April 2012 - Guatemala

Semana Santa with Jana & Josef Cernikovsky

Trip around Lake Atitlan
See also other pages:  Guatemala's Caribbean    ...   Antigua's Semana Santa
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From the Mirador, "look-out" on the Pan-American highway, on a clear day, you see the lake and its volcanoes from a long way away.
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Most of these photos are from the various cameras that Josef Cernikovsky carries with him.  Some are mine.  We had a great trip, as usual.  The lake is so spectacular and the towns, markets and people, so colourful.  I think that many of the photos show that very well.  Each image has a larger one behind it, if you click, one that will fit on your screen.  The page is quite long and it may take a while to load or it may blow up your computer. 


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View from the old Mirador on the main road ...


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... and from the one near the lake, recently reconstructed

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A man in Sololá, above Lake Atitlan

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Jana with Juana

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Jana haggling to get a good price on an obsidian cat at the Mirador
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Jana with Jose

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OK, I got a good price on the cat ... it will go to Vermont as a thank you to our cat-sitter

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Panajachel, by the lake, is sometimes called "gringo-tenango", but over the Semana Santa it was more "Maya-tenango", full of people in colourful clothes.

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Panajachel was full.  The little girl gets a ride on her mother's back.

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Men, as well as women in typical "traje".

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Men, as well as women in typical "traje" on Calle Santander, Panajachel's main street.

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She comes from Santa Catarina Palopo, you can tell by her "huipil"

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Let's buy a few earrings!

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You can buy Mayan dogs ...

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... or Barbies dressed in traditional Maya clothes

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Hair for sale, complete with a Jamaican hat and dreadlocks. 
The market has just about everything that you would want to buy.

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This woman is in Santiago de Atitlan, the other side of the lake,
where we went the next day (see below).

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Shop till you drop, then relax by the pool.

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At Barry & Nannette's house in Santa Catarina Palopo, after shopping.

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Did we buy enough earrings ?  No, no, we have to buy more tomorrow!

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Lake Atitlan at sunset

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Barry & Nannette's house in Santa Catarina Palopo ...

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... also spectacular at night.  Click on any photo to see a larger image.

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The moon is very bright over Volcano San Pedro.  You, too can enjoy the same view.  Just visit http://casatzampoc.com/ and make a reservation! 
It's a steep drive up the hill, but the views are to die for.  See a couple panoramas below, taken from the terrace of their house.

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Click to see a big image of this one.  You, too can enjoy the same view.  Visit http://casatzampoc.com/!  This is called advertising.


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This is where Josef's big fancy camera comes in very handy. 
 
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Water level in the lake went up 2 meters in the past couple of years. 
Here palm trees are flooded as are rooftops beyond them of a new park.

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Santiago is full of colourful shops with a huge variety of arts and crafts.
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In Panajachel, people speak Kakchiquel. 
Here, in Santiago, just across the lake, they speak Tz'utujil.

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The main square is always full of men wearing their traditional "traje". 
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Women washing laundry in the lake, near simple fishing boats. 
We were here on a weekend. 
During the week, there are dozens of women washing.
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This is a taxi.  And it is very overloaded. 
We were in Panabaj, where a 2005 landslide
 during hurricane Stan buried some 400 people in mud.

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... and so she bought it.  I am sure that Santiago needs financial stimulation for its economy and that day we did our very best to help. 
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Amazing selection of colours.

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Here are huipiles made into table runners.  One of them is now in Vermont.
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Woman selling mangoes in the market. 
Everyone is wearing what Jana, just above is looking at.

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This is material out which skirts are made, see them on the left.
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Even the ropes in the market come in many colours.

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Guatemala is the center of the world.
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The streets of Santiago are full of shops for tourists ...
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... and the market is for locals, just as full of people.

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From Santiago Atitlan, Manuel took us on a long ride to lunch in San Lucas Toliman, at the foot of the Toliman Volcano.  We passed fishermen.  

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In the restaurant, they had hummingbird feeders that were popular.  Some of Josef's cameras can capture them in flight.

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On the way we passed by Barry & Nannette's house. It is left of center of the photo, a white house above a bright orange house.

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