Last Thursday (14th) we set of from Xela on the 3 day trek to lake Atitilan, which is about 30miles -all up or down very steep mountains with no flat bits! The first day was the hardest trekking for about 9 hrs first up, then down into a valley and back up again. We went through some very pretty cloud forest looking out over an incredibly green mountain landscape and along paths walled with bamboo. We finishing the day dusty and dirty with achey legs, but in a very pretty little village (with no road access). The village had banana, orange and papaya trees in it, and little gardens outside the small houses full of flowers, we also saw coffee beans laid out in the sun to dry from the many coffee plants which surrounded the village- but much to Chris disappointment we didn´t get to try any of the coffee. We spent the night on the floor of one of the huts with our Guide Heizar (who also lives in our house) and the 2 other people on the trek with us; Judith a girl who had just spent the last 7 months cycling down from Alaska to Mexico (and didn´t have achey legs at all) and Mark, a Canadian on his holidays. They were both really nice people and made the trip all the more enjoyable.
The second day was a bit shorter (still all up and down) to a much bigger village over looking the lake and San Pedro -which we walked down to on the 3rd day after getting up early to watch the sun rise over the lake, see the new title picture above (the little writing in the middle of it is from the free software which Chris used to stick 2 photos together).