Thursday, April 15, 2010

Lake Atitlan: The Apostles and the Lakeside Villages of La Laguna

After visiting Santiago Atitlan and admiring this stunning sunrise, we will continue our journey around Lake Atitlan, where we will find several small towns most of them called La Laguna, in this order: San Pedro La Laguna, San Juan La Laguna, Santa Clara La Laguna, San Pablo La Laguna, Santa Cruz La Laguna, and San Jorge La Laguna.
View to San Pedro (on the slopes of the volcano) and San Juan La Laguna.
Close to Santa Clara La Laguna, in the inland, we can visit Santa Maria Visitacion and San Andres Sajcabaja. 
View to the Sierra Panimaquin. 
Also in the inland but not so close to the lake, are the rest of municipalities of the Solola Department: Santa Lucia Utatlan, San Juan Cotzal, Santa Catarina Ixtahuacan, and further away, Nahuala, a place that despite its relative isolation has developed an important rustic furniture and wooden carvings industry, spread all over Central America.
Mural in San Juan La Laguna.
In as much as I would love to stop in each one of these little towns, I am afraid it would probably turn out too repetitive since they are very similar in customs, artistic contribution, traditions, rituals and ceremonies, and definitely, the landscape dominated by the beautiful lake and the majestic volcanoes.
Cofradia in San Jorge La Laguna.
So today, instead of sharing history fragments, stories and anecdotes, not even cooking recipes, I decided to share with you marvelous images.
Cayucos on the shore.
This is why I am in love with my Guatemala!
 The Sunset.

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