01.04.2017 28 °C
Nursing a rum and beer hangover we got on a bus with our heavy packs towards a little town called Ataco. But we managed to get on the wrong bus and spent the next 40 minutes jammed in on a packed bus in the heat going the wrong the way. After wasted time we got on the correct bus and now we were standing up with our heavy packs in the aisle. I was not happy at this point. After another bus change we were on route to Santa Anna seated and enjoyed the countryside views of Ruta de Flores along with the locals.
Santa Anna was a very edgy, dirty town with little to see or do in itself. After getting to one of the best hostels (Green hostel) we have ever stayed in we ventured out on to the dirty streets. We mooched into some very local backstreet diner and had our fill of cheap Papusa's. Then Mel insisted we saw the Cathedral and then on to a lonely planet recommended cafe which had crap service and odd wall art.
That evening we cooked our favourite stir fry veg and noodles and got ourselves any early night.
The next morning we woke early and walked around to the bus station to get the only chicken bus to Santa Anna Volcan. We got the wrong bus stop and were whistled at by a security guard wielding a huge shotgun. We enjoyed a 2 hour scenic bus ride up to the national park where we paid a small entrance fee $3 dollars each and were able to sit at an amazing view point overlooking the town and a smaller Volcan. We waited for the free guide at 11am and began our trek up the volcan. We trekked through woodland and then onto rocky pathways up the side of the Volcan. The trek was not that tough but the heat in places made it pretty sweaty. We arrived at the top and could see a huge crater in the Volcan. The crater boasted a bogie green bubbling and steaming sulphur lake. Pretty epic!! We quickly ate our packed lunch at the top took photos and then it was time to trek back down.
The walk back up the road to the park entrance was pretty long and gruelling as we had run out of water. At 4pm, we got the bus back to Santa Anna.
Evening of cheap dinner and tea.