Saturday, April 21, 2007

Panajachel, Guatemala

Today’s destination was Panajachel on the edge of the great Lake Atitlan. We left Antigua with no problems and traveled 109 miles over some super twisted roads. The roads were good two-lane highway without much traffic but the routes through the mountains required many sharp turns and switchbacks. We went as high as 8800 feet (65 degrees F) and then down to Lake Atitlan (5400). The lake is quite several miles wide. We wanted to see the three volcanic peaks that surround the lake but the air was thick and gray.

Panajachel is crammed with colorful vendors of Mayan crafts. Ginette was buying from one woman who had here woven products bundled on here head while carrying a baby on her back. Halfway into the sale her baby complained of hunger so he got one breast while she continued to show products.

The hotel here is great, a place of tranquility.

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