Saturday, March 8, 2014

Off the tourist path: Lake Atitlán Villages - San Andrés

Since we've explored the majority of the lakeside villages, we've started expanding our circle to include some of the villages that aren't right on the lake. They make for an easy day trip with Luke and its fun to see places off the beaten path.

San Andrés is just up the hill from Pana a couple miles and where we've heard these para-gliders take off from:

Para-gliding is on Jason's bucket list for our time here -- hopefully, he'll make it happen!

The village of San Andrés wasn't particularly exciting, but we love just walking around and observing the everyday life of Guatemalans. One of Jason's students, Rosmery lives here which gave us even more interest in seeing it. She is receiving a scholarship to attend AMA and is a very sweet girl.

Most the housing looked like this; a jumble of cinder block, tin, sticks and rocks.  Many places had vast amounts of corn drying on the patio. We saw more cows here than I've seen anywhere yet.

The town had two churches. The yellow one sat up on a hillside and had the below sign posted ...

Amorous encounters prohibited in this place!

 There was even a convent --

And, one of my favorite pictures -- corn is such an incredible staple here.

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