Today’s agenda consisted of visiting the world’s second most active volcano, Sierra Negra (last eruption was in 2005). I was super excited about this activity…until the bus pulled up to the base of the massive volcano, in the pouring rain, and we were left to climb up it. Not exactly what I signed up for.
Oh, did I mention I was wearing flip flops?
Needless to say, the 6 and a half hour, 10 mile hike is one I will never, ever forget. I actually managed to climb up the mountain (2 hours of sloppy mud, might I add) without falling but, being a clutz with rather unfortunate luck, slipped into the messiest puddle of mud you can ever imagine the last 20 minutes of the descent. But hey, how many people can say they have peered into an active volcano? Everything about the journey was totally worth it. The view was breath taking.
This was the perfect way to begin our 5 day trip appreciating the pure beauty of raw nature.