6. Solola Market and Mountain Villages Tour
See the local handicrafts from this region, and shop if you wish. However this tour is less about shopping and more about sharing the Mayan culture. You will find the people warm and welcoming, and more of the Kachekel Maya dress in traditional traje (clothes). Even the men still dress in traditional clothes.
You will visit many interesting sights unique to this location including the local government office, and the indigenous mayor's office. Learn how and why the two mayor's exist side by side. Your guide can explain about the Mayan calendar and teach you about the unique Mayan counting system.
Full day trip takes you high into the mountains above Lake Atitlan and features the Solola market, small farms, and Mayan villages. Drive through maize and terraced vegetable fields, coffee fields, old growth forest, and into the cloud forest. Visit a sacred Mayan site with the chance to witness a Fire Cleansing Ceremony.
The day begins in Panajachel and the start of our adventure. You drive along ancient roadways that have been used by the Kachekel Maya for centuries. You will view villagers going about their daily life, encounter farmers tending their maize and coffee fields, and see some of the most magnificent scenery in the world. You can visit a sacred Mayan site where rituals are performed by the local shamans, and make your own offering at the alter.
This rugged and remote area has barely been touched by the outside world. Our drive takes us 2500 feet above the waters of Atitlan for breath taking views and pristine scenery. We drive into the countryside to visit the small mountain village of Conception. The road to this village has been paved for less than 10 years. The town is especially proud of its beautifully maintained church built in 1612. Visit the confradia of Saint Frances and a lesser known Maximon. Learn about the confradia systems and why they are important to the people of Guatemala.