Trip Start Sep 30, 2011
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The next day we headed for the Parque Naciònal de Volcanes to climb a volcano. There is a bus from Santa Ana that takes you to the park entrance for the Cerro Verde, Santa Ana and Izalco volcano. You can climb the Santa Ana and Izalco volcano, in the Lonely Planet it said 1usd for Izalco and 1.80usd for Santa Ana. We were told Santa Ana was easier to climb so we decided to go for that one, only to be told that the price was wrong and it really cost 8usd. We thought that was too much and headed for the group climbing the Izalco volcano. We were told it would be very hard! I had doubts but thought we should try. The problem was that we needed to get down 1200 metres from the Izalco volcano to climb the 1900 metres of the Izalco volcano and then again down 1900 metres and up 1200 metres to the park entrance. We started going down, more than half way down my right knee really started to bother me and I didn’t want to force it and really damaged it. So I decided to return, I told Ramón to continue but the guide wouldn’t let me return on my own so we both went back. Unfortunately we had to just hang around for some hours for the bus going back, as they only go back at the expected time it takes for a group to climb the volcano. Anyway, there was a place to have lunch and a craft fair, Ramón got a shot glass for his collection and I got an organic Aloe Vera soap as we had run out of soap anyway.
That evening we tried to organise ourselves on how to get to Mexico and spoke to Paula and Franco to see if it would be possible to catch up along the way to see them one last time before they head back home in January
This morning we got up early and caught the bus to Metapán, where we changed buses to Aguìatù which is the border crossing the Guatemala. Again we crossed the border without any problems and I am now updating the blog on a minibus from the border to Chiquimula. We are hoping to catch a bus from Chiquimula to Río Dulce and have a place booked for the two of us and Paula and Franco this evening. Tomorrow we’ll probably head to Livingston with them and from there get a ferry to Punta Gorda en Belize on Tuesday morning. Tuesday we’ll spend travelling straight through Belize to the Mexican border at Chetumal and then get a bus to Playa del Carmen. That way we should be in Playa del Carmen either late Tuesday night or sometime Wednesday. Wednesday night Ramón’s brother and family arrive by flight to Cancun. After Christmas and New Year we’ll head back to Guatemala, Honduras and Belize.