Yahoo Travel Magazine released last year that Lake Atitlan was within the 10 most beautiful lakes in the world, this is really gratifying and astonishing for our beautiful country with so many beauties to admire.
Undoubtedly the biggest attraction of Solola is Lake Atitlan, this incredible beauty leaves us spellbound, is also interesting the number of tourist attractions there, you can take a walk in the afternoon or take a boat trip to admire the beautiful scenery and take a couple of photos and countless other things.
The Lake is located 1,560 meters above sea level and is 18km long, about the same is the volcano Atitlan msnm1 to 3537, also found the volcano at 3158 m Toliman and San Pedro volcano with 3020 meters.
An element found in Lake Atitlan is a wind called “Xocomil”, which is generated at noon, when the warm winds from the south colliding with cooler air masses coming from the highlands … this form will result in eddies that stir the waters of the lake and get to become very strong waves.
Another curious fact is that it forms several populations that have biblical names around the lake, such as Santa Catarina Palopo, San Antonio Palopo, San Lucas Toliman, Santiago Atitlan, San Pedro La Laguna, San Juan La Laguna, San Pablo La Laguna , San Marcos La Laguna, Santa Cruz La Laguna, Panajachel and others.
These people can travel from boats that are on the lake shore.
The lake is surrounded by many villages, where the Mayan culture is still very present. The traditional dress culture is still very common. In the Maya people of Atitlán Tz’utujil dominated culture and Kaqchikel. During the Spanish conquest of the Americas, the Kaqchikel initially allied with the invaders to defeat their historic enemies and Maya Quiche Tz’utujil, but they were conquered and subjected them when they refused to pay tribute to the Spanish.
Santiago Atitlán is the largest community and is characterized by its worship Maximon, an idol formed by the fusion of traditional Mayan beliefs, legends of Catholic saints and conquistadors. Institutionalized belief Maximon is under the control of a local religious brotherhood and resides in the homes of several of its members during the course of a year, the most ceremonially moved in a procession during Holy Week. Several cities in Guatemala made similar cults, especially the cult of San Simón in Zunil.
While the Mayan culture is predominant in most surrounding communities, the largest city on the coast, Panajachel, has been overwhelmed in recent years by tourists. It attracted many hippies in the 1960s, and although the war caused the abandonment of Panajachel for many foreigners, in 1996 at the end of this, boomed again with a larger number of visitors. The city’s economy is almost totally dependent on tourism today.