Santa Catarina Palopo

Santa Catarina Palopo
Photo by: paulam, Creative Commons

Visiting a country will open your eyes to different culture, traditions, and customs. And if you want to learn more about a country’s culture and history, you should visit the small towns where indigenous people live, such as the town of Santa Catarina Palopo.

The place is a small village near Lake Atitlan, the famous lake in Guatemala which is surrounded by three volcanoes. From Santa Catarina Palopo, you can also visit the other two neighboring small indigenous villages near the lake which are the Santiago Atitlan and the San Antonio Palopo.

Since Santa Catarina Palopo is near the lake, it is very easy to check the nice view. You can check it out while riding a canoe or a boat. Just make sure that you are with an experienced guide especially if it is your first time.

Aside from the lake, you should also meet one of the village’s women weavers. They make the best woven clothes and costumes in Guatemala, probably even in the Americas. You should also visit the Santa Catarina Palopo Church, the main church in the village.

Before you go to Santa Catarina Palopo, you should book a reservation in the bets hotel in the village—the Casa Palopo. Everything about the hotel is great—the staff, food, service, view, ambience, and the facilities. After a long day of hiking and taking pictures, nothing is better than staying in a comfy hotel with friendly staff and delicious food. You will feel as if you belong in one big happy family while staying in Casa Palopo.

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