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Cerro de la Cruz.

Located on the north end of the fascinating city of Antigua, Guatemala, this overlook gives a great vantage point of the entire city of Antigua, plus the volcanos that surround it.
In this photo, behind the cross, sits Volcan Agua. The most commanding, to the south of the city, the "Volcano of Water", is some 3766 meters (12,356 ft) high. When the Spanish arrived, the inhabitants of the zone, Kakchikel Mayas, called it Hunapú (and they still do). However, it became known as Volcán de Agua after a lahar from the volcano buried the second site of the capital, which prompted the Spanish authorities to move the capital to present-day Antigua.

It should be noted that in the past, the hill was famous for muggers waiting to pounce on unsuspecting visitors, and Antigua's tourism police were formed precisely to counter this threat. The Policía Municipal de Turismo offer a free escort, and it's still best to go with them. On guard near the entrance are armed guards as well. It is a populated spot in the daytime as of March 2013, and a quick open hike to the top--almost no incidents should occur these days.

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