Trip Start Dec 30, 2013
Trip End Mar 25, 2014

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Flag of Guatemala  , Sacatepequez,
Sunday, January 19, 2014

Cont'd Day 21: Sunday,19 January

We made our way to the hostel, Dionisio. We got a lovely 3 bed private room, if only it wasn't opening straight onto the reception! We went for a short walk and found Subway and decided that was going to be dinner.

Back to the hostel and we were meeting with Canada for a night out. We had a few drinks in the hostel and then headed across the road to The Terrace. We bumped into a few of the lads from Zephyr and also met some of Canada's new Canadian friends.

Michele wasn't feeling well so she went home for a lie down and the rest if us headed for O'Reilly's....yes an Irish bar and so its the most unIrish bar we have ever been in! Numerous Cubra Libres later Jen didn't need to be asked twice to go for a dance on the bar :) It is a must do activity in O'Reillys apparently! Canada joined her just so she wasn't alone!!

Day 22: Monday, 20 January

No head was good on Monday morning, but at least Michele's wasn't self inflicted! After lots of self pity we finally rose and went to get some laundry done, we were adamant we would be productive. A McDonalds for lunch went a long way to help with the cure!

Kathy & Jen went to the markets in the evening for a stroll and Jen was asked if she wanted to buy everything from a hammock to a machete!

Day 23: Tuesday, 21 January

It was an early 6am start as we being collected for the Pacaya volcano tour. It took about an hour to get there and then we had a 3km hike to the top, it took about 1.5hours.

Antigua is surrounded by 3 volcanoes, Pacaya & Fuego are active and Agua is dormant. Pacaya is 2,252m high and it's last major eruption was in 2005 but there are constant displays of smoke and lava from it. The climb to the top was pretty tough and the altitude didn't help either. When we reached the highest point on he Pacaya accent the views were spectacular both of the top of Pacaya and the other 2 volcanoes. We then made our way to the warm lava right under the main eruption point of the volcano. The heat was unbelievable and sure what else would you do of a Tuesday morning but toast marshmallows on the hot lava!! Some experience to see all the lava that had poured down and solidified.

Let's just say the climb back up all the loose gravely lava to the track was not fun but we made it and made our way back to the bottom.

We were back in Antigua by lunchtime. After some lunch with Canada we had a walk around the city and took some token pictures. We also went to the chocolate museum and of course had to sample a few things!

That night Michele, Kathy and Canada headed out to a famous bar in Antigua, Cafe No Se. It's a really cool little bar with a tiny doorway dividing one side from the other.

Day 24: Wednesday, 22 January

After a late breakfast we headed to the markets to pick up warm jumpers for our trip to the lake. We picked up a few other bits too...sure it would be rude not to do 'some' shopping and we couldn't resist the Guatemalan hand crafts!

The girls decided to head back to the hostel for a rest and Kathy headed up to the viewing point that looks over the city of Antigua. There is a famous catholic cross up there too and the views from the top at pretty amazing but the volcano in the backdrop.

That evening we went to the bagel bar for some food and they show films in the evening so we were happy out with a bagel, hot chocolate and Saving Mr Banks on the screen! It's the simple things you miss!!
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