One of the biggest tourist draws in Guatemala is in the highlands, Lake Atitlán, and the many towns that surround it. We stayed over night in Panajachel and then, led by a tour guide from Guatemala City, we took a boat to visit three towns: Santa Catarina, San Antonio and Santiago.
The first town we visited, Santa Catarina, was a pretty small town, and it was relatively early in the morning (around 8 or so), so many places were closed and few people were up and about.
The next town, San Antonio, was more awake, and we made our way to a ceramics studio and shop.
We also stopped by a textile studio and shop, where people were working away at looms.
The final town we hit was much larger than the other two. We also saw not just churches, but also Maximón — a kind of deity represented by an armless effigy in sombrero with a cigar in his mouth, his neck draped in countless ties.
What the photos don’t capture is the heady mix of cigar smoke, candle smoke and candle wax, and burning incense, which added to the strangeness of the place. This website tries to explain Maximón.