Thursday, April 17, 2014

Cerro de Oro

I really love hiking - being outside and enjoying some quite time in nature. Unfortunately, we haven't had a lot of time to go on many hikes since being down here - which really stinks 'cause there are a lot of hikes that we could've enjoyed. Oh well. This past weekend we decided to take a morning hike up the Cerro de Oro, or Gold Hill. It is a relatively short hike, but the view is great.
We actually didn't follow the trail since it forked off at one point in time and we took the wrong fork. But we had a great view of the lake and the other volcanoes surrounding the lake. Cerro de Oro received it's name from rumors that the Mayans had hidden their gold in the mountain when the Spaniards were approaching, but nobody has been able to find the gold. We didn't spend much time looking for gold, but sometimes I wish I were a gold hunter so we could spend our lives searching for lost treasure. 

Also, at the bottom of the hill there is a city that has been covered by water since the level of the lake rises and falls over the years. This isn't typical of lakes, and Lake Atitlan is one of the few in the world that actually do this. But the city that is underwater was found by archeologists and when Rick visited we went to a museum that had some artifacts from the city. 
We had gotten up really early to go, so we finished hiking by 8:00 in the morning, which was a perfect way to start out our day. The weather was perfect and watching the sun rise reflect off the water was amazing.
On top of the hill there are some rocks with hieroglyphics carved into them, and we heard that they do some Mayan rituals on top of the hill, but we didn't see anything interesting while we were up there. We really wanted to hike the Volcano San Pedro, but we never got around to it. It's an all day hike, and we just never had a full day to dedicate to it. Next time we are at Lake Atitlan it is on our to do list. 

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