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Lake Atitlan Weather 2014

Lake Attilan Guatemala Weather Forecast 2014

Welcome to Guatemala Weather Forecast, your daily fast look at what’s happening climate-wise in places you want to visit in Guatemala. The 2014 Guatemala Weather Forecast is brought to you daily on this web sites and others on the Guatemala Weather Forecast Travel Network part of  Lesman Yokobsen who is a recognized for his role as Guatemala’s Chief Meteorologist.

English: lake Atitlan, Guatemala. From right t...
English: lake Atitlan, Guatemala. From right to left: San Pedro volcano, Tolimán and Atitlán volcano. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Guatemala Weather for 2013 delivered more then ample rain for the Guatemala Coffee Harvest. As we enter 2014 Coffee harvest the Guatemala Weather continues under sunny skies allowing for great drying of Organic Coffee throughout the Lake Atitlan Guatemala Coffee Region.

Last weekend I had the privilege of visiting La Voz Cooperative, a coffee cooperative, that is located in the stunningly beautiful Lake Atitlan region of the Western Highlands of Guatemala.  Lake Atitlán provides an ideal environment for growing coffee—the region has a cooler climate than most other parts of Guatemala, there is plentiful and consistent rainfall each year, and the area is surrounded by the rich soils of the Atitlán, Toliman and the San Pedro volcanoes.

Harvesting usually begins in November and runs through February.  Walking along the roadside you can see thousands of hectares of coffee trees covering the lush mountain sides all needing to be handpicked. Yes, you heard me correctly, harvesting is done by handpicking. Each tree is picked NUMEROUS times during harvest season. The fruit must be processed the same day it is picked otherwise the beans inside may spoil.

The Lake Atitlan Weather forecast for January 2014 offers Tour and Travel Operators around Lake Atitlan are finding warm days in the 70 Degree range with cool and comfortable sleeping with temperature in the mid 60 degree range. With these temperature do not be fooled one can easily burn in the warn sunny days so use sun block.

Our Guatemala Chief Meteorologist weather forecasts can be read weekdays http://www.lakeatitlantravelguide.com/, http://i-travelreview.com/ in Guatemala City, Antigua Guatemala and Lake Atitlan reports on first hand views of the local weather for all of Guatemala.

Lesman Yokobsen is a recognized for his  role as Guatemala’s Chief Meteorologist helping predict many storms as they approached the highland of Guatemala including both Tropical Storm Agatha in 2010 and Tropical Storm Betty in 2013

7-Day Weather Forecast for Guatemala for January 2014

Wednesday, 1

Partly Cloudy

22 | 13 °C

Partly Cloudy

Chance of
Precipitation

10%

Thursday, 2

Clear

24 | 13 °C

Clear

Chance of
Precipitation

10%

Friday, 3

Partly Cloudy

22 | 13 °C

Partly Cloudy

Chance of
Precipitation

10%

Saturday, 4

Clear

24 | 12 °C

Clear

Chance of
Precipitation

10%

Sunday, 5

Clear

25 | 13 °C

Clear

Chance of
Precipitation

Guatemala Weather Forecasts are brought to you daily on this web sites and others on the Guatemala Weather Forecast Travel Network part of  Lesman Yokobsen who is a recognized for his role as Guatemala’s Chief Meteorologist.

 

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Lake Attilan Guatemala Best Organic Coffee

Lake Attilan Guatemala Best Organic Coffee I have ever drank we found in San Juan La Laguna which is a ten minute walk from the village of San Pedro in Lake Atitlan Guatemala is a must see.

Traveling to Lake Atitlan and searching for those hidden gems of real coffee co-ops can be hard to find. The season is short and when the coffee is not being harvested these co-ops are closed for the most part.

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For those that truly love Organic coffee and want the real experience not another tour Cooperative La Voz Que Clama En El Desierto in the village of San Juan La Laguna which is a ten minute walk from the village of San Pedro in Lake Atitlan Guatemala is a must see.

For years I have looked around Lake Atitlan for Organic Coffee Fincas, I wanted to see the real thing. With Coffee harvest running from December till March it is sometimes hard to find these Co-ops around the lake.

To reach this small Co-Operative you need to take a boat from Panajachel to San Pedro on Lake Atitlan. Panajachel which  is a town in the southwestern Guatemalan Highlands, less than 90 miles from Guatemala City, in the department of Sololá. It serves as the administrative centre for the surrounding municipality of the same name.

From San Pedro you can walk which takes about ten minutes or take a Tu-Tu from San Pedro to the village of San Juan. Ask anyone in San Juan about the Co-Operative and they will direct you.

We were fortunate to have Alex with us from Kayak Guatemala who more or less paved the way for us to have complete freedom to explore the co-op and ask questions. While many want to go to the Coffee Tours of Antigua this is the real thing. This is a production facility not a tourist destination.

Andres Cotuc manages the operations and after yes a cup of this years harvest of Lake Atltian Organic Coffee, roasted on site we were allowed to go crazy with our camera. With respect to the woman working in our photo’s were all asked permission. Take that as a note when and if you make it to this co-op.

We then were allowed to head out to the fields to see coffee beans on the trees. The co-op is large and is nestled into the side of the mountains with coffee plans shaded by huge trees. Part of the great coffee growing process.

There is not price for touring the facility that we could see. Coffee is for sale ground or whole beans.

I finally found that cup of coffee I have been looking for in Guatemala.

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Come visit Lake Atitlan Guatemala in January and save BIG

Come visit Lake Atitlan Guatemala in January and save BIG.  Discounts for one week only; January 18 – 26, 2014.  This complete package includes everything; airport pick-up, transfers to Lake Atitlan, deluxe overnight accommodations in Santa Cruz la Laguna, ALL meals, ALL activities, ALL tours and excursions.  Come and stay for the entire week, or for a few days.

January 18 – 26, 2014 – Complete package from $149.00 per person per day, or $1192.00 for the entire itinerary.

ARRIVAL DAY, SATURDAY – Jan. 18

·               Airport transfer from airport to Lake Atitlan. Overnight at Lake Atitlan.

DAY 1, SUNDAY – Jan. 19

 KAYAK EXCURSION and ATITLAN NATURE RESERVE

·         After breakfast we take a leasurely kayak excursion around Santa Cruz.  This is a great morning activity that allows you to view the lake and the surrounding mountains. This is not a challenging activity.  Later we explore the village of Santa Cruz and visit two non-profit foundations to see how they are helping improve the lives of the local Maya.

In the afternoon visit the Atltan Nature Reserve.  You can hike the nature trails and enjoy the zip lines.

Overnight at Lake Atitlan.

DAY 2, MONDAY – Jan. 20

 LAKE ATITLAN – 3 VILLAGE BOAT TOUR

·         After breakfast, make your way to the boat dock in front of your hotel for a 3-Village Private Boat Tour. This spectacular full day trip will take you from one end of the lake to the other. You will visit the villages of San Marcos, San Juan, Santiago, with time to explore each village. Easy walking is involved and the trip is approximately 8 hours.

·         The day begins in Santa Cruz where you depart for the west end of the lake. You get to see the villages of El Jaibalito, Tzununa, San Marcos, and San Pablo as you make your way along the north shore. Your first stop is San Marcos, where you stop for swimming and optional cliff jumping. Then you will depart the north shore for San Juan, the “Swiss village” of Lake Atitlan. You will spend approximately 3 hours on a guided walking tour and visit art galleries, two woman’s weaving cooperatives, a medicinal and curative plant garden. Enjoy lunch at a local comedor to sample the local foods.

·         Several famous painters are from San Juan so you will also visit their galleries to see them at work. Women Weavers and Nuestra Artesania includes demonstrations showing how the beautiful fabrics are made; from harvesting the cotton, to spinning it into yarn, dying the yarn, and then creating one of-a-kind fabrics with the back strap loom. The Qomaneel center is a medicinal and curative herb garden operated by the midwives of San Juan.  You are guided through the garden and given samples of each plant along with a description of its curative powers. There are no entrance fees at the cooperatives. Your gift purchases or donations are how these centers function.

        •        Your third stop is Santiago. The bay of Santiago is a photographer’s dream. We take a tour along the shore of the bay before we start our walking tour. Your first stop is a visitor center that offers insight into the life of the Tzutujile Maya. There are interpretive displays on the history of the traje (traditional clothing), spiritual beliefs and Maximon. We have lunch before we tour the local church and visit Maximon. The Mayan visit Maximon to ask for healthy crops, to help cure illness, to find love, or to cast a spell on a neighbor. Be sure to buy some candles, cigarettes, or liquor to make your own offering!!! A small fee is required for admittance.

 Overnight at Lake Atitlan.

DAY 3, TUESDAY – Jan. 21

HIKE (or drive) THE UPPER MAYAN TRAIL, SOLOLA MARKET AND MOUNTAIN VILLAGES

After breakfast, the day begins in Santa Cruz and the start of our 3-4 -hour hike.  You can either hike or drive. Visit the village of Santa Cruz la Laguna and then head high into the mountains. You hike along ancient paths that have been used by the Kachekel Maya for centuries.  You will view villagers going about their daily life, encounter farmers tending their maize and coffee fields, and see some of the most magnificent scenery in the world.  You can visit a sacred Mayan site where rituals are performed by the local shamans, and make your own offering at the alter.

This rugged and remote area has barely been touched by the outside world.  Our hike takes us 2500 feet above the waters of Atitlan for breath taking views and pristine scenery.

It is a difficult walk/climb, but is not overly challenging for those in good health.  The walk is approx. 4 hours through magnificent scenery. Enjoy a picnic lunch along the way, or in a local comidor (included).  You walk though a remote Mayan village high in the mountains where we find the road. There we take a collectivo (shared van/pick-up) the last few miles into Solola.  You visit the second largest market in Guatemala, then return via chicken bus or pick up into Panajachel and then Santa Cruz. On the return, we stop at Crossroads Café to sample some of the best coffee in the world.  All the coffees served are from Guatemala.

Overnight at Lake Atitlan. 

DAY 4, WEDNESDAY – Jan. 22

LAKE ATITLAN – PADDLE AND HIKE EXCURSION

·         After breakfast, meet at the dock to gear up for a day of adventure.  It is best to wear your swimsuit or other appropriate boating atire as you will get wet along the way.  We supply dry sacks for your backpacks and other gear for the second part of the day. Be sure to bring your camera, drinking water, and some sunscreen.

We paddle for 1 ½ -2 hours along the shores of Santa Cruz la Laguna, El Jaibalito, and Tzununa, ending in San Marcos.  You will have many up close encounters with Mayan men who fish from hand hewn cayukas as they have for centuries.  You will feel privileged to share the lake with these proud fishermen who make Lake Atitlan so unique. You paddle along rugged cliff faces filled with exotic plant and bird life.  You have the opportunity to swim and cliff- jump into the crystal clear waters, or just enjoy a swim and sun. Enjoy a picnic lunch along the way, or in a local comidor (included).

We pull into the Bay of San Marcos and gear up for the next part of our adventure. The  north shore of Lake Atitlan has no true road access, so you will be hiking along ancient paths that have been used by the Maya for centuries.  You will view villagers going about their daily life, encounter farmers tending their maiz and coffee fields, and see some

of the most magnificent scenery in the world.  This rugged and remote section of Lake Atitlan has barely been touched by the outside world.  Our hike takes us several hundred feet above the ever changing waters of Atitlan for breathtaking views of the famous volcanos.  We end our hike in Santa Cruz la Laguna at the end of our day of adventure.

Overnight at Lake Atitlan.

DAY 5, THURSDAY –  Jan. 23

AMAZING CHICHICASTENANGO – ANTIGUA

·         Shuttle departs at 8:00 am for travel to the spectacular outdoor market of Chichicastenango – one of the world’s most famous outdoor markets!  People watch in this very Mayan village, and also ‘shop until you drop’ or until 1pm when the market closes.  After a leisurely lunch in ChiChi (included) board the shuttle for travel to Antigua.

·         About ChiChi >>> Located at 2500 meters above sea level, this town is famous amongst tourists for its market on Thursdays and Sundays, where spats of traditionally dressed villagers in a kaleidoscope of colors, come to sell their very colorful textiles, fruits, vegetables and flowers. Although seemingly very commercial, there is much mysticism in the air. You will be amazed by the religious blend that exists, where colonial Spanish Catholicism, modern evangelism and ancient Mayan tradition, blend in a uniquely harmonious fashion. There is something deeply moving about watching a Mayan Indian or shaman, engulfed by incense and surrounded by flowers, praying to a catholic God and at the same time practicing ancient Mayan rituals, all in an old Spanish colonial Cathedral. It is here, in Chichicastenango, that Father Francisco Ximenez in the 17th century discovered the Popol Vuh, the illustrious Mayan bible.

Overnight in Antigua.

DAY 6, FRIDAY – Jan. 24

ANTIGUA – PACAYA

Morning Pacaya Volcano hike starts at 8:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm. Afternoon/Evening Pacaya Volcano hike starts at 2:00 pm ends 8:30 pm.

Lava Fields and Smoking Crater - Pacaya, one Guatemala’s youngest volcanoes, offers climbers a unique glance into the geologic bowels of the earth. A relatively easy climb of 1.5 hours brings us to the fertile shelf just below the cinder cone called “la Meseta.” From here we get an awesome view of recent lava flows. We will explore these lava fields, and as the smoking crater looms above, the environment quickly changes to resemble that of an extraterrestrial setting. We’ll enjoy a fresh lunch, enjoying the views before we make our way back down.

Overnight in Antigua.

DAY 7, SATURDAY – Jan. 25

ANTIGUA

· Enjoy a relaxing day to explore on your own

  • Antigua, Guatemala is an exquisite Spanish Colonial town with elegant 16th & 17th Century architecture, cobblestone streets, a tranquil central square, stylish hotels, luxurious shops and superb international cuisine. The town enjoys a unique and impressive setting nestled beneath three towering volcanoes and surrounded by lush evergreen forests.

. Overnight in Antigua.

DAY 8, SUNDAY – Jan. 26

>>> ANTIGUA TO GUATEMALA CITY & DEPARTURE

· Enjoy a relaxing morning

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Lake Atitlan Guatemala Realtors | Finding the Best

In my Blog Posts I only write about the wonders of Guatemala. Friends of mine from the US decided to take a break and headed to Guatemala for 4 months. They decided Lake Atitlan Guatemala having spent time in Guatemala they are seasoned travelers and as this blog talks about they have had a number of Real Estate experiences on Guatemala.

Most of us have found Realtors in Guatemala can be hit or miss. And often the best way to deal with Real Estate is direct with the owner. Landing in Panajachel Guatemala which it the gateway to Lake Atitlan they started the quest for a Vacation Rental Property and a Realtor to aid them in the quest.

This is there story about Finding the Best Lake Atitlan Guatemala Realtor

Finding a good Realtor at Lake Atitlan Guatemala is like trying to find a needle in a haystack.  We should know.  In the last 5 years we have completed 7 real estate transactions and had become ‘realtor ragged’.  We have seen the tactics of some real estate agents and were wary of many of them and the services they provide.  Needless to say, we have learned the hard way that entrusting this process to a mediocre agent causes a lot of stress and can cost money.

Do you know when you meet the right person, you feel it instinctively? That’s what happened to us when we stumbled upon David Yates of Century 21 at Panajachel Guatemala.  David’s outgoing and warm personality instantly connected with us.  After leaving his office we both wholeheartedly agreed that we had finally found the agent to help us find our home.

David is amazing to work with. What we liked most about him is that he is genuine and has the highest standard of integrity, which is hard to find in a realtor and hard to find with people in general.  David’s knowledge of the local market, his outstanding work ethic, and people skills make him the obvious choice if you are looking for a realtor.

He was easily reachable at all hours even on the weekends. Most importantly he took the time and patience to explain things in detail.  We felt very well cared for during the transaction, but the service did not end there.  David has been a wonderful resource and has provided us with many contacts for carpentry, plumbing and contract work. He has checked in with us, helping us on more than one occasion with English/Spanish translation as we have worked with local Spanish speaking workers for minor renovations to our new home.

We can’t say enough about David.  He was always there when we needed him—prompt with answers and ideas, and leaving us with the feeling that he had 100% of our welfare at heart.  Recently we have talked to people who have bought houses and felt that their real estate agent wasn’t doing all that they could for them. We tell them about David and the fabulous job he did for us. We couldn’t be more pleased with David’s work. If you’re thinking of buying or selling and want someone to work with your interests in mind then choose David Yates of Century 21. We highly recommend David to anyone looking to sell or buy in Panajachel Guatemala.