Lake Atitlan Guatemala Scenery
These photos of Lake Atitlan Guatemala scenery are the behind the scenes shots from me recent elopement. Not too long ago I traveled to Lake Atitlan to photograph an editorial wedding shoot and a few elopements. I didn’t have much time to take personal photos but I have a few from the trip I’d like to share now. The elopement was amazing and I can’t wait to share those photos with you guys in the near future. I can’t wait to return when I don’t have as much work and can really enjoy the country. I have friends that live in Guatemala City and own a coffee farm in El Progreso. It’s one of my favorite places to visit while I’m there. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to meet with them or get out to the coffee farm or “finca” as it’s called. As you’ll see why Lake Atitlan Guatemala scenery is so spectacular. The town of Panajachel is located right at the base of the lake among quite a few other small towns that dot the lakeside. They’re only accessible by boat. Lake Atitlan will always hold a special place in my heart as it’s the first place I ever visited on my very first trip to Guatemala. I remember I met a young Mayan girl who tried to sell me some fabric my first trip. Last year while I was there I ran into her almost 4 years later. She didn’t remember me, but when I told her her name and the story she got quite a laugh out of it. Anyway, take a look and feel free to ask me questions if you plan on visiting or have any comments. I love promoting this place.
Lake Atitlan Guatemala Scenery can also be found in my photo print gallery
Below is looking down on Panajachel, Guatemala. It’s located on Lake Atitlan which is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been and I was fortunate enough to photograph an elopement there.
This is on the drive in from Guatemala City. It’s a few hours drive from the city center but you really get to see alot of the country side along the way.
We always stop at El Pedregal on the way to the lake. It’s all local, fresh and delicious. If you’re a tourist you might miss this one since it’s off the road but I highly recommend it.
Black bean puree which I could slather over anything
Taking the side roads down into the lake because of traffic we cut through some of the small villages located along the way. Women and children from young to old are always doing work. It’s quite an amazing site to see the women carry such heavy loads balanced atop their heads
There are alot of stray dogs in Guatemala. I’m not sure if this one belonged to the man or if he was just sticking around hoping for food. It’s one of the biggest differences I notice when I travel is the poverty for both humans and animals alike.
If I had to guess, it’s probably a street dog.
Another thing to notice about this photo is the way the woman and her child are dress. This is called a “whipil.” It’s essentially the identifying mark of what Mayan group she comes from. They all have different designs and it sets them apart from the others. The textiles in Guatemala are to die for. The richness of colors and variety is something you just don’t come across too often.
Children along the roads and streets always are selling stuff. These kids were selling souveiniers. They are amazing persistent salesmen!
This young girl let me take a photo of her. She was really sweet.
I’ve always wanted to stop on the side of the road and photograph this town. It has a cemetery at the base which are completely different than what you find here. The colors are so vibrant and the family keeps them painted. On All Saints Day you can go and find all the families in the cemetery putting flowers and repainting the graves in celebration. It’s an amazing way to view death which isn’t quite so grim as how we view it in the states.
About half way down the road it starts to open up and you can really get a good view of Lake Atitlan. If you look closely you can see a boat in the middle. There are quite a few towns located around the rim of the lake which can only be accessed by boat.
Another view of the lake and the colorful houses you often find.
One thing I love about Guatemala homes is no matter if it’s a poor house or a rich house they all have patios and outdoor spaces. Many of the nices homes have a open air courtyard at the center of the home making it a hollow rectangle. It’s a perfect spot to enjoy your morning cup of Guatemalan coffee.
Another view of the lake from the road down into town.
This is part of a hotel. Many rich folks from the city fly in on helicopters which you can see below.
This is the hotel I stayed at for the night. It had a restuarant inside as well as a nice view of the lake.
The local hotel birds.
Hotel lobby fireplace.
Hotel lobby/Restaurant seating area.
Another view of the hotel.
This “house” is where I stayed the night. It’s usually rented out to large groups but since the hotel didn’t have anyone staying there they let us stay in it by ourselves.
Simple bedroom in the hotel.
The view from the common area.
Driving down into the hotel area.
This was my view in the morning when I woke up. Such a beautiful and peaceful place.
Again, another view from the hotel.
This is a view of the lake in the late afternoon right before the light started getting really beautiful.
One of my favorite things to do is watch the boatmen in the morning. Although late afternoon, you get a good idea of how nice the light gets. As you can see for yourselves…
These are the typical boats people take from one part of the lake to the other. It’s very cheap and relatively safe 😉
It’s also a blast to swim here. In years past the water was very dirty but it’s much better now.
Again with the Guatemalan colors. It just never stops.
Late evening in Panajachel with the vendors starting to close up shop for the day.
This is why i love this place.
More of the boats that will transport you(and your stuff) across the lake to the nearby towns.