After watching the sun set over the rooftops of Flores we headed deep into the Guatemalan hills to the remote town of Lanquin. Here we relaxed by the river and swam in the awe inspiring pools of Semuc Champey.
The journey to Antigua included a drive around the outskirts of Guatamala City. The views of this sprawling urban landscape were breathtaking, particularly after the remote mountain village of Lanquin. Now in Antigua it's cobbled colonial streets have the most impressive backdrop of 3 volcanoes. Spanish for "old", Antigua was formerly the capital of Guatamala. After a succession of earthquakes culminating in seismic activity razing the city in 1774 the capital was moved 20 miles to Guatamala city. It has been rebuilt over the last 200 years and present day Antigua is a pretty grid system of thick walled colonial architecture and remains of some of the most hardy churches of the 1700s.
This afternoon we are heading up the active Pacaya Volcano then we head to San Pedro De La Laguna to spend a few days relaxing by the beautiful Atitlan Lake!
By Gareth, Trail Leader
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