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Sep 18, 2011 - San Juan and our home-stay

We left Panajachel by boat across Lake Atitlan top do a tour of some of the villages on the shore before we got to San Juan (where we're doing our home-stay this evening). Lake Atitlan has 12 major villages where six different Mayan languages are spoken. In San Pedro, the first village on our tour, we visited a number of shops and saw an old catholic church; but the most interesting thing we saw on the island was a bit of Mayan syncretic religion known as Maximun (pronounced "mashi-moon"). Maximun is a carved wood statue who lives in the...

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Sep 8, 2009 - The magical Lake Atitlan

September 2, 2009,Wednesday,Massages at the Bela Spa, a relaxing day with some planning and laundry. September 3, 2009,Thursday,Market day to stock up for the Atitlan trip, an update the website day and Paid bills.. September 4, 2009,Friday-Left Antigua for Lake Atitlan-Camped at Hotel Vision Azul. We took John and Sharon out to breakfast at a beautiful garden restaurant next to their complex. It has been so nice to have hot showers, a large bed, and a beautiful home for recuperating from daily traveling and decision making. We then left...

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Jun 24, 2008 - On the road to Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Lake Atitlan is at about 5100 foot elevation. This road takes one up mountains considerably higher than the lake and allows some breath-taking views. I basically stayed at the largest pueblo on the lake, Panajachel, which has a good size expatriate population and tourism is a big part of its economy. There were a lot of locales who spoke good English, many of whom had lived in the states. Crossing the border into Guatemala was quite simple. However, one of those unexpected occurrences came up. The lazer printer used to print the entry form...

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Feb 18, 2008 - The wind and the spray!

After another long lie (I need to make up for those early mornings in school), I wandered down to the town for a brief look at the streets and a look at the lake. Sadly it was very cloudy over the lake, so I haven't yet got any of the shots of the fabulous volcanos surrounding it. Seduced by the cheapness of the ride (roughly about $3), I jumped into a little lancha to cross the lake to Santiago Atitlan, on the opposite side from Pana. I seemed to be the only tourist passenger, as all the others seemed to be small women hauling bundles...

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