Volcan Santa Maria, across the jungle, seen from the path on the way to Chicabal. We woke up at 5:30 a.m. to get these views, which are normally swallowed by clouds early in the day.

Volcan Santa Maria, across the jungle, seen from the path on the way to Chicabal. We woke up at 5:30 a.m. to get these views, which are normally swallowed by clouds early in the day.

 

Clouds building on the volcanoes.

Clouds building on the volcanoes.

 

Lacey, Emily and Kunal (our friends and housemates) at the 'mirador' (viewpoint) above the lake.

Lacey, Emily and Kunal (our friends and housemates) at the ‘mirador’ (viewpoint) above the lake.

 

Lago de Chicabal itself, shining in its crater.

Lago de Chicabal itself. Volcan Chicabal is long inactive, but the lake that shines in its crater is a holy place for the Maya, and gorgeous to boot.

 

 

Volcan Santa Maria and the active Volcan Santiaguito, seen from the viewpoint above the lake.

Volcan Santa Maria and the active Volcan Santiaguito, seen from the viewpoint above the lake.

 

A close up of Volcan Santiaguito spewing smoke.

A close up of Volcan Santiaguito spewing smoke.

 

 

A view  from beside the lake.

A view from beside the lake.

 

Trees like this one hang their greenery over the side of the lake.

Trees like this one hang their greenery over the water.

 

And to justify our 5 a.m. wakeup, the daily mist started rolling in around 10 a.m. just before we started back down.

And finally, to justify our 5:30 wakeup, the daily mist started rolling in just before we started back down around 10.

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