Porta Hotel Del Lago
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TravelPod Member ReviewsPorta Hotel Del Lago Panajachel
Not an authentic Guatemalan experience ... more like a spot of Yankee-land dumped by the lake, but an interesting change from staying local...
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... the trail. I didn't really think we would see monkeys or coatimundi but we saw both! The Wallace factor still operating! The photos might not be brilliant but it was great to see the wildlife. We also enjoyed the butterfly exhibit and tried in vain to capture the gloriously coloured insects on the camera. So back to the hotel by tuk tuk - an interesting ride- circumnavigating the police cars who were engaged in apprehending various peoples. A beer on the terrace ...
We piled into Glenn and Judy's awesome Toyota van (a small, 12 passenger, 4 cyl diesel - the only van I've ever coveted - they don't make these for use in the States) and motored west for Lake Atitlan, a lake that makes many top-ten lists for the most beautiful lakes in the world. It really was pretty, which is saying a lot given my high standards for pretty scenery. The terrain around ...
This lake is stunning. I unfortunately had an overcast day with fog, but even still it is amazing. On a clear day I imagine it would be mind blowing.
There are several Mayan villages surrounding the lake. really easily accessible by boat and alive with culture. Women and men in traditional dress and speaking in Mayan dialects. Markets are on and alive every day, especially on Fridays.
I visited two ...
... was mostly fruit, vegetables and dried fish but also baskets and pots. There were no stalls as such, most traders just sat on the ground and spread their wares around themselves - this made walking round the really busy market all the harder.
Close to the market, there was a barber shop and David was in need of a haircut, not that it was close to pony tail stage, just annoying and needed a trim. ...
... where I lived
D/M: Haha what are the chances - what number were you?
G: Oh, I can't remember
D/M: We lived on the left, the second lot of houses
G: I was on the left, down a driveway with four houses, I was the house on the bottom right, facing the mangroves
D/M: That sounds a bit like where we lived
Sarah: This is unreal, you can't have lived in the same house
D/M: We were 41A
G: I was just about to say that, I wish I said that first