In the morning, when the lake is still calm, we set out by boat to explore the rich heritage of a Tz’utujil village, where we will learn about weaving and naïf painting traditions. Upon our return to Panajachel, we will have lunch at the lovely lakeside Hotel Atitlán facing the three volcanoes. You will have “down time” to explore the hotel’s lush tropical gardens and to swim in the pool or lake. Bring your sunscreen and hat!
After lunch, the two-hour drive to colonial Antigua offers “siesta time.” Our hotel in Antigua is the Casa Santo Domingo. Originally a Dominican convent, the hotel was constructed around the ruins left by a series of earthquakes in the 1700s. Every nook and cranny of the hotel is full of original colonial antiques.
Archaeological excavations by the hotel have uncovered so much of interest (burial chambers, a magnificent colonial altar and endless artifacts) that the hotel has converted part of the space into a museum and exhibit areas. Our evening in Antigua is open. We want you to stroll the cobblestone streets, to get a sense of past glory and colonial heritage.
For dinner, we will provide you with a list of good restaurants.