June 1-14, 2015

Day Six: La Gran Familia

We all knew when we woke up that the day was going to be exhausting but nonetheless, literally breath-taking. Today, we took a hike up Pacaya--an active volcano out of the 37 total volcanoes  in Guatemala.  Bus riding has become so common in these past six days, we simply sleep through them now, especially this hour and a half long ride.

When we got to the entrance of the hike, we were greeted by tons of kids and teenagers who were super eager to have us rent sticks for 5 quetzales, or pay 100 quetzales for a horse ride up the mountain. Some of us opted for the horses while the rest powered up on foot. The first bit of the hike is quite steep and the men with horses follow you up, knowing that many people will change their mind after the first five minutes. The hike actually wasn’t too hard, and Bob claimed he could do it for breakfast. Our tour guides and horse guides  just called us “La Gran Familia”, meaning Big Family. :) When we finally reached the top (most of us drenched in sweat), the landscape was amazing. Those who had horses had to say goodbye to them or pay another hundred questzales, and we all took in the views. With smoke billowing out of the volcano, we roasted marshmallows over a crevice in the dried lava rocks, ate lunch and shopped in the “lava shop”. we then proceeded to hike our way down the volcano back down to our bus where most everyone fell asleep after a long day.

After the hike, the boys went to the market, while the girls stayed in to nap or chill -- at least at first. Dinner was served around 6 pm, and we were all really exhausted so today wasn’t too eventful!

Mike's bird of the day: the Cinnamon-Bellied Flower Piercer!

Until next time, xoxo, your fave Guate Galz - Jessica and Kylin