There are instances when we feel like we have already traveled some of the best tourists destinations in the world without thinking that there are still majestic place left uncovered, just like Guatemala. Ever since Aldous Huxley visited the place eighty years ago, writer have been raving about the natural beauty of Lago Atitlan, one of the most breathtaking places in Guatemala. There are so many things that you have to be aware of regarding Lago Atitlan and one of which is the fact that they are surrounded by three volcanoes and a lake that is ringed by a number of Maya villages, all have their own beliefs and culture and some that are still unspoiled, albeit the coming of tourism in the said place. If you want to go to Atitlan, we suggest that you spend an entire week there as doing so will give you the chance of experiencing its unique blend of Maya tradition and some sort of hippy culture as well that has sprung up.
The primary place that you should go to when visiting Lago Atitlan is the Panajachel which was first founded by what we pertained to as the beatniks in the year nineteen fifty’s and ever since then, it has become one of the most popular lakeside settlements in Guatemala. The hotels are shopping centers there, specially for textiles are excellent and though it is now in a form of a resort, you will still love how they preserve the beauty of the lake.
We have another place in Guatemala that we want you to try like the Santiago Atitlan which has a market that is non-touristy and frenetic and often starts every early morning on a Friday. If you want to try going on a flea market, then this is the place for you since it offers a riot of colors and commerce from people in the highland areas who are overloaded with vegetables and textile weaving materials that are present from the docks to the plaza. You need not have to go too far from the market in order for you to see the shrine of the Mayan pagan Saint Maximon, the textile museum and the Parish Church as well as they are very near.
The neighboring San Pedro is another Mayan village wherein you will see a multitude of language schools and cheapo digs for backpacking bong-puffers and bongo drummers, especially since the place has become Guatemala’s countercultural center in the last decade. Other than that, it is to be expected of you to love the taste of the delicious dishes you can try for the many restaurants there, not to mention how you have the chance of hiking up the nearby San Pedro volcano.
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