Lake Atitlan ~ Panajachel, Guatemala

December 1-3

Lake Atitlan

Lake Atitlan

Panajachel (Pana) is located only 90 miles from Guatemala City. On the banks of Lake Atitlan, it is the home of 15,000 residents and a tourist hub for the area.

“Panajachel” derives from the Kaqchikel language and roughly translates to “place of the Matasanos,” the white sapote fruit tree.” ~ Wikipedia

Walking down the main street, Santander, the way is solidly lined with vendors, small shops, tables loaded with hand-made goods and several restaurants scattered in. This was a hippie settlement in the 1960’s and although most of the gringos left the area during the Guatemalan Civil War, there is still that “free spirit” vibe alive and well here.

Mayan woman selling woven goods

Mayan woman selling woven goods

The Mayan culture is strong with many indigenous still keeping their culture alive, wearing traditional clothing, living in small villages, and speaking their own dialect. Many women can be seen wearing a colorful hand-woven blouse (huipil) and skirt. Each village has their own unique design pattern and color for their huipil. They walk up and down the streets selling hand-made scarves, beaded goods, or wall hangings.

Lining the streets are tables offering up necklaces, bracelets, purses, brightly colored clothing, wallets, and so much more. Prices are very reasonable and negotiating is part sport and part art.

Street food is abundant with choices of grilled corn, fried chicken, and roasted nuts. I can not vouch whether or not it is safe for the Western digestive system…

Here are a few typical scenes:

Pot of flowers

Pot of flowers

Making tortillas

Making tortillas

Church

Church

Inside a grocery store

Inside a grocery store

Boat pier

Boat pier

Small restaurant

Small restaurant

Typical street

Typical street scene

Pier

Pier

Gratitude Moment: Today I  am so excited – I just got the great news that my nephew, Ian, has proposed to his long-time girlfriend, Nadia. She said YES! Congratulations to both of them!!!

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About Tim and Joanne Joseph

Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our "next chapter". At a stage in life where traveling the world, taking pictures, and sharing our adventures with friends and family will be our dream come true.
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8 Responses to Lake Atitlan ~ Panajachel, Guatemala

  1. Gorgeous photos! I especially love the first few — the sun over the lake and the local people in their colorful garb. It seems like a very interesting place to visit.

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  2. John Love says:

    I went back and reviewed you previous two posts as the wedding, scenery, people, and the local architecture were so wonderful to see and read about. You have a gift for story telling and what you choose to show us. The fact that you are a caring individual also shines through, just so you know! You are enjoying life and great friends, and allowing some of us lucky (followers) to come along, thank you!

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  3. sam says:

    Lake Atitlan is gorgeous!! All the pictures are beautiful Joanne. Congratulations to Ian 😍 xoxo

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  4. Ron says:

    Beautiful photos. Beautiful people.

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