Voyage to South America travel blog

Volcan San Pedro 3020m from Panajachel across Lago de Atitlan

Looking down on San Marcos La Laguna

August 11, 2010

We arrived in Panajachel yesterday in the early afternoon and unloaded the bike and waked around for the rest of the afternoon and hit the hay early.

Panajachel sits on the banks of Lago de Atitan. The lake is 8km’s north to south and 18km’s east to west and averages 300m in depth. It took about 2 ½ hours to get here from Antigua. The lake is surrounded by volcanoes and steep valleys.

There are a lot of foreigners here and everything is geared to the tourist whether they are Guatemalan, Salvadorian for otherwise.

Today we went on a fairly big ride. We left Pana around 8am and got back to Pana around 5pm. We got soaked.

The ride took us up to the Pan-American Highway and to highland plateau. We then plunged down to the lake again passing through some small villages on our way. We stopped at a village called San Clara La Laguna. We got to walking through the market and soon discovered that there was some sort of District fair going on. They had everything; carnival type games, tons of food stalls and carnival rides. There were three sizes of Farris wheel. Cara went on the largest. It was very make shift and she looked scared. Man, did I laugh. I had a couple of tacos that were so so. We then started to make way to San Marcos La Laguna. The book said it was supposed to be special. Maybe it is, but just riding through we didn’t see much. We stopped at a mirador and I dropped the bike and tweaked my foot. No big deal. We then rode to Tzununa. That was the end of the road. The road doesn’t circumnavigate the lake. ½ of our trip was on gravel and there were a lot of wet muddy sections. Electra has her knobbies on and I adjusted the air pressure and set up the suspension. All was good!

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