Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Conveniently located in
The "Plaza El Patio" on
Panajachel's Calle Santander
Next to the"Chinitas Restaurant"
Tel: (502) 5720-5725
Open 6 days a week
Hand crafted Leather Products
Pajuyub is perhaps one of the best places in all of Guatemala to appreciate fine handcrafted leather goods. Our leather belts and bags combine quality leather with hand woven Mayan textiles. We also have a wide selection of sandal, boots and souvenirs.
Located on the
Calle Santander (in front of Telgua)
Guatemala C.A. 07010
Jewelry, gifts, crafts
Come, browse and discover our eclectic array of uncommon handmade jewelry, wind chimes, lamp shades, sandals, candles, wood carvings, essential oils, handcrafted wooden puzzles as well as a myriad of other alluring novelties from Guatemala and all over the world.
Located on the Calle Santander
across the street from the Orale Steak House.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Guatemala: Mayan Villages and Their Festivals, Markets and Fairs
This site has all the information on Markets and Festival days, plus information on each area village such as; Language spoken, Population and Elevation.
From : Travel Information
What the Guidebooks Don't Tell You!
Adults ------ Q20.00
Parking ------ Q10.00
Bungalows. 1 night - Q95.00 per person
Reservacion by telephone: 5704-2959, 5904-5559 o 7768-4742 Prices may vary without notice.
FUENTES GEORGINAS….as its name implies, are thermo sources that eminate from the Zunil volcano and which flow into the place known today as FUENTES GEORGINAS.
Mineral Baths :The most attractive and essential element that the tourist looks for, is the hot sulpher baths, which apart from containing many minerals, are relaxing and stress relieving. Moreover they are curative. It prevents acne, aids rheumatism and helps to heal fractures in the human body.
We offer a restaurant service in which the tourist can find a variety of international and national dishes; as well as national and international drinks and liquor.
Location: Tierra Fria (CA1) Look for Quetzaltenango then Zunil.
On the main road you will find Zunil and the access road to La Fuentes Georginas. Fuentes Georginas is about 25 kilometers south of Quetzaltenango.
You can take a Sauna at the natural eucalyptus hot springs in Los Vahos a short distance away from Quetzaltenango. The wet sauna is produced by natural water vapor coming out from the volcano. From the Sauna you can walk in the forest and surrounding mountains where the views are remarkable.
Just a short hike south of Quetzaltenango are the rough-and-ready sauna/steam baths at Los Vahos (the Vapors). These natural saunas are just two dark stone rooms behind plastic curtains - occasionally the vents are carpeted with eucalyptus leaves, giving the steam a herbal quality. The baths are a 2km (1.2mi) uphill walk away, with good view of the city.
In order to reduce the impact on our forests from being cut down for firewood and to protect the atmosphere of our Planet, plus eliminate dangers to women and children from open fires, Cojolya distributes ONIL stoves to residents of Santiago Atitlan. The stoves are subsidized by direct donations and sales from Cojolya so that they are affordable to our weavers and other community members.
At Lake Atitlan, in Santiago Atitlan is the Weaving Center and Museum. The admission is free. They have demonstrations of backstrap loom warping and weaving daily at the museum. At 11am and 1pm each day is a 1 hour tour to visit the women weaving in their homes, for a nominal fee. Special group tours are available.
The Museum shows the history of backstrap loom weaving and the entire process, from preparing cotton for spinning, to the finished textiles. It also displays the evolution of the traditional costume of the Tzutujil Maya, indigenous to Santiago Atitlan.
One of the best small museums in Guatemala.
The Cojolya Museum
Lake Atitlan offer a wide range of activities to keep you busy during your stay.
It is a perfect destination to relax, enjoy nature, beautifull landscape and mayan culture.
They recommend the following :
Hike from Santa Cruz La Laguna to San Marcos. It is an easy hike of 3 hours. It takes you along the shore and through the mayan village of Jaibalito. From Santa Cruz pier walk toward west along the shore until the end of the bay then go up and follow the electric lines. It is better to do this walk early because of the heat.
If you come from Panajachel take the boat at Tzanju’yu dock and ask to be drop at Santa Cruz.The first boat leave at 6 :15 am. When you are in San Marcos you can have a bite to eat in one of the numerous restaurants, They recommend La Paz and Sol y Tul or have a massage. Then take the boat back to Santa Cruz or Panajahel. Last boat 5.00 pm.
Visit to the Reserva natural Atitlan (7762-2565)
A private nature reserve, located in Finca San Buenaventura, a still active coffee farm. Because of the shade trees used for the coffee, a big variety of birds can be seen. You will walk through trails, hanging bridges, by waterfalls, and visit the Mariposario San Buenaventura a butterfly reserve,(come early to see the butterflies). Take a taxi from Panajachel and ask for La reserva natural San Buenaventura.
Admission to the Reserva is US$5.00 for adult and US$ 2.50 for children. Open daily from 8 am to 5 pm.
Climb a volcano
Volcano San Pedro is the easiest one that can be done in a morning. You can arrange a tour from Panajachel with a travel agency or directly upon arrival in San Pedro. Volcano Atitlan is the most spectacular one, but one needs to be in good shape to do it in one day or camp under the summit and do it in two days.
Visit a coffee farm on the coast
Less than an hour drive from Panajachel will take you to the finca los Tarrales where you will enjoy the heat of the Boca Costa in a luscious nature. Great bird watching and organic coffee tour.. www.tarrales.com
For local artwork pay a visit to La Galeria on Rancho Grande street. Where you can see an extensive selection of locally hand-made artwork. They have also a little cafe.
Tel. 762-2432, firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the Sub Archeological Museum of Panajachel
Discover wonderful Mayan ceramics salvaged from the depths of the lake. Learn about the historical formation of Lake Atitlan.
Visit the following markets
Chichicastenango. Thursday and Friday. Tourist market
Solòla. Tuesday and Friday. Very indegenous market.
San Francisco el Alto. Animal market. On Friday close to Quetzaltenango. It can be coupled with the visit to the Hots Springs of Zunil. Full day trip.
Guided trips can be arranged with collective shuttle or private taxi driver.
Visit the villages around the lake.
There is a 3 villages day package, where you see the most important villages, but you can also organize your own village package.
San Catarina and San Antonio can be visited by land from Panajachel.
Santiago Atitlan can be reached with the public boat from Panajachel. There you will discover the Tzutuhil culture. Visit the colonial church and Maximom. Museum of textile. www.cojolya.org
San Marcos, a holistic oriented village with many places to get a massage, energy work, reiki, etc…
If you have any questions, please contact us
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
A private lancha can be arranged to visit villages around the lake, or just stroll to the nearest public jetty and negotiate your own. This is also the best way to really marvel at the extraordinary beauty of the lake. Casa Palopo is in the village of Santa Catarina Palopo known for its weaving and distinctive blue textiles; next door San Antonio Palopo has ceramics. San Marcos is renowned for its alternative therapies and massages. Santiago Atitlan has very colourful traditional garb, a fascinating church, and the shrine of the god Maximon, to inspect. Evangelistic San Pedro La Laguna is the new centre for backpackers, with internet cafes and language schools; it takes over from the gateway town of Panajachel, which also has many tour operators, restaurants and bars.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
A Wildlife enclosure in the middle of the coffee grove’s forest with an observation deck for bird watching and an open-air café.
Rates: Adult entrance fees to the Nature Reserve are $ 5.00 and children pay $2.50
Facilities & Services:
The Nature Reserve has:
• a Visitors Center with information on the natural and social history of the Lake Basin, a restaurant and bathrooms.
• nature trails with signs for self-guided walks.
• an enclosed butterfly preserve with a breeding laboratory including examples of eggs, caterpillars and chrysalis, with information on the importance of butterflies and their relationships with the plants and animals around them.
• a collection of orchids which can be found in the Butterfly Preserve and on the nature trails, with nearly 50 of the more than 900 species native to Guatemala.
• a bird refuge
• marvelous "open" enclosures for monkeys, coatimundi, raccoons and other wildlife, with an observation deck for watching the birds and animals in their natural settings.
• an open air café set in the coffee groves.
• a private beach with clear waters and magnificent views.
• safe camping grounds with services (bathrooms with hot showers).
The new Hotel at the Reserve has:
• two new rooms of unique architectural design for a maximum of 6 people each.
They are spacious, elegant, and have large decks with views over the lower part of the Nature Reserve.
The height of the cables and the distance between stations is only surpassed by the beauty of the spectacular views of the lake and nature!
This site has a great story of the history of the Lake Atitlan area.
Fine Lodging with private decks available at the Nature Reserve. (groups welcome)
Campgrounds with bonfire area, bathrooms and hot showers.The
A Wildlife enclosure in the middle of the coffee grove’s forest with an observation deck for bird watching and an open-air café.
Panajachel is the most-visited Lake Atitlan village, with a population of a little over 11,000.
Above, the view of Panajachel, Guatemala and Lake Atitlan from La Cueva Maya”, or “The Maya Cave”, is impossibly beautiful. The cave serves as a ceremonial site for those who still practice indigenous religions in the Maya villages uphill from Panajachel. Smoky and filled with the fragrance of incense, the mysterious site can be reached via a short local bus ride from town, and a short scenic hike.
Time Required: Allow fifteen minutes of bargaining time per purchase
1. Choose your item. In Guatemala, almost every price is in question, be it on a multihued Mayan blanket, hand-carved machete, bag of coffee, or beaded monkey keychain.
2. Shop around. If you see something you like in a nicer storefront, the same item will likely be available from a street vendor at a lower price. The owners of touristy stores are less likely to haggle. Plus, if you shop on the street, you'll be buying from someone who truly needs the money.
3. Decide exactly how much you want to pay, and determine the figure in both quetzales (Guatemalan currency) and your country's currency.
4. Ask the salesperson the price of the item. Here it pays to know some simple Spanish - start with "Cuanto Cuesta?" (How much?)
5. Compare their quoted price to the price you desire to pay, and determine whether your desired price is feasible. Know that it's common for a merchant to quote a figure that is double what they actually expect to receive.
6. Now, give the salesperson a figure, quoting a price below your desired one.
7. At this point, the theatrics come into play! Expect the salesperson to roll their eyes, shake their head, and quote a price lower than their original.
8. Now it's your turn. Shake your head, frown, wander around the store, and quote a figure higher than your last, but lower than theirs.
9. Repeat steps seven and eight until you've closed in on a price you're both comfortable with. If the merchant won't budge, don't be afraid to walk away. It's likely that the same item will be available in another shop.
10. Above all, don't sweat a couple quetzales. Many tourists take bargaining too seriously. Remember, the Guatemalan people are working to feed their families, and those extra quarters mean much more to them than they do to you.
1. Learn your Spanish numbers, at the very minimum. It's much easier than holding up fingers.
2. Don't take pictures of the merchandise (or the Mayan people) without expecting to fork over a few quetzales.
3. When you don't want to buy, smile and say, "No Gracias." Repeat as necessary.
What You Need:
* Simple Spanish skills
* A calculator, if quick math isn't your thing
* Quetzales in small and larger bills, and a hidden money belt for the largest
* A backpack or shoulder bag to hold your purchases
* An optimistic attitude!
Source: About.com/Central America Travel
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Calle Santander in Panajachel is lined with shops selling everything from beaded jewelry to fresh Guatemalan coffee, but the nucleus for shopping is the Artisan Market, It is located on the east side of the street. You’ll be taken aback by the sheer amount of merchandise for sale: hammocks in every color, authentic framed artwork, peasant dresses, sombreros, purses in bright Mayan dyes.
Jaibalito is a small Indian village on the banks of Lake Atitlan, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. It is surrounded by astounding natural beauty. Lake Atitlan floats in the sky a mile above sea level, nested between three majestic volcanoes.
The landscape is absolutely breathtaking and almost unreal. Jaibalito is one of 12 native villages where the Indian population, direct descendants of the Maya, lives a quiet life, happy to see the sun rise every morning so that they can vacate to their secular activities. The village counts 700 habitants with a majority of children, who still speak the traditional mayan katchikel language and dress with their colourful costumes.
The beauty of the landscape and idyllic seclusion has attracted throughout the years many artists from all over the world who have found here true inspiration. The Jaibalito Train Station, was created to share and promote their work, offer art education, provide platforms for cultural exchanges and artistic expression, and improve, in respecting their traditions, the life of the natives.
How to get there: From Guatemala city a 2,5 hour drive will get you to Lake Atitlan. The village has no road, and you can access it only by boat or by walking from other villages. You will easily find lodging starting from $3 per night. For more details, see the Transportation and Hotels and Restaurants pages.
When to get there: In the land of eternal spring, the dry season is from November through April, and a rainy season is from May through October with a hotter period in July/August.
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The Jaibalito Train Station
In the coming years, we will continue to create interesting and meaningful work as well as develop a stronger regional and international network.
Art Education is therapeutic, helping people to discover and express their feelings. Art is an inexpensive and effective way of making a positive difference for those in need. Jaibalito Train Station offers a number of different art workshops to the native population and is currently developing an art program with the local school. International artists from all over the world participate in our art program. Here is a description of some of our various workshops which are also open to tourists.
If you would like to support us, sponsor our initiative, have an idea or a project or simply want to participate, please contact us, and we can discuss the possibilities.
See also our Train Station blog.
- Provide platforms for artistic expression (workshops, recording studio)
- Offer education and career opportunities to the native population
- Realise the underwater sculpture park
- Promote contemporary art
- Bring about a better understanding of art practices
- Use the entire area of the village as its ’canvas’
- Stimulate exchanges between artists of different culture and background
- Develop an art program with the local school
Our Needs Our Needs Our Needs Our Needs
- Art supplies: paint (acrylic, oil), brushes, pastels, paper canvas, clays, metals, plasters..
- Tools: Jigg saws, digital cameras, video cameras mini DV, lap tops Apple, recording studio and musical instruments..
In three of the hundreds of communities that make up the vast Maya population of present day Guatemala Indian artists produce oil paintings about Mayan life. Those communities are Cakchiquel speaking San Juan Comalapa, and the Tz'utuhil speaking towns of Santiago Atitlan and San Pedro la Laguna. At present this website deals only with the Tz'utuhil-speaking artists, and mainly with the artists from San Pedro la Laguna and its close neighbor San Juan la Laguna.
All the paintings in this section, Paintings, are for sale.
There are also quality limited edition prints for sale.
The Archive is an visual exhibition of Tz'utuhil Mayan paintings for your on-line enjoyment (as contrasted to the Paintings where the paintings are for sale). The paintings are arranged by artist, and listed more or less chronologically by when the artist painted them.
The Mayan weaving typical of Guatemala is a vast subject, larger still if the Mayans in southern Mexico are included. By limiting ourselves to the textiles produced in the towns and villages surrounding Lake Atitlán, the area where the Tz'utuhil Mayan artists live, we can get a good idea of the richness and variety of Mayan textiles throughout. After a long haitus we have expanded this section with separate pages for a number of the towns around the lake. Margot Blum Shevill, the author much of this section, has written numerous books and articles on the textiles of Guatemala. We are fortunate to have her working with us.
This section includes a magazine interview with us which perhaps better explains who we are and how we got started than anything we have tried to write about the subject. We also have a page which talks about a project spearheaded by artist Pedro Rafael to get pencils for all the children in the school where he teaches. Arte Maya Tz'utuhil has helped actualize the vision of one Pedrano to establish a Spanish school for travelers in San Pedro la Laguna.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Decorating the street with colored sawdust is traditional on Calle Santander, Panajachel Guatemala.
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Easter Alfombra San Juan
Easter is the biggest celebration of the year with the streets cov-
ered with fantastic designs made from flowers, pine needles and colored sawdust on the Saturday before Easter.
Picture from :
muddyfeet blog on Travel Pod
There were many around the city.
Every one different, every one beautiful,
every one made with died sawdust.