|Evangelical Sects have made large inroads into the supposedly|
all Catholic population
We don't agree (and probably neither did he). We hired a small tour boat and driver to take us around Lake Atilan for a day. We stayed in Panajachel for 3 nights at Hotel Regis but there are many villages and towns around the lake, each with it's own atmosphere and traditions. We visited 3 other towns; Santa Clara La Laguna, San Pedro and Santiago. The first two are local villages of course but have a heavy influx of "hippies" and those seeking a spiritual or otherwise alternate lifestyle. There were "Tin Tin" cafes, near east cuisine, signs for yoga, and such.
|There is a lovely walk along the lake at Panajachel|
At Santa Clara we visited a women's cooperative and had a demonstration of the process of creating textiles from scratch, which they do here. Their products were beautiful but probably appropriately pricey. Heather bought a traditional embroidered blouse and promptly put it on for the day.
At San Pedro we stopped for coffee and an enterprising and charming young woman sold Heather a long tie which they use to bind up their
|Picture opportunity for many of the tourists or locals|
|Our "docent" explained the process of|
converting raw cotton into finished thread
In this cooperative they use natural dies.
|After harvesting the cotton balls they beat them flat|
|Colorful display of their products, matched up already|
|We had an adorable onlooker|
|Heather couldn't resist this beautiful blouse|
|Down by the lake white herons preened|
|My friend arranged my hair to match|
|Curious kids everywhere|
|Tin Tin Cafe, always a favorite|
|We couldn't resist this photo opportunity|
|There were hedges of these orange flowers|
|The Lake is also a laundromat|
|Jeanette and Alan enjoying our private boat cruise|
|A group of kids wait for a bus - notice the girls are in native|
dress but none of the boys