Daytripper: Cool Trips. Close By.
Daytripper is XelaWho’s regular monthly series on day trips within easy reach of Xela. This month’s article is called: Towards Llanos del Pinal
We began, picking up 7a Avenida at its junction with 11th Calle in Zone 1 where it heads towards Zunil and Almalonga. After a brief, exhaust shrouded walk up the steep mini-highway we took the inviting cobblestones of a side road on the right just as 7a flattens out and veers left. We followed the side road, hugging the hill side.
After a gated community we noticed that shiny cars were no longer passing us and that no cars at all were passing after leaving a small pueblo behind. The road became dirt, then rocky, then more just a footpath, with fields of cultivated flowers stretching out on both sides and a stunning view of sweeping mountains on our left.
There was a point where we questioned if the path would in fact continue; just a one foot wide beaten earth snake weaving through fields and trees but it always did.. On the final leg the plants had overgrown the chute-like path and when we emerged we were at the paths end where it teed off on 11th Calle once again.
This time we were on the wide and dusty section that leads east out of Xela in the shadow of Santa Maria. Having left early we were back by mid-day, the ten miles only taking us 5 or so hours.