Full Moon hiking
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It was full moon today and what else is there to do on a full moon than go for a nice walk? A company called Quetzeltrekkers organises a monthly trek up the Volcano Telica, not far from Leon, on the night of the full moon. That's right, we hiked up a volcano at night. It was a bit strange, when we were preparing our rucksacks, to be packing fleeces, gloves, wooly hats and scarves, as it was 35 degrees and we were dripping with sweat simply from packing a bag. Would we really need all these layers?
We met up with the other trekkers at 1030pm at the Quetzaltrekkers office and after sorting out bags and water supplies etc we all bundled into minivans and were taken to the start of the trek. At 1230am we started the walk along a very rocky dirt track.
At around 3am we started the real ascent of the volcano itself (up until then we had just been walking towards the base of it). It was about 1 hour of quite strenuous uphill along a narrow path. Once at the top, we could see in the near-distance the crater edge of the volcano. This is when those layers that we packed came into use. We had climbed to 1061m and it was very cold and blowing a gale-force wind. For the first time since leaving South America in December, we were wrapped up in our fleeces, hats and gloves.
This volcano is very active with the last eruption only 2 weeks ago.
We stumbled back down to the edge of the volcano wall over very loose black rocks and from here we watched the sun rise over the valley.
At around 7am it was time to descend and we were soon stripping off the layers once we got out of the chilly wind. By 8am it was boiling hot and very dusty. The walk back took us a few hours until we came out into a little village. Just before the steps leading to the village we explored a large piece of ground where dozens of holes had formed with spurting volcanic mud belching from the ground.
After giving some village boys food that we had left over from the trek, we headed up to a comedor in the village where we ate some much-needed food at around 10am before catching the local bus back to Leon.
Back at the hostel, we realised how filthy we were as we were covered in dirt from the dust track. Even our legs and feet were covered in dirt, despite having shoes, socks and trousers on! Needless to say, we passed out exhausted after we had showered, and slept until 6pm, woken only by hunger!!!