Cafeteria Chilasco | Vehicle Storage

Guatemala

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over 1 year ago
Altitude:
1910.2 masl
Contributor:
tcowan78

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While I was parked up in the main car park the evening before hiking to the falls, somebody came down to warn me it wasn't a safe place to leave a vehicle, with a history of break-ins (this despite the guy at the ticket booth insisting it was totally safe) - said the last victim was a cousin of the footballer Messi, and that he wasn't impressed! I had a peaceful night there but in the morning drove to the first building on the right, several hundred metres back from the parqueo, and they were happy to let me leave the van on their grounds, for a tip.

The hike was pleasant, but stressful in the muddy areas - and there weren't many areas that weren't muddy! Especially down in the valleys, it was better for the section on the ridge. Very grateful to the previous posters who talked about footwear - I was just about ok in hiking boots, but when I was trying to move faster on the way back I ended up in it to the ankle a couple of times. Trainers would have been inadequate, anything else a disaster! As it was a hike that the ticket office guy said should take about two hours return took me four..

I opted not to take a guide and had to ask directions a couple of times. Might have been nice to have one, but for anyone who doesn't want to take one (if you have a tight budget and have had to pay for parking in addition to the Q35 entry fee, for eg), I took some notes of areas where it's not immediately clear which way to go:

15°08′24.96″N 90°07′11.72″W - take the lower path that cuts down and left, over a little bridge across the stream, and then the path that curves round to the left through a separate narrow valley

15°08′24.48″N 90°07′24.37″W turn right up the steeper and what looks like the less muddy path - this section was treacherous though!

15°08′32.12″N 90°07′29.7″W turn right onto the bigger path

15°08′51.7″N 90°07′35.19″W Descent to the falls begins here, bear right and down

15°09′01.21″N 90°07′34.06″W left to the smaller waterfall, El Saltito (just a few minutes' detour - it's actually the top section of a much bigger waterfall but I don't think there's anywhere with a view of it all), right for the steeper descent to the main event. It's signposted. A few hundred metres down towards the big one is the toilet, with a flat space big enough for a tent nearby.

15°09′01.59″N 90°07′30.54″W cross the stream bed amd follow the path out the other side some 10m below

15°08′59.84″N 90°07′26.45″W end point

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While I was parked up in the main car park the evening before hiking to the falls, somebody came down to warn me it wasn't a safe place to leave a vehicle, with a history of break-ins (this despite the guy at the ticket booth insisting it was totally safe) - said the last victim was a cousin of the footballer Messi, and that he wasn't impressed! I had a peaceful night there but in the morning drove to the first building on the right, several hundred metres back from the parqueo, and they were happy to let me leave the van on their grounds, for a tip.

The hike was pleasant, but stressful in the muddy areas - and there weren't many areas that weren't muddy! Especially down in the valleys, it was better for the section on the ridge. Very grateful to the previous posters who talked about footwear - I was just about ok in hiking boots, but when I was trying to move faster on the way back I ended up in it to the ankle a couple of times. Trainers would have been inadequate, anything else a disaster! As it was a hike that the ticket office guy said should take about two hours return took me four..

I opted not to take a guide and had to ask directions a couple of times. Might have been nice to have one, but for anyone who doesn't want to take one (if you have a tight budget and have had to pay for parking in addition to the Q35 entry fee, for eg), I took some notes of areas where it's not immediately clear which way to go:

15°08′24.96″N 90°07′11.72″W - take the lower path that cuts down and left, over a little bridge across the stream, and then the path that curves round to the left through a separate narrow valley

15°08′24.48″N 90°07′24.37″W turn right up the steeper and what looks like the less muddy path - this section was treacherous though!

15°08′32.12″N 90°07′29.7″W turn right onto the bigger path

15°08′51.7″N 90°07′35.19″W Descent to the falls begins here, bear right and down

15°09′01.21″N 90°07′34.06″W left to the smaller waterfall, El Saltito (just a few minutes' detour - it's actually the top section of a much bigger waterfall but I don't think there's anywhere with a view of it all), right for the steeper descent to the main event. It's signposted. A few hundred metres down towards the big one is the toilet, with a flat space big enough for a tent nearby.

15°09′01.59″N 90°07′30.54″W cross the stream bed amd follow the path out the other side some 10m below

15°08′59.84″N 90°07′26.45″W end point

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