La Palma is surrounded by lush mountains and the temperature is quite cool–yay!
Even better, when we got to the trail and asked the driver how much we owed him, he just smiled and replied, “Nada!” Finally, a first hitchhiking success after many fruitless attempts! The trail up the summit took us about an hour and a half and was steep but not too strenuous. Unfortunately, due to our inability to get up early, clouds were rolling in as we climbed and we couldn’t see anything but white fluff from the top. During clear times (early morning) you can supposedly see into Honduras and Guatemala from the top. So learn from our mistake and if you want to have great views from the summit, go early!
Zach, victorious, at the summit
Hiking back down, we got some more partly cloudy views. Again, there was no bus in sight, so we just started hiking down the road hoping a car would pass and pick us up.
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