On our last morning in San Juan, Guatemala, Tyson and I decided to get up at 5 AM and hike up to the cross overlooking San Juan. From San Juan it looked like a great vista point to take in all the scenery we had immersed ourselves in all week. The only catch was that you had to get up super early, walk through town in the dark to find the trailhead, and then pay a guy waiting at the entrance to the park 20 quetzals (or Q’s, Guatemala’s currency).
This did NOT go off without a hitch. First of all, I forgot my money back in the room. Then after going back for the money and walking around in the dark for about 15 minutes, we couldn’t find the trailhead. Finally we find the trail head and the guy that you’re supposed to pay 20 Q’s to hike. But of course that wasn’t enough, he wanted 30 Q’s from us. The hike to the cross was supposed to be 20 Q’s and the hike to the very top was 30 Q’s. I don’t know if I just had tourist stamped on my forehead or if my Spanish was just that bad, but he would not let us go until we paid 30. Thankfully he took 26 Q’s from Tyson, which was all he had, and my 30 Q’s. I had added 10 Q’s to my pocket so we could get a tuc tuc on the way back. That wasn’t going to be a possibility at this point.
Now I thought there’s no way we are going to make it to the cross in time for the sunrise. The hike was short but not that easy with all the steps you had to take. Finally we made it up there. I felt defeated and tired because I thought all our set backs had made us miss it. It was pretty light out already, but 20 minutes in to watching the town of San Juan wake up, the sun popped up over the mountains and clouds. It was really a sight to behold.
I’m so thankful that we made it in time to witness the sunrise on our last day there. It was such a great moment to witness all of God’s beauty and reflect on the wonderful week we had there.
Make sure to watch the time-lapse video Tyson and I captured while we were there. He shot his on the iPhone 6 and I shot mine on the GoPro 3 Black. I blended both time lapses together for hopefully something you’ll enjoy!
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