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Amigas de Atitlan, Guatemala February 2005

Lake Atitlan is one of my favorite places, I first went there in 1983, at the height of the civil war. I went back in 2005, and went to many of the same places as the previous trip. People were a lot happier, obviously, there was laughter in the air, and I was able to talk to folks without having them constantly looking over their shoulders. These girls are from the village of Santa Catarina. Atitlan is huge, with over a dozen villages all around it, but the terrain is really rugged, and the dress, and language developed quite differently.  Though the people are all Mayan, there are many individual, mutually unintelliglible dialects spoken around the lake. A truly beautiful spot, ringed by volcanoes, and a lot of really nice people.

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