In Santiago Atitlan Mayan Indians living Tzutuhil ethnicity, which are distinguished by the clothes especially for the use of shorts on men. This town is accessed by boat (one hour) from Panajachel, on the other side of the lake and with access road. Market has a permanent home and a colonial church, with a huge cross in your place of entry. Great views of the lake.
Maximón is a doll that represents the devil, Judas Iscariot and Pedro de Alvarado, Spanish conquistador who swept into the area. This figure worships only three places in Guatemala. Ask the lads of the village by its location changes every year because of the house, and then you have to ask permission, and pay, the brothers responsible for saving. It makes it an offering of cigars, alcohol and every photograph and copal charge. Some business, but worth the visit.
They say it is the most beautiful lake in the world. Located 1500 meters above sea level, flanked by three volcanoes waters: Atitlan volcano (3,535 meters) volcano Toliman (3,158 m) and San Pedro volcano (3,020 meters). On its shores is also home to twelve people baptized with names of saints and apostles, whose residents belong to two different ethnic groups: Cakchiquel and Tzutuhil. A haven of peace, with multiple possibilities: boat rides, climb the volcanoes, markets ... Unforgettable.
The hotel Santiago rent canoes to paddle on the lake. We must be cautious and not get away from the shore because you can suddenly lift wind, waves and have problems. But it is a great way to admire the life of the lake, with fishermen in their wooden canoes, the men in the fields (milpa) and colorful women washing their clothes on the banks. Remember to be respectful with your photos and always ask permission before making any.