With much surprise and little fanfare, here is the second installment of the guest posts series!! Although about a trek that Quetzaltrekkers offers - Santa Maria - it qualifies for the much sought after tag of 'guest post' as it was authored by a client. Santa Maria is an awesome hike whichever way you do it, as a one or two day or full moon/overnight hike; all offering spectacular sunset, sunrise and Santiaguito views, as well views over the volcanic Western Highlands. Check out the schedule and contact QT now to organise your ascent of this awesome volcano!
|Santa Maria looking over Xela.|
|The view down onto Santiaguito from the summit.|
Monday came: same routine. Late lunch, late nap, late dinner. The alarm sounded at 10pm. Everyone jumped out of their sleeping bags and ran to the windows to check for rain. This time around… success! Not a cloud in the night sky. Filled with adrenaline for the hike to come, OGG scarfed down a delicious pasta primavera dinner, laced up their boots, and turned on their headlamps in preparation for the ascent. We were out the door with no time to spare, ready to conquer Mrs. Maria.
After a short ride across the city in the back of a furniture moving truck, the fourteen of us, accompanied by two close friends and trail guides, unloaded at the base of the beast. Santa Maria seemed to ascend beyond the stars in one rigid, vertical silhouette. Her outline in the sky was almost threatening, but we had no time to dwell on that. The clock struck midnight and we were off, determined to make it to the top by sunrise.