Weather forecast Panajachel (Lake Atitlan) this week
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LAKE ATITLAN: Located in the western highlands, this mountainous region is known for its indigenous traditions, folklore and the resplendent Lake Atitlán. The Lake is an ultimate high for hopeless romantics and adventurers. Atitlán is recognized to be the deepest lake in Central America with a maximum depth of 340 meters. The lake is shaped by deep escarpments, which surround it, and by three volcanoes on its southern flank. It is renowned as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.
The fertile soils of these winding mountains, magical volcanoes and beautiful valleys, became the land of the Cack’chiquel, Quek’chi, Mam and Tzutujil, ethnic Mayan groups whose traditional indigenous culture continues to reign and develop. Lake Atitlán (Lago de Atitlán) is a large endorheic lake “one that does not flow to the sea”..
The lake basin supports extensive coffee growth and a variety of farm crops, most notably corn. Other significant agricultural products include onions, beans, squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, garlic, chile verde, strawberries, avocados and pitahaya fruit. The lake itself is rich in animal life, which provides a significant food source for the largely indigenous population.
Santiago Atitlán is the largest of the lakeside communities, and is noted for its worship of Maximón, an idol formed by the fusion of traditional Mayan deities, Catholic saints and conquistador legends. The institutionalized effigy of Maximón is under the control of a local religious brotherhood and resides in various houses of its membership during the course of a year, being ceremonially moved in a grand procession during Semana Santa.
The smaller villages of Santa Cruz, San Juan and Santa Catarina are centers of the traditional textile production. Multi-colored fabrics are hand-woven on back-strap looms unchanged over the centuries. Each day hundreds of Maya pescadors (fishermen) ply the lake in hand-hewn wooden cayukas (boats) in search of the days catch. Along the lakeshore the women gather to socialize, bath and wash. On the mountainsides are fields of corn and coffee tended by the villagers.
Coordinates: 14°42′N 91°12′W
The climate of Guatemala varies more by altitude than by season. The coastal lowlands are always hot say 90 degrees during the day. The high mountains, places such as Todos Santos, can be near freezing at night.
Around Lake Atitlán, the town of Sololá which is situated on a cliff high over the lake can be 10 or 20 degrees colder than the towns such as San Pedro la Laguna which are at lake level. Although at times it gets cold in the night, the climate in San Pedro is generally mild. Cool in the morning and evening, but the temperature usually reaches 80 to 85 degrees between 11:00am and 3:00pm. I usually swim every day in the lake at 6:00am. I hate to be cold so if it was cold I would not do it. It is refreshing.