Volcanos and Banana Bread

Trip Start Dec 25, 2012
Trip End Aug 02, 2013

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Flag of Guatemala  , Western Highlands,
Sunday, January 27, 2013

Antigua, a delightful Spanish/colonial town with cobble stone streets surrounding a pretty Central Park which felt like a portal to another century. They also had THE BEST BANANA BREAD we have ever tasted!

Beautiful Antigua is cradled by three volcanos and we decided a hike up one of the looming mountains to roast some marshmallows in the molten rivers was to interesting to pass up.

Walking up the slowly increasing slope passing through the trees we were followed most of the way by kids trying to rent us walking sticks or a 'taxi ride' on a horse the rest of the way up the mountain. Armed with only delicious banana bread and skittles, neither, surprisingly, were very useful in warding off the mini vendors.

Continuing on our trek the trees suddenly cleared and it now felt like we were walking on another planet. The crunch of cooled broken lava and ash crumbling beneath every step we took, along with the low laying clouds almost pouring past the tip of volcano Pacaya hidden directly in front of us added to the eerie feelings the volcano had to offer our adventure.

Pacaya's last eruption was in 2010 and a couple of years ago you could and see molten lava flow. Today, unfortunately, we had no such luck! However, even without the lava, the hike was still pretty spectacular! 

After lifting rocks that were as light as feathers and using absorbent leaves as towels and toilet paper, we reached the top and out came the marshmallows! We pulled out our sticks we had been advised to pick up before the trees cleared and took in turns roasting over the heat emanating from a fissure in the earths crust. While we were enjoying the sweetness of these crunchy and gooey pockets of goodness we were surprised to watch one well organised hiker pull out a raw steak from his backpack to roast! I'm rather surprised Simon hadn't thought of this also!

The way back down offered up a beautiful sunset which really topped of a rather enjoyable little adventure.

Note 1: Chicken bus rides can be a terrifying experience, especially when these old American school buses are driven like rally cars down a winding road. If you don't hold on, you WILL go flying!

Note 2: Simon is now known as Soloman thanks to some Canadian boys misunderstanding his accent!
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Anne on

Hey Soloman... that is going to be your name from now on. Hey where are those beautiful pics?


Anne on

Man looks like you guys are having a fantastic time. We are so pleased but so so soooooo envious!! Next year has got to be our turn :) saw a program on Venezuela, the 3rd longest river in the world. You might want to check it out for accessibility. It was amazingly beautiful.

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