The second reason why I love going to Spanish school is that some afternoons they have activities for the students for great prices. I have been on a couple of the activities, and am always amazed at how cheap it is. Last week I visited 2 other villages, went to several churches, and visited a pottery factory all for $2.20. This afternoon we went to San Jorge to go on a hike and visit a Mayan ritual cave and it only cost me $2. Tomorrow we are going to a Nature Reserve (where they have monkeys!!!!!!!!) and it is only costing $5.80. I love that the school offers these trips because they are teaching me so much about the area of Guatemala that I'm living in. Not to mention all the beautiful photography opportunities I am most grateful for.
So after an hour of Spanish lessons Gladys, a few other students and their teachers, and I walked across town to catch a chicken bus (it's actually what it's called) to San Jorge which the village to the right of Pana on the lake. The chicken bus was crazy packed when we got on it, and I sat there amazed when about 40 other people got on after us. After about 15 minutes we got off and started our hike up the mountain. We hiked for about 25 minutes to get to the cave. The path we went on (if you can even call it that) was right on the cliff overlooking the lake. I basically hugged the mountain and prayed the entire hike. At one point one of the other students slipped a little and I freaked out. If you've ever spent more than 2 minutes with me you know how big of a klutz I am and how much I fall down. Thankfully we finally made it to the cave and it was well worth it.
It was impossible to get the entire opening of the cave into one picture, because the trail wasn't that far away from it, but you can sort of tell from these how big it was.