Trip Start Mar 11, 2011
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We caught our first glimpse from El Mirador (The Lookout) as we descended the winding road. La Laguna de Santa Maria del Oro (The Lake of Saint Mary of Gold) is breathtaking - set in a crater, glistening like a jewel and framed by extinct volcanoes. Beautiful as it is intriguing, its waters change to a turquoise blue during an earthquake as tremors disturb the lake's lime deposits.
There's not much else happening here making it a perfect spot to kick back. The locally owned lakeside restaurant we chose was decidedly overpriced and our meals were average at best
Walking back in the dark with a dying torch, we were thankful for the crescent moon that made our path adequately visible. Occasionally overhanging trees would block its light, then bats revealed themselves - "the terror that flapped in the night". We had a bottle of insect repellent at the ready in case one of those barking dogs decided to attack. Particularly aggressive ones live near our campsite's entrance. I'd hate to do it but if it's a case of him or me, it's not gonna be me! We really should have considered those rabies shots more seriously.
When we arrived that afternoon it was 4pm, warm and sunny. Then it became cool. Later it got a little fresh. Then a tad nippy and went all the way down to chilly. Just before sunrise it went all the way down to damn cold! So cold that we had to wear most of our clothes and drink tequila just to make it through the night. Ok, so perhaps I dramatise... but only slightly!
Just as we settled down to get some sleep we heard footsteps on the leaves just outside our tent
So I guess you gathered that we hardly got any sleep that night. Lovely as the lake was, it was not lovely enough! So much for spending our anniversary here. We were ready to leave after just one night. Paying almost as much as for a campsite as a hotel room with ensuite and cable TV in Tepic is just crazy!