My favourite place in Guatemala is Lake Atitlán, in the department of Sololá. The lake, of great beauty, is located 1,560 meters above sea level.

Did you know it is surrounded by the volcanoes Atitlán, San Pedro and Tolimán?

Several populations settle in the hills surrounding the lake and preserve their Mayan tradition.

Santiago Atitlán, where the women dress in their hand-woven huipiles made with beautiful colours, has a market on Fridays where artisans sell their crafts.

San Lucas Tolimán, located at the foot of the Tolimán volcano, has a market on Thursdays and Sundays. Coffee is grown in the surrounding area.

San Antonio Palopó, on the shores of the lake, with a white church located on the hillside. Santa Catarina Palopó is another town, also on the shores of the lake where one of my favourite hotels, Casa Palopó, is located.

Panajachel, on the shores of the lake, was very popular among foreigners in the 60s and 70s.

Santa Cruz La Laguna, located up the hill. San Marcos La Laguna is a very quiet place, perfect for relaxing.

San Pedro La Laguna has many evangelical churches. In the village live many zutuhil artists. This painting, which takes place in this area, has a Mayan influence.

The best way to get from one village to another is by boat. On the lake, it is possible to practice water sports while enjoying unparalleled views.

For more information about zutuhil painting.

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