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Sololá    ( Sunday 02/20 )

On my way back from Los Encuertos to Pana, I got off the bus - about 2 miles before we arrived in Sololá ( 2110 m ). From there I had a great overview of Sololá and the Lago de Atitlán. As I took a picture a man in the traditional colorful Sololá costume came by and tried to talk to me, he had a strong accent so I did hardly understand anything, really too bad that my spanish was not better. I asked him if it was ok if I took a picture of him and he agreed. Than I walked down to Sololá, there it was also market day on Sunday. The nice thing about this market was that there were hardly any tourists, but many local people in their colorful costumes - so I strolled for maybe 30 min over this market, before I started to go further downhill to Pana.


View of Sololá & Lago de Atitlán
View of Sololá & Lago de Atitlán

Women in colorful costumes
Women in colorful costumes
on a market day
A man in traditional clothing
A man in traditional clothing

Plaza of Sololá on a Sunday
Plaza of Sololá on a Sunday
Bus stop in Sololá
Bus stop in Sololá

View back to Sololá
View back to Sololá


On my way downhill to Panajachel I had at every corner beautiful view of the Lago de Atitlán and it's three volcanos. It was a perfect sunny day with a clear blue sky. After I had walked for about 1 1/2 hours I catched a bus for the rest of the distance down to Pana. Since I had left Chichi very early I was now back in Pana at 1pm. First I went back to my apartment, than I got some lunch - a big fruit salad, and after that I relaxed again down at the beach of Pana. The day ended with a beautiful sunset on the l ake.
Lago de Atitlán Sunset on Lago de Atitlán Sunset on Lago de Atitlán

Panajachel    ( Monday 02/21 - Friday 02/25 )

From Monday to Thursday I was in the morning "back to school" and in the afternoon I went either shopping or relaxed on the lake or did short excursions around the lake. On Wednesday afternoon I had first planned to visit San Pedro, but since Gregorio had asked me and 2 other students ( Kate and Kathy ) if we want to go for an excursion to the Nature Preserve in Pana, I decided to forget about San Pedro and take part in the "school" trip. It's a nice small Nature Preserve and I really was surprised to find something like this in Pana - I would say it's definitely worth a visit. There you can stoll amongst the many forest plants and trees you can see waterfalls, monkeys, "pisote", eagles, butterflies and more . . .


Butterfly


Spider Monkey
Spider Monkey
A Flower


Suspension Bridge
Butterfly


Street scene
Street scene on our way
back to Panajachel


02/25 - My last day in Pana: On Friday morning I first packed up all my stuff again, moved out of "my" apartment and than went to school. At noon I had to said goodbye to the friendly staff of the Jabel Tinamit spanish school, grabed some lunch and got on a bus at 2pm to Los Encuertos where I catched up with the bus to Quetzaltenango ( short form = Xela ).



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