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┬┐Lake Como Que?

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"Lake Como, it seems to me, touches the limit of the permissibly picturesque; but Atitlan is Como with additional embellishments of several immense volcanoes. It is really too much of a good thing." Aldous Huxley, Beyond the Mexique Bay (1934)

We recovered from the Chicken Bus and checked into a pretty decent hotel for $5 each/night, thankful to be alive. As we walked through the streets, a local in a hooded sweatshirt whispered "Smoke... Ganja." Which was the fifth of about ten times weve been offered drugs on this trip. San Pedro de Laguna is one of the many bohemian villages dotted around Lago de Atitlan, all of which have a strong Mayan heritage. We went to bed after dinner and woke up the next morning to visit a town where men and women still wear traditional Mayan dress and speak one of 25 Mayan dialects.

In one an alley we saw a Mayan woman weaving small blankets. As we passed, she whispered softly "Only One Dollar..." which stopped us both in our tracks. Out of pure curiousity, we turned to see if she was for real. We soon found ourselves in a deep Mayan trance, luring us to open our wallets and pay too much for a blanket. She was good... very good. So good that RedBeard wanted to give her money for nothing. Hobo went ahead and bought a $5 blanket (which he claims started at twenty dollars, but RedBeard cant remember much from that encounter and can not verify the claim)... Hobo later regretted the purchase after he had pulled out of the trance.

We then rode a lancha (fast boat) back across the lake. About halfway through the ride, the high winds started blowing water all over everyone... so the operator handed us a tarp to pull over our heads. You can ride with us in the video below... as you can tell, the lake was rather choppy today.

There wasnt much else to do other than shop -- so we bought a few gifts and explored the town. The view was absolutely incredible and today was mostly a day to slow down and relax before we get back on a bus. Tomorrow we have to travel for about 10 hours to get to Rio Dulce. Enjoy the pics and videos:

You have certainly had some wild adventures over the past few days! I only got to skim the entries (not much time), but the beard sure is filling in nicely! Also, I'm slightly concerned that you were offered drugs and "can't remember" much shortly after that. Also, the trance with the woman? Hope there were no opiates involved. ;-)

Stay safe!

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