Friday, May 8, 2009
05/08/09 Xela to Panajachel. 3 hours, 60 miles
So, I headed out of Xela yesterday with a heavy heart and immediately got pounded by rain. Hard. So hard, I had to pull in to a gas station and just chill for an hour and a half. Rainy season started a little early this year and pretty soon it's gonna be 2 hours in the afternoon of downpour, like clockwork. Was debating staying another night in Xela as it was getting on in the evening but i decided to push on to the lake town of Panajachel, about 2 hours away in good clear weather. It took me 3 in some light rain on and off, periodic heavy fog and pitch black sky through the mountains, and then a steep drop from the capital of the state of Solola, also called Solola to the lakeside town of Panajachel. Although the town is a hippy magnet which is not my thing, it has amazing views of the lake and I wanted to use the town as a jumping off point to check out the markets at Solola and especially the most famous market in the country at Chichicastenango, or Chichi for short. Found a room for 40 quetzales (about 5 bucks) a night and today checked out the market 8kms up the mountain in Solola. Friday is market day here and it was a madhouse of people, animals, goods, etc. Ill let the pictures do the talking. Spent the rest of the day walking around the lake, eating (man Im gonna miss 2 dollar meals back in the States), and catching up on the blog. Tomorrow Ill leave in the morning, get a room 2 hours away in Chichi and wake up Sunday morning to check out the famous market on the busiest day of the week.