The hike was a bit strenuous for some people, but at the top we got an amazing view of Lake Atitlán and the surrounding towns. Also at the top of the mountain, there were multiple Mayan statues which dated back to 1,000 years ago.
After descending the mountain, we went straight to the town of Santiago to have a quick lunch and walk around in groups for a bit. We did not have a ton of time, as we had to return to the house for our final day of Spanish lessons directly following lunch. Our Spanish lessons were special today, because being our final lesson of the week, we had a mini “graduation” on one of the grassy terraces between our house and the lake to recognize our progress and give thanks to our teachers. Our teachers presented us with graduation certificates and we each read the “discurso” we had written. Finally, we had dinner with our Spanish instructors, and then said farewell.
After a tiring day, we did whatever we needed to do before bed, and then had some chill time until we went to sleep.
Leaving Atitlán will be hard, as it was one of my favorite locations we have stayed at thus far on the trip, and I am sure others will feel the same. There was a mixture of factors that made Atitlán so alluring, from swimming in the azure waters of the immense lake, to exploring and learning about the nearby rustic town and the culture of its people. Lake Atitlán is a location we will be sure to remember for the rest of our lives.