San Marcos & Santa Cruz

Trip Start Sep 25, 2007
Trip End Dec 20, 2007

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

When you descend towards Lago Atitlan from the Highlands it really does take your breath away!  It is a crater lake formed by the collapse of 2 volcanoes whose eruptions were so huge that debris was scattered as far away as Florida and Panama!  Later on other 3 smaller volcanoes sprung up around this lake.  We headed for the hippie San Pedro and chilled out in a Mayan sauna and went swimming in the chilly water :)  Then off to Santa Cruz the next day for some more chilling and a dive --first time in fresh water for me and it's also at altitude which kept us put another day.  It's the deepest crater lake or lake in Central America, with a measured depth of 345m to the bed of silt, but they estimate that it's another 340-ish m deep.  There wasn`t a whole lot to see except for lots of crabs and algae but it was pretty cool to feel the heat from the volcano when you buried your hand in the silt.  There were also some petrified trees and me flying out of the water a couple of times!! 
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