Friday, January 11, 2008

Our Vacation - Part 4 - Lake Atitlan

While in Panajachel, we took a boat tour of the lake. The natural beauty is overwhelming and pictures just do not do it justice. The lake is over 3000 feet deep, and it is surrounded by 3 volcanoes. The mountains literally fall directly into the water. There are no gently sloping shores. The shades of blue are so dramatic, it's indescribable.

We left early in the morning and sailed for over an hour to the first village, San Pedro la Laguna. As we arrived at the village, I begin to fear that we have bitten off more than we can chew. My mom is with us. She's over 70 and had a stroke a couple of years ago. She's not the most stable, sturdy walker I've ever seen. And this village goes straight up the mountain. Can we do this?

Yes, we can.

Anything that has the motivation of shopping is a challenge my mom can conquer. :-D Up the hill we went, cobblestones and all. We stopped at lots of shops along the way and rested every so often, but we did it.

We jumped back in the boat and headed to the next village, Santiago la Laguna (I think that's the name). This was a much smaller village and it was flat! Hallelujah! They had market stalls all along the road and we enjoyed a short time there.

Back to the boat. Another ride to Santa Catarina Polapo. This village was very small with lots of kids playing. The women and girls of this village wear their hair up in a special way. In one of the shops, a lady did Sugar's hair up so we could see how they do it.

Here are three little girls all dressed in their village clothes. Aren't they adorable?

All in all, it was a wonderful day and we had a lovely time experiencing the unique culture that each village has to offer.

Blessings to you,
Mamita J

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The pictures are so vivid, I can easily imagine having been there myself. S.