They were also 2 hours late in picking me up. The Microbus started at 3am in Leon, went to El Tunco El Salvador for a large pickup then up to San Salvador for me. They sent a car around and picked me and then drove me to a meeting place on the highway for quicker service. That was a nice touch as well. I am used to buses and well everything and everyone being late in Latin America so that did not even phase me. Another breezy border crossing and now it was Quetzels to get me through my days.
|The Cobblestone streets of Antigua. Police support extra|
I met a few good people on the bus, Tom (England) Alissa and Corrie (Australia) and once we settled into our hostels we all met up for a few post trip beer. Long trips knock the crap out of me so it was a really good way to end the day.
|Indigenous Market Woman|
Antigua has changed since I was last here. It is busier with more people, restaurants, shops, hostels and drunk foreigners complaining how "touristy" the place is. Again this could be because it is high season and I lived here in the fall months of September and October. I am here for one reason and that is to climb Volcano Acatanango.
She is a beast spiking at 4000 metres (about 13,123feet). The air starts to get thin around 2500 metres meaning slight altitude sickness is a probability. I have been through it before along the Inca Trail and it can be draining. Again, this is not Everest with death and debilitating altitude sickness. Headaches, sluggishness and an upset stomach are all possible. Think of it as a having a hangover while hiking up a volcano carrying a 15 kilo pack. Good times!
|Gutemala, home of the best chicken buses in Latin America|
Time for Bed. Next up, the beast that is Acatanango and after that 3 days of agonizing leg pain