The most remarkable headdress I did see during my trip through Guatemala was in Santiago Atitlan, a small village at the borders of the Atitlan Lake.
There still few women were an xk’ap. This is a band of red cloth (it must be about 10 meters long), wrapped around the head.
I must say that I did only see one lady with this headdress, our guide told us that it is going out of use, and you’ll probably only see it at fiestas and on market days worn by the older ladies.
And when we returned to the boat, I asked a local young girl where I could find a lady wearing such red band. And she told me, that she had one and she was willing to put it on for me, to make a picture for a few quetzals. Of course I said yes, it would be a pity to leave Santiago Atitlan without a picture of an xk’ap.
During our stay in Panajachel, at the border of Lake Atitlan, we did make a boat trip to some small villages on the other side of the lake.
Each village had a different dress code, the colors of the clothing were different each time.
Fondest memory: The colorful people we met.
As it was the first place we stopped during our Guatemala trip, we al wandered a bit what Guatemala would be. As for me, I did not really know lot about this country, so I was pretty curious to discover it.
And the first place we visited was already a shot in the bull’s eye. I had a splendid time during my stay here in Panajachel, near the Atitlan Lake.
In fact this lake is surrounded by three big Volcanoes: San Pedro Volcano, Toliman Volcano and the Atitlan Volcano.
On this picture you see the Toliman Volcano; you can’t see the Atitlan Volcano because it is located just behind the Toliman Volcano.
Favorite thing: On the Guatemalan coin of 25 Centavos, you can see a picture of the traditional xk'ap. So this head-dress can be seen in the village of Santiago Atitlan.
Favorite thing: It was great to wander around the Lake Atitlan. The landscape was very green, and there were also several beautiful flowers.