After being told by locals from San Lucas that the situation on Atitlan is safe in the moment I climbed the volcano alone from San Lucas.
A guide would have saved me 5 hours that I lost by finding the right trail to the summit.
But I was overwhelmed by the friendliness and support of the local farmers high up on the slopes. Despite my poor Spanish level, everyone tried to help me finding the right trail. Unfortunately, some also send me to other directions while being already on the right one.
After reaching the pass between Toliman and Atitlan, the climb continues in the cloud forest. Saw some squirels, skunks and a Horned Guan there.
Arriving on the summit after more than 10 hours was a relief. Great view down to Lago Atitlan and East to Acatenango and very active Fuego.
Returned to San Lucas safely before dusk.
Didn't meet any other hiker during the day. Seems to be a very quite place.
San Lucas is a nice place to stay. Not the best hotels but very friendly but still distant people. A big contrast to touristic Panajachel or Santiago Atitlan.
Just came down :)
Climbed from San Lucas up, to teh summit and the much longer way down to Santiago Atitlan. We had two police officers for security (free of charge), no guide, but regretted the latter as we lost several hours trying to find the right track through al the cornfields.
Summit was cloudy but warm and relaxed. Many guide will sell a two day trip, but is not needed, fit climbers can go up in 4-6 hours. Raced down in 2'45 to Santiago Atitlan