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Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

We woke up to find that the rain is not letting up. This bit of bad news means that we will not be going on our zip line tour today. From what we were told, the cables that will be supporting us must be relatively dry. For now, the zip line tour has been rescheduled for tomorrow at 8:30 am. We can only hope that rain plays nicely tomorrow.
Since our zip line excursion didn’t go as planned, we took a ferry across the lake to Panajachel. Panajachel is an old Myan city where the old customs are still practiced today. As we pulled into the harbor, the shores were filed with the women of the city doing their laundry. Even though most of the women have washing machines at home the women prefer to meet at the lake so they can catch up on the gossip. During our ferry ride, we got a glimpse of the San Pedro, Toliman and Atitlan volcanos. Typically these volcanos are reflected in the azure waters of Lake Atitlan but due to the elevation, rain and clouds we were luck to see them at all.
We visited another church and took a quick unscheduled tour through one of the local priest’s home Quite an interesting visit.
In addition to the zip line being cancelled, our trip to graveyard was also hacked. The graveyard that we were going to visit was one of the graveyards where the caskets are hung on the side of a cliff. I don’t think that we will be visiting the graveyard tomorrow as the graveyard and the zip line location are on opposite sides of the lake. Too bad, I would have like to see the graveyard.
Did I fail to mention that it was pouring the entire time while visiting Panajachel? We are glad that we brought our rain jackets as they came in very handy. Some of the other people in our group didn’t have protection from the rain and ended up getting some ponchos from a local vendor for about .75 cents each. Such the deal.
On our way back to the ferry, we passed through one of the market places. Once again, the vendors were not too bad. We ended up buying a few trinkets. Not sure which ones we will keep or give away to family yet. I would post a few pictures of what we bought but I would rather show them in person.
Okay, back on the ferry and off to lunch. After lunch, we will be on our own for the rest of the day. Dinner is on our own tonight. Carlos recommended a few places that are “safe” for tourists to eat at. What I mean by safe is, food safe. We believe that this town is probably the safest town we have visited so far.


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