Day 49: Cruising the Lago AtitlĂĄn (1)
San Pedro La Laguna Travel Blog› entry 65 of 120 › view all entries
Obviously Panajachel isnât the only town on the shores of Lago AtitlĂĄn. The volcanic earth is very fertile, the cultivation of coffee profitable, and visiting tourists are all too willing to buy whatever indigenous/traditional junk is offered to them. So it is obvious that Lago AtitlĂĄn is a very popular place to live, and many towns and villages can be found on the shores. However, despite the commonalities between the towns (lake, volcano, coffee, tourists) each and every one of them has its own identity and characteristics.
You can walk around the lake in about 2 to 3 days, visiting all these places. We opted for a more lazy solution and took a boat across the lake to the village of San Pedro La Laguna.
San Pedro is a town along the so-called âStoner Trailâ. Itâs a name I have made up myself, derived from the well-known âGringo Trailâ (which Robbel and I had been following quite faithfully these past few weeks). The Stoner Trail, as the name suggests, is a similar route people travel, only the main attractions on the way are places where the various -often illegal- stimulants are readily available. Zipolite and Tulum in Mexico, San Pedro and Livingstone in Guatemala, Caye Caulker in Belize, Byron Bay in Australia and, uhm, well, they say Amsterdam is quite popular too...
Nothing wrong with that of course, however, like CancĂșn is stereotypically visited by fat Americans, the places on the Stoner Trail get a lot more French or Israeli visitors than other places.
Anyway, San Pedro is famous for its high quality coffee and weed. I do hope for the Stoner Trail followers that the latter is of better quality, as the coffee we had was really awful.
But it was a nice town to walk around in. Everywhere we saw slogans like âGod is with youâ, âJesus is comingâ, âGod saves livesâ blah-de-blah all around town. Even more remarkable when you consider that this city is mainly inhabited by indigenous Indians and stoners, neither of which seem to have a particular interest in a Catholic God.