The indigenous Chachikel Mayans of Lake Atitlan
The indigenous Chachikel Mayans living on the shores of volcano-fringed Lake Atitlan will welcome you into their colourful villages and incense and candle-laden homes with an astounding friendliness and grace. They’ve welcomed outsiders for 800 years while keeping their traditions intact, and children and adults alike show their craft and rituals with an ease and humour that belies any language barrier. Indeed, you’ll be taken with all the people around the lake and in the vibrant town of Panajachel, the main accommodation, dining and nightlife base for exploring the Guatemalan Highlands. Visit villages by boat and experience the true vibrant heart of Guatemala.