April’s Excellent Adventure (to Origin)



My original plan for Sunday was to go into Panajachel for breakfast and coffee, zipline around the lake, and then spend the rest of the day hiking and exploring the reservation.

I woke up around 2am very sick, and it did not ease up until much later in the morning. I might have had some bad water the previous day.

Once I felt better, I improvised. I had brunch with some German tourists and hiked around the nature reservation. I hiked two trails, the second being to Catarata Waterfall.

Reserva Natural Atitlán was originally a coffee plantation, now overgrown with forest greenery. On the way to the waterfall, I made it to the observation deck where they had a monkey enclosure. I was able to observe them swinging from the trees from afar.

From there came the hard part – swinging bridges and lush scenery later, I made it to the waterfall!

Afterward, I trekked back to look inside the butterfly geodome. I tried fitting the lake into my trip before I went back to Antigua, so I began the hike to the lake from the reservation. It began raining a ¼ of the way there, but I was determined to see the “most beautiful lake in the world” before I left.


I made it, but I was soaking wet by the time I got back to the visitor center.