Earlier today we hiked the San Pedro volcano. A beautiful and well-marked path, mainly through the jungle, with a couple nice “miradores” or viewpoints.
On the other hand, on the way down (about 200m below the summit, at a hut/cabana), we were attacked by a group of 5 young men armed with machetes and pointed wooden sticks (luckily no firearms). We were a group of 5 tourists accompanied by 2 local guides, one from the park and the second from the travel agency. They arrived from multiple sides, luckily not blocking the way down: the two guides defended us with their walking sticks, but two people, whilst covering the other’s run down the path, left their backpacks to the bandits. One of us got cut by a machete, luckily they didn’t follow us down any further!
Altogether, a part of the experience we’d gladly have bypassed, but the trail and views from the top are stunning.
With more safety, definitely a must!