September 28th, 2009 – by: Johnb42
The hike up to Tajamulco
We decided we wanted to do it on our own rather than with a tour group, so packed up our tents and sleeping bags and stocked up with food from the hypermarket. Battling the hangovers from Friday night we set off pretty early 8am on Sat morning to take a couple of chicken bus rides to get there. To hike up the volcano its a pretty tough 4-hour climb when you take into account the quite steep gradient in parts , the heat , the weight of the backpacks with all our gear & food , and the altitude which starts to take your breath away as you get further up. We got to the "base camp" area about 5pm on Saturday, where we put the tent up and enjoyed making an open fire for cooking and warmth as it´s really cold once the sun goes down .
and higher up
After a few hours rather cold and broken sleep we then got up at 4am on Sunday morning to make the final climb for about an hour or so in the dark in order to get up to the summit for the sunrise. The awesome views at the top make all the effort climbing worthwhile as it really is quite stunning - you can see for hundreds of miles into Mexico , Guatemala and Honduras and on the (somewhat faster) way down the clouds from the previous afternoon had cleared , giving wonderful views all around.All in all I´m really loving my time here in Xela - its met & surpassed all my high expectations and it´s very easy to see why you meet quite a few travellers here who seem to be staying for months on end.