Once arriving in San Pedro La Laguna (another Mayan town on Lake Atitlan) we decided to hire a guide and climb Volcan San Pedro (3,020 meters), which is one of the three volcanoes that surround Lake Atitlan. The original plan was to summit the volcano in time for the sunrise, but we didn´t plan accordingly. Instead, after one of the hardest hikes that either of us have done, when we finally reached the top, not only was it daylight, but there was absolutely no view because of the dense clouds. We only stayed at the summit for about 25 minutes until we decided to make the descent (which was almost as difficult as the accent because our knees and hips were in excrutiating pain). Once we arrived at the base of the volcano, there was no transportation back to the town, so we had to walk another 30 minutes to San Pedro La Laguna. When we arrived back the hostel we freshened up and slept for the rest of the day.
We also forgot to mention that in 4 days the Guatemalans vote for their next president (one presidential canidate has already been assassinated). Therefore EVERYWHERE is covered in campaign posters-- it is unbelievable. Literally every free space of the country is smeared in party signs. Futhermore, there are pickup trucks roaming the streets with huge speakers blasting campaign songs at ALL hours of the day and night.
We are about ready to leave Hostel Zoola in San Pedro to go to a more tranquil town on the lake called San Marcos. San Pedro is considered to be the party destination of the lake (playing electronica and trance music till the early morning) whereas San Marcos is considered to be the ´hippie haven´ where there is lots of holistic medicine, mediation and yoga.
Okay we are off to go plan our new idea of being pirates of Lago Atitlan--Hasta Luego!!!