Lago de Atitlan

Trip Start Nov 16, 2009
Trip End Apr 16, 2010

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Flag of Guatemala  , Western Highlands,
Monday, December 28, 2009

We made our way via shuttle van for a 2 1/2 hour ride to Guatemala’s most dramatic region-the highlands and our first stop along the route “Lago de Atitlan (Lake Atitlan)”.  Here the verdant hills sport emerald green grass, cornfields and towering stands of pine, with each village telling its own story of history and culture.  Our home base was the largest city around the lake “Panajachel.” 

We spend a few days walking, window shopping, drinking coffee and eating.  Than taking the local ferry service (which is the only way to reach some of the villages along the lake) for a stop at “Santiago Atitlan” and “San Pedro La Laguna." I have included a short video (Note: you have to click on the video to see it, it will not run under the slideshow function) of one of the activities we found on the streets.  Many opportunities for pictures of the local people, their dress and the way it looks to shop for food at the market.

The traditional values and customs of the countries indigenous peoples are strongest here in the highlands.  Maya dialects are the 1st language, Spanish a distant second.  We seems to continue to work magic in creating our own form of communications via English, Spanish and hand signals!
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tendashseven on

OMG! What a gorgeous location! I know this is not "the beach", but with the lake, mountains and central location - this looks like it might make my top 10 list of potenal places to retire. Did not even think of it until now. I think I'll start researching Guatemala right now. Keep the posts coming!

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