April’s Excellent Adventure (to Origin)

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DAY 3

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.

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