Hope you enjoy this second instalment of my Guatemalan trip
I woke early to see pink sky and had a short walk to see the sun rise over the lake.
Communal breakfast for those going on the shuttle bus to Chichiastenango market was around the big table at Jenna’s
The bus took about an hour and a half. The market was no where near as big as some of the Uzbek markets I have been to but even more colourful.
Here are just a few photos, I took lots!. We bought lots of thread and fabric, all much cheaper than at home.
We strolled into the hotel opposite the market to see the parrots in the garden.
On the way back I asked the driver to drop us at Solola so that we could photograph the cemetery – it looks so colourful that I really wanted to go. We were able to witness a procession of lots of men in traditional costume
We then caught a chicken bus back to the lake and walked to the posh hotel so that we could have a drink and watch the sun set over the lake, however it clouded over but still beautiful.
The gardens were lovely and it was good to watch the humming birds and photograph some of the flowers
The next day I took a load more photos of another spectacular sun rise
and we caught the first of many boats across the lake to Santa Cruz, only accessible by boat or foot. There, they run a very successful co –operative and I bought a scarf – hand woven in beautiful colours. The view from the top of the hill was spectacular.
On to San Marcos where I felt a little out of place, it is a place where many go to practice yoga, and probably many other things….
Next stop San Pedro, a visit to another co-op where they are making products using natural dyes
The town was a little disappointing as it seemed quite dirty.
On to San Yuan – well known for its weaving
Nice town, with some interesting shops and lots of weaving co-operatives.
Not all, selling genuine hand made products and some saying they were dyed using natural products but I am not sure that this is true.
We waited for a boat to the next town of Santiago Attilan but were advised to take a tut tut back to San Pedro. We waited a while and by the time we arrived at the next town we were told the last boat back to Pana was in 10 minutes so we didn’t get to see Santiago Attilan.
I’ll just have to make a return trip.
There’s more photos to come another day