23.01.2015 - 26.01.2015 28 °C
After almost a week in Antigua, we leave the city for the relaxed, very chilled atmosphere of Lake Atitlan which is just as well as the journey in the crammed shutte was horrendous.
A very beautiful lake surrounded by 4 volcanos, I was told that the water level rises every 50 yrs and if you dive around the edges, you can actually see the ruins of previous hotels which are now underwater. There are several places you can stay around the lake but we chose to spend our time in the most peaceful Santa Cruz. I took the opportunity of taking a couple of private spanish lessons to brush up on my verbs and tenses. You might think it's a bit late into the trip but I have not really needed much more than I knew or picked up so far and Guatemala is by far the cheapest place to take lessons.
After returning to Antigua for one night and to pick up my large backpack which I left at the hostel, I say goodbye to Louise who has decided she can't quite tear herself away from the school kids just yet and is going to stay at least another week. I am therefore back on my own but that's ok. I don't really mind. I take another shuttle (another truely horrible crammed journey with nowhere to put your feet) for the 7 hours to Seymuc Champney.
Seymuc Champney consists of a natural 300 m limestone bridge, under which passes the Cahabón River. Atop the bridge is a series of stepped, turquoise pools, a popular swimming attraction. I passed on jumping from the bridge but swam under the waterfall and enjoyed the tubing along the river. Then we went up to the actual pools for more swimming. Very pleasant.