Guest Post by Brandon Villatoro (Travel Experta’s Son)
Climbing just got that much more fun in Guatemala!
Belay Partners Hostal is a new hostel located right beside the best climbing rock in Amatitlan, Guatemala.
Usually, when I want to go climbing in the rock it is very difficult because afternoon (12 pm) the sun starts really burning up the rock. It takes about an hour to go to the rock from where I live and sometimes it’s hard to wake up early to go there then hike up and its not very much climbing time.
The hostel is literally right in front of the rock.
The hostel is great and the owners Carlos and Juliana are really fun people and they are also life long climbers. There is a camping area so you can bring a tent to camp there. In a few months, they will have a climbing wall there so you can keep climbing after the sun comes out or if it is raining.
The food is super tasty. For breakfast, they have food like beans, eggs, and plantain. For lunch and dinner, there are hot dogs with very interesting toppings and falafels and other things like brownies. Juliana is from Venezuela, and the food is called Malandro.
The rock in Amatitlan is very crimpy almost all the holds are crimps or very bad slopers and some few pockets, but mostly crimps.
To climb well in Amatitlan you need a lot of technique because it is harder to hang on crimps than on good holds so cutting your feet from the rock isn’t very good, but common. So if you are ever planning to go to Amatitlan keep in mind that you need a lot of finger strength.
They also have fingerboards and other fun ways to keep climbing even after you’ve finished.
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