Saturday, May 10, 2014

Xela to Lake Atitlán Hike with Quetzaltrekkers

Last weekend Jason headed to Xela on a shuttle, spent the night and the next day proceeded to walk back to the Lake.  (A little bragging here) Usually the hike is 2 1/2 days, Jason had heard from a guide that it could be done more quickly and opted to do two days of hiking in ONE - go Jason go!

The variety of landscapes was again a huge draw for this hike ... going through farming fields, rain forests, small villages, atop mountain ridges, ending with a spectacular sunrise over Lake Atitlán.

This crack widens everytime there's a nearby earthquake - yikes!

Adobe bricks drying in the sun -- and a young boy standing in front of his adobe brick home.

More adobe buildings - the small one in the center/left with plastic on the top is a Tamascal - a Mayan sauna - essentially a wood-heated bathing house and also used for different ailments and where Mayan women birth their children.

Jason's guide, Nick and one awesome lizard!

And because a day in Guatemala would not be complete without seeing a man carrying a crazy-large object strapped to his forehead ...

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