Shaylee and I weren’t sure which climb to do today, but we decided on Volcán Chicabal because we heard that it was very beautiful. We got a ride to the trailhead and then after walking a ways, someone offered us a ride up the mountain. We hiked the last part and into the crater, which contains a beautiful lake, which is sacred to the Mayan people. Mayan priest often perform ceremonies around the lake shore.
We hiked all the way around the lake and then took a different trail to the rim of the crater. We walked all the way down to San Martin Sacatepéquez, though we did take a break in the visitor center area part way down.
I had the privilege of living in San Martin from Nov 2005 to Feb 2008. During that time I got to climb the Volcano about 14 times. Other than the Pedida De La Lluiva, my favorite time to be up there is in the early morning, when no one else is around.
At this moment I went there over six times. At early mornings and late afternoon the lagoon is a natural mirror. Fascinating views. One of my favorites.