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Travel Blogs from Panajachel
Today we took a boat cruise from our hotel (Hotel Aitilan) to Santiago Atitlan
which was directly across the lake. (about a 45 minute boat ride)
Lake Atitlan has been described (by Aldous Huxley) as one of the most beautiful
lakes in the world. The lake is dominated by three dormant volcanoes and ringed
by many Mayan villages where …
Today we travelled by bus to Chichicastenango. This small town has a very
unique market of Mayan textiles. They city was about 3hrs from Guatemala
city. We had to drive through the mountains from about 5000 to 8000ft. Since
it was a long ride, we did stop along the way. At one of the stops we saw
a woman making fresh tortillas and …
We joined Pablo on a boat for a tour of Lake Atitlan. This is a large lake in the Guatemalan Highlands and is the deepest lake in Central America and is surrounded by three volcanoes, two extinct and one dormant. Surrounding the lake are towns and villages of Maya people who speak one of three Maya languages – Kaqchiquel, Tzutuhil, Quiche. …
After breakfast Pablo met us to take us to Chichicastenango Market. Market days are Thursdays and Sundays and it is home to what is the most colourful native market in Central America where vendors of textiles, leathers, jewelery masks, ponchos and tourist items along with everyday goods come from all over Guatemala.
As soon as we arrived …
Before leaving for Lake Atitlan we managed to squeeze in a tour of the hotel grounds with the children. We were really sorry to leave Antiqua as we felt we had not really spent long enough to explore here and visit some of the museums.
We were driving to Iximche which was a Maya Cakchiquel (no idea what that means) city founded in …