Postcard from Lago de Atitlán

Like all good postcards, this arrives after we’ve left our last location. Spending time in this spectacularly beautiful area is something I would highly recommend. We’ll write in more detail later about the various villages and activities on the lake, but for now, just a few images to pique your interest.

Our home for five nights:

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> In Panajachel, near the dock:

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> Santo Tomás cathedral in Santiago:

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> Maximón, the patron saint of Santiago–a mix of a Mayan trickster god and Judas Iscariot. Locals pay tribute in alcohol, tobacco and money.

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> Long hike to Santa Cruz (our lodge is in the distance, just below the bend of that large tree branch in the left foreground), we were rewarded with this view…

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> …and this delicious pepián lunch (a whopping $4) at the CECAP vocational/culinary school cafe: >

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> Sunday market in Chichicastenango, flowers and much, much more…

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> Another hike, this time up into the 100-acre nature preserve behind the lodge.

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> This view never got old:

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> Really, this is one of the most beautiful places on earth.

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