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San Pedro, Santiago and San Juan on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala

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Views of Lake Atitlan

He Lake Atitlanin the highlands of Guatemala, is a source of life since time immemorial. It is a supply of inexhaustible fresh water that, thanks to its marine fauna, provides food to a large number of indigenous communities that complement their agricultural activity with fishing at more than 1,500 altitude.

That is why in view of the bird you can see several small villages that dot the banks of the lake.

The lack of time did not allow us to visit all of them so I leave you the experience we lived in the three that we could explore:

San Juan La Laguna

The kiché It is the ethnic group that populates this municipality of no more than 5000 inhabitants.

Upon arriving in San Juan we went straight to IXOQ AKJEEM workshop where the fabrics that all the indigenous women of the region wear are made. It is a cooperative where 20 women work in which each creation has its artist who takes 85% of the income and the rest goes to the cooperative. They gave us a demonstration of how the striking colors of the different fabrics are obtained manually. They use leaves and branches of plants that boil in water and fade. Then they put the textile material and impregnate the resulting color. The Kiché woman explained that different shades of colors could be obtained from the same plant according to the state of the Moon on the day it was collected. Incredible the wisdom that these people have about nature. A skill that has been completely lost in the leading countries.

Two of the women of the IXOQ AKJEEM cooperative

In the elaboration process

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