The energetic positivity brought on by the sunset Perquin carried on into the evening as we sat around a bonfire in the wilderness. Members of the travel group recounted chistes (jokes) and sang songs while I mourned the fact that we were completely lacking of marshmallows.
When it came time to sleep, Gavan, Nelson and I returned to our cabana and settled into our beds. Due to the high altitude of Perquin, the temperature drops considerably in the evening. Unfortunately, Hotel Arizona only provides a single, thin sheet to keep yourself warm in the cold evenings. I ended up sleeping with my jacket and socks on, as well as taking a shot of rum, to keep warm in the frigid night.
At around 5:15 I awoke to the sound of Nelson bustling around the room. He said he was headed out to catch the sunrise, so Gavan and I groggily got dressed to join him knowing it was something that couldn’t be missed.
The three of us trekked along the main road until we reached perfect alignment with the orange glow forming over the horizon. We sat perched on the edge of a few rocks to watch the sun’s morning glow stretch out across the mountainsides. That warm and peaceful feeling overcame me once again, calming me and feeding a another heavy dose of energy.
It seemed it was over too soon. I couldn’t remember the last time I watched the sunrise or how fast it seemed to creep up over the mountains. Rather than head back, we decided to partake in some more exploring and wander this peculiar terrain and even spotted a small river before engaging in a rock fight. There was plenty of ammo at our disposable, though it’s hard to tell who won.
When we returned to the hotel we had a traditional breakfast and then headed out on another hike to a waterfall. The waterfall itself was located in a national park with campsites and other hiking trails, but once I caught glimpse of crystal clear water, it became my only concern.
The waterfall formed a series of pools beneath it, with the one directly below being the deepest and best for swimming. Cold, clean and fresh is the best way I can think of describing the water. I’m not quite sure if I’ve swam in a cleaner, natural water source, and this was after Lake Coatepeque.
We spent a few hours swimming and lying in the sun before returning to Hotel Arizona. As I packed up my luggage and got everything in order, I was hit with this strange feeling.
I loved this place, and yet some part of me knew that it might be the last time in my life I would ever see it. It’s a good four hours away from Suchitoto and there’s still plenty to see before my time here in El Salvador is done. What are the odds that I might ever get the time and money to make my way back to Perquin?
I boarded the bus and just told myself that, like an unforgettable night out with friends, the memory of an old relationship, or millions of other special moments, it’s better to not hold onto them and insist yourself upon them. Appreciate that you had your time with them and that it was special. Live in the moment and learn that some things you just have to let go.