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Village Hop on Kayaks

Santa Catarina PalopóGuatemala
Worth a detour
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Alok Singh
‘Lake Como surrounded by volcanoes’ is how Aldous Huxley described Lake Atitlan.
The lake is surrounded by 11 ethnic towns and villages and we rented kayaks to explore the villages. We passed several fisherman in their cayucos and saw some birds but peacefulness was the prevailing sentiment.
We met an 82 year old woman weaver and her daughter in San Juan village who use only natural dyes for weaving their huipiles. While we caught only one word in four, we enjoyed a vigorous conversation on which animal and plant dyes they use to create color.
San Pedro village had very happening cafes and bars. Guatemalan coffee is as good as the best we have had with its high elevation and warm humid climate creating a well balanced coffee.
The Tzumen ‘Ya’ Museum was interesting to learn about the culture and lake formation.