Waiting for the chicken bus
I have spent a couple of days in Panajachel, which is one of the main tourist destinations in Guatemala. Located in the Highlands, it is set next to Lake Atitlan. It is said that this is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. I am not sure if it is the most beautiful but it is pretty spectacular, with two volcanoes towering on the shore.
Double click on panoramic pìc
Sadly the town has developed a little bit like Benidorm, throw in the touts pestering to sell you boat tickets to cross the lake and you get an idea.
One thing that is different here, than in other places like Thailand and especially India, is that when you say no thanks they tend to leave you alone. They don't try to get you to buy something by wearing you down.
The best thing to do when you are at Lake Atilan is to go to some of the smaller towns, like Santa Catarina, a small village a pick-up away from Panajachel, but a million miles in terms of development.
Church in Santa Catarina
If Panajachel is Benidorm, Santa Catarina is a secluded dreamy town on the Amalfi Coast or in Croatia, undamaged by rampant development.
I am now in Antigua and have come here to spend a few days with Sanghita.
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