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Lake Atitlan (Google Earth style)

San Marcos - Swimming off the cliffs on and along the peninsula...

Waking up to a cool little posada by the shore of the...

And the flowers outside our door were a fine complement to the...

Worthy of some closer inspection

Ah, the dining room - can't do this at home this time...

Traditional weavings on the tables, and a traditional sauna next door (the...

The San Marcos dock - a fine place to take a morning...

From the dock, looking across to San Pedro - the volcano and...

Off on our day of adventure, starting with a walk along the...

One of the other inns was a grand flower garden experience.

Not a great shot, but I do love these birds of paradise...

This one won the award for best fragance.

When peering up from the flowers, the landscape looked like so....

Across the western corner of the lake was the town of San...

San Pedro sits at the base of Volcan San Pedro, which I...

While driving in a tuk-tuk to San Pedro, I was able to...

.... and working in the fields.

Entering San Pedro, it was clear we were in coffee country.

Soon after, we came upon a coffee processing "plant."

Elma gets the low-down on how the process goes, so she can...

Once the beans have been husked (for lack of a better word),...

Interesting, the beans are washed in their own slurry, so as to...

A man carries a newly filled bag to the truck. Since the...

From atop a church in town, looking up at the town's namesake...

From the same vantage point, looking southeast to Volcan Toliman.

Heading back to San Marcos (right side) from our day trip to...

A look back at the volcano I would climb two days later...

Our San Marcos swimming playground is all along the small hill about...


Elma and I spent the first day in San Marcos and San Pedro, swimming, hiking, touring about, eating good food and taking a traditional sauna. The next day, she had to head home for some business, and I continued to keep a similarly relaxing pace - with only two tasks on my plate: sign up for the sunrise climb of Volcan San Pedro for the next day, and move to San Pedro, the town, for that crack of dawn start.

After the volcano hike on day three, I took a boat back to Panajachel, where I visited the man who sewed three shirts I have at home (which I have purchased from a woman who sells them at a local music festival every summer), and proceeded to buy six more - I like his style of Guatemalan shirts. Then I caught a bus back to Chimaltenango.



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