace of this kid walking up…. We hiked up for about two hours, then headed down towards the crater lake.

 

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Santa Maria

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!

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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

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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!

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Having nowhere to go, the water in the lake has been increasing as you can see in the picture…

 

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More street food!

 

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Watched a  girls’ basketball game

 

San Marcos

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.

 

 

Antigua

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!

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Played a little bit soccer with this kid

 

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