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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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Our fourth day has been spent on Lake Atitlan at a town called Panajachel which is so named after a local tree. We have a delightful hotel overlooking the lake with sight of two volcanoes, San Pedro and Atitlan with a third Toliman the highest in the distance at 3,500 metres. The lake is the crater from an explosion in quite recent times- 1.8 million years ago! Apparently the volcanoes stopped erupting 40,000 years ago except for Atitlan which last erupted 1853. ...
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
... of tune, but great to listen to and watch as the trumpets and the kids swayed to the beat.
We went back to jetty for the next lancha to San Pedro. The land was a bit flatter here compared to where our hotel sat so the rising water level had left trees dying 30 metres out in the lake.
The first thing we noticed when we arrived in San Pedro was how narrow the cobbled streets were, although not colonial ...