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A look a Volcan San Pedro - I climbed (more or less)...

Having hiked up the road out of town during the pre-dawn, we...

A view of the volcano from the park trailhead.

All around Lake Atitlan, there were little coffee "plantations" like this one.

Hiking through coffee crops.

Being the heavy coffee drinker I am, it was great to see...

And coffee (in the foreground) was not the only crop; patches of...

Those dried out corn crops provided most of the views on the...

Here are my two Canuck hiking partners, whom I only met a...

Looking back toward San Marcos, where I stayed the previous two nights.

Looking down at San Pedro (lower center) where we started the hike,...

The higher you go, the higher you get.......

Eventually, we hiked above the hillside farms into undisturbed forest.

Where there is more moisture, as witnessed by the presence of lichens.

A much drier forest than that I had experienced on my jungle...

And with the tropical forest comes signs of tropical creatures......

OK, well there it is....

Home sweet home... and there were three littles ones in the nest.

Also with the forest, our views were fewer and not as dramatic.......

9:30 AM: 3.5 hours and almost a mile higher. As we reached...

The wide angle......

Below us were signs of morning life in Guatemala - smoke hovering...

The first of three pictures as I pan the lake.

Next, looking east by northeast.

The northwestern shoreline of Lake Atitlan.

From top to bottom, and near to far away......

Then, looking west toward the Pacific ocean - which you can sort...

Upon our return to civilization at 11:30, commerce was bustling - Guatemala...

Having arrived at his destination, the man with the beans talks with...

Even more bustling awaits me in downtown San Pedro.

The final curve into San Pedro, and I am off to the...

Heading back to Panajachel... I was atop that sleeping giant a mere...


A 6:00 AM dark departure from the Big Foot tourist office in San Pedro, joined by two canucks from Vancouver, BC (26 and 24 respectviely) and our local guide (20). This 49 year old kept pace the whole way, and we flew up and down the volcano. 3.5 hours to climb 4,500+ feet in elevation, an hour to hang on the summit, and then 1.5 hours down. First up of 5-6 groups, first down. Had the summit to ourselves. Great time. As they say in kiwiland, Great Walk!!!

Two days later, I found myself on another volcano - which was a bit more active - Pacaya.



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