Lake Atitlan in Guatemala

Hello guys! I am again in Guatemala, on the spectacular lake Atitlan. The lake, about 50 km wide and deep 340 meters, is surrounded by three volcanoes and about fifteen indigenous villages of Mayan origin, each with its own customs, traditions, modes of dress and language. The village where I am now is San Pedro la laguna.
Many of these villages have suffered terrible repression during the civil war from 1960 to 1996, where, as elsewhere in Central America, the class struggle has merged with the one between conquerors and natives. And in fact we can say that the populations of these areas have suffered massacres, atrocities and violence well before the Civil War, since the Spanish conquest, and it’s amazing how they survived so many centuries without losing their identity.
Civil war which, needless to say – it’s how to repeat a terrible rhyme, was due mainly to the United States, preoccupied, as always, of the social gains achieved democratically by the people of Guatemala. More than 250,000 deaths but they are Guatemalans, not U.S., so who cares.


Lake Atitlan.


View of the lake from Panajachel. On the background, the volcanos. Among the various villages you can travel by boat or by land, in both cases facing beautiful sceneries.


San Pedro la laguna, where I’m now.




San Pedro market.




Little girls.


Other little girls.


A banda parades through the streets.


Religious writings on the walls.


Political writings.




Lady washing clothes in the lake.


On the boat to Santiago, town located between two volcanoes.


A worker bringing wood.


Mascimòn (or Maximon), a Mayan saint of obscure origins. Probably originally was a Mayan god, later blended with Catholics influences. It is hosted every year in a different house in Santiago. The faithful offer him money, cigars and alcohol.


Ceremony inside the house where there is Mascimòn. The man on knee is the shaman.


On the coin of Guatemalan 25 cents there is the face of this lady! (Source: tuc-tuc driver).


The people of Santiago has undergone countless repression by the Guatemalan army. The latest massacre took place on December 2, 1990 when, during a peaceful demonstration, the army opened fire, killing 14 people, including children.




Colors, abstract.


Ce vrimm wayù! (“See you guys!” – Neapolitan language).

36 thoughts on “Lake Atitlan in Guatemala

  1. Hola Gio! What camera are you using and which lense do you find yourself using most? Love, love LOVE your photographs – qualitry, subject, colour and composition – bellissimo! Thanks for sharing.