All my best photos from San Juan La Laguna, in Lake Atitlán, Guatemala.
For the last ten days I’ve been volunteering at GuateSUP, a paddle-boarding company in Lake Atitlán, Guatemala.
My life here revolves around paddling, yoga, playing with the dogs, and getting to know the other guests and other volunteers.
GuateSUP is based in Panajachel, the most developed of the towns surrounding Lake Atitlán.
Yesterday my friend and I took the day off to venture across the lake and visit some different towns.
One of the places we stopped was San Juan La Laguna.
After wandering around this tiny town for a few hours, my happiness was soaring. And my camera’s memory card was on the verge of overloading.
Incredible street art seems to cover every open surface in San Juan La Laguna. And every mural depicts something special about the culture.
The town’s residents are members of the indigenous Mayan ethnic group, Tz’utujil.
These people are known for their preservation of traditional Mayan lifestyle.
Popular pastimes include weaving and cultivating maize and coffee.
The local community does an amazing job of showcasing their art and culture for tourists.
Art galleries, textile cooperatives, and coffee and chocolate shops fill the streets. Locals are more than happy to explain the art and culture of every item on display.
From the shops bursting with artistic talent to the colorful Mayan street murals, San Juan La Laguna stole my heart.
San Juan La Laguna Viewpoint
San Juan also has a Mirador, or viewpoint.
You have to pay 10Q ($1.30) to climb the uphill trek to the lookout.
But the hike only takes 15 minutes and the views of the surrounding landscape are stunning.
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