Saturday 21th April: San Pedro la Laguna – Antigua
It was sad to farewell Lago Atitlan today, but not before we had a nice morning studying in the garden at Playa Linda. Our shuttle to Antigua left at 2:30 so we had plenty of time for lunch with a view out over the lake. The ride to Antigua was pretty boring and non-eventful and we arrived right as the sun was setting.
Antigua is a beautiful looking city, with all the old buildings brightly painted and the cobblestone streets. Its by far the most touristic place I have visited in Guatemala though and everything is that much more expensive. Still, it was a nice place to spend a couple of days and of course was the jumping off point for Acatenango - my main motivation for being there.
We had the most amazing vegetarian dinner at a restaurant called Samsara. It was full of hippy Australians but the food was unbelievably good and reasonably priced too. I had a tempe and peanut salad and it was so delicious!
Hotel: Posada Juma Ocag – reasonably priced, quiet, amazing showers, nice owners
Dinner: Samsara Restaurant – amazing food!
Sunday 22th April: Antigua
Up early this morning, we walked up to Cerro de la Cruz for views over Antigua city and out to Volcan Acatenango. It was a lovely morning and a nice place to read a book up there. The rest of the day was spent preparing for the big hike tomorrow!
Wednesday 25th April/Thursday 26th April – Antigua
Not much to do today – just wandered around Antigua and did a bit of study. Stefan left for Guatemala City to continue his trip in Costa Rica – this was really sad and a bit strange for a little while. On Thursday morning I hiked up to the Cruz again to do some study and then I walked out to a small organic farm for lunch and had an amazing sandwich and smoothie. The place was super nice and tranquillo! On Friday it was time to return to Xela, ready for another two weeks at Escuela de la Montana. It took me 4 chicken buses from Antigua which was an adventure in itself! Staying at my home away from home again, the Black Cat and had Sabor de India for dinner – a real treat!
Hostel: Maya Papaya - super nice