The last of the central highland Mayan villages I visited during this trip to Guatemala was Santiago Atitlan, a 90-minute boat ride across Lake Atitlan, Central America’s deepest lake, from my base in Pana.

Boating near the base of the San Pedro Volcano on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. May 24th 2013.

Boating near the base of the 3,020-metre high San Pedro Volcano on Lake Atitlan, one of 30 volcanic peaks found in Guatemala, only 4 of which are active. The lake, surrounded by volcanic peaks, is itself a volcanic crater filled with water. It’s also, at 340 metres, the deepest lake in Central America. On this particular morning, my last in the highland lake region before returning to Antigua, the lake was placid and gentle, a far cry from how it had been up to this point. I also (finally) got a glimpse of the lakeside volcanic peaks that make this area so idyllic – they had been covered by cloud for all the days prior. I captured this picture mid-morning when I was making the 1-hour lake crossing from Pana to Santiago Atitlan. Returning a few hours later the lake was as choppy as I had become accustomed to seeing it over the previous few days and the volcanoes were once again covered by cloud. Four days living in the shadow of this peak and this is the only glimpse I got of it. May 24th 2013.

Smiles in a lane in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. May 24th 2013.

Young smiles & old frowns in a lane in Santiago Atitlan (map-pointer-icon), Guatemala. May 24th 2013.

Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. May 24th 2013.

Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. May 24th 2013.

Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. May 24th 2013.

Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. May 24th 2013.

Market day in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. May 24th 2013.

Market day in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. May 24th 2013.

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More Mayan Markets
Pictures & video from my other Guatemalan Mayan Market visits.
1 || Solola
2 || Chichicastenango (Chichi)

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