Winter Adventures on Lake Atitlan
While many of you are enjoying the change of seasons and bundling up for the New Year - we take advantage of the beautiful weather in Guatemala. Winds tend to be strongest from November to February and nights can get chilly. But the winds blow away the clouds, making for the clearest views of the volcanos on Lake Atitlan.
Here in Guatemala weather also depends much more on altitude than on latitude. While we're considered a 'tropical exotic country' realistically living at an altitude over 5,000ft on a lake means we also bundle up. Weather here never really goes below 50℉ or above 80℉. The perfect moderate climate.
Here I am pictured all wrapped up in our traditional rebozo - I love the feeling of fresh air on my face and wind blowing through my hair.
Our vintage rebozos are a Hiptipico favorite! You'll turn heads in this gorgeously unique shawl that features traditional embroidery and ikat hand-dying. Complete with pompom trim details. This rebozo is traditionally woven on a back-strap loom by female artisans. Worn by a Maya women, this piece is “pre-loved” and carries a long history that makes it incredibly unique. This oversized scarf is customarily used as a shawl, baby wrap or during child birth. I promise it will last a lifetime and keep you cozy wherever you live and whatever you use it for.
Scholars say that Atitlán means 'at the water' in the ancient Aztec language Nahuatl. While in the Maya dialect, Atitlán is believed to derive from the word meaning ‘the place where the rainbow gets its colors’. The rainbow gets its color for water, when it refracts light, so it sounds like the ancient peoples each had their own way of coming to the same conclusion.
Here's to the moments when you realize the simple things are wonderful and enough.
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Photography by Diana Alvarado
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