After an unsuccessful try at Quetzaltrekkers in Guatemala because of the rain I had to try my luck with Quetzaltrekkers in Leon especially as the region offer countless wonderful trips from a short Cerro Negro boarding trip to a full 3 days trek on Cosigüina Peninsula. On top of being run by experienced friendly volunteer the organization (both in Leon and Guatemala) uses all the extra money they make to finance local projects to help kids!
My pick was a 2 days trek to the Telica Volcano to go watch the lava glowing at night at the bottom of the crater. At first I was a bit scared of the size of our group (13 people including 2 guides) but soon after setting out our group proved full of good vibes! The hike was tough especially as we had to carry a lot of water but we made enough stops with snacks to stock up on energy and our guides adapted the global pace to people fitness.
The hike was awesome in itself so when we got to the top of the volcano next to the smoking crater I was thrilled and didn't want this trek to end by dinner time when we sat around a fire eating a nicely cooked meal listening to guitar songs from one of the trekker. We were lucky to have a very good view of the lava at night + a sky full of stars unspoiled by city lights! After a good night of sleep we watched the sun rising before setting out to go back to Leon. An unforgettable experience that I strongly recommend!
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