Wednesday, May 20th.
Up early to get the bus to Lago Atitlan. It was about a 4 ½ hour drive. Arrived and thought it might be a bit touristy however after finding a hotel ($35Q per night) we went for a walk to check it out. It is extremely beautiful. We are staying in the town of San Pedro which is on the lake. Lake Atitlan is huge, about 185sq km. We went into one of the bars who was serving rums for $6Q (which is about $1AUD). We were told that now that the wet season is starting that at 2pm each day the rain starts. It was right on time. Thunder, lightning and heavy rain. It was great. The first time I have seen weather like this for I think about a year. The rain continued on, so we decided to run through it to find somewhere to eat. Found a cheap place then headed back to the hotel. Walking back the streets were flowing with water from the rain. It was great. Had a shower when I got back, and it was hot ……. The first hot shower in about 3 weeks.
Thursday, May 21st
Took a bus out to the town of Chichicastenango. The town has a large market through the streets every Thursday and Sunday. I had misplaced my camera so couldn't take any photos (found it again). The market has all of Guatemala's arts and crafts. If I was only here on vacation I could have purchased a lot.
Friday, May 22nd
Took a boat ride over the lake to San Marcos. This is a small village which recently has turned into a new age type of place. A lot of vegetarian foods, massages, yoga, pyramids for meditation and much more. It didn't take long to walk around and the massages were too expensive. Caught the boat back over and spent the rest of the afternoon in a restaurant / café called Zoola. This is an Israel owned place which serves a lot of typical Israel foods. Marijuana is allowed in here as well. They make special cookies which we all thought we should try. WOW. Very strong. All of us in bed by 7pm.
Saturday, May 23rd
Went for breakfast to say goodbye to Tim and Anna. They are off to Zela to spend two weeks in a homestay and learning Spanish. Looked around town at some of the Spanish schools here and booked in for one which I start on Monday. $60 US for 20 hours (4 per day). Spent the afternoon in the hammock reading.
Sunday, May 24th.
Took a boat ride over to the town of Santiago to check out the Sunday markets. A lot of the stuff was the same as what we saw at Chichicastenango. The town was beautiful and seemed very authentic, there wasn't as many tourist restaurants and bars around like in San Pedro. In the evening drank with some others in the hotel and went out for another couple more.
Spent the reamainder of the time doing some Spanish lessons. I have improved a little and can understand a bit more, however they seem to be speaking even quicker the further south I go.