|Flowers frame the view of the Atitlan and Toliman volcanoes (stacked) from the village of Santa Cruz.|
|Dusk falls over Lake Atitlan and the town dock in Santa Cruz la Laguna.|
Small to medium sized communities surround the lake, each with their own distinct character. Mayan culture dominates the area, but there are plenty of quirky expat 'gringos' living here and some of the towns are full of international travelers. The quaint village of San Marcos is particularly entertaining - it's full of spiritual seeking, crystal wearing new agers selling beads and smoking pot. Some locals refer to them as 'Trustifarians' (disenfranchised trust fund kids) - that made me chuckle!
|Sunset on the shore of Lake Atitlan at Santa Cruz la Laguna with the San Pedro volcano in the back.|
|Mayan girls in the Solola market, Guatemala.|
|Local grown veggies for sale at the small Saturday market in Santa Cruz la Laguna.|
|A fisherman paddles his cayuco (dugout canoe) at sunrise on Lake Atitlan. |
The plume of steam and ash is from an eruption of the distant Fuego Volcano.
|A fisherman's dugout canoe (cayuco) on the shore of Lake Atitlan.|