Traveling to Guatemala had been an unexpected experience; a blend of traditional and modern. We had dined at uber trendy restaurants, strolled though the UNESCO city of Antigua, climbed the active Pacaya volcano and went sailfishing in the Pacific. Now we would be shopping at the famous Chichi Market in the city of Chichicastenango (say that fast 3 times).
Traveling to Guatemala was turning out to be quite the adventure. First, there was a painfully steep hike up the active Pacaya volcano where we roasted marshmallows on the fiery lava rock and now we were about to spend a sunny afternoon Sailfishing on a boat in the Pacific Ocean.
Just like skiing and mountaineering is a part of the culture of the Swiss Alps, volcano hiking is huge chunk of the culture in Guatemala. The country has 37 officially named volcanoes, three of which that are still active. It is not uncommon to be driving by one of these and seeing a puff of smoke pop out from its peak.