Cultural appreciation is an important element of every Caroline's Promise mission trip. We want our team members to not only grow to love the people we are serving, but also the country where they live. Our team from Wilson Community Church were given a taste of Guatemala's beauty on a day trip to Panajachel located on the shores of stunning Lake Atitlan.
The 3-hour trip from Guatemala City to Panajachel is an adventure in itself. On the winding mountain roads travelers see farmers working land terraced along mountainsides, rural villages and amazing views of mountains and valleys.
Lake Atitlan is one of the worlds deepest and most beautiful lakes. It is surrounded by several volcanoes. There are thousands of indigenous Mayan people living among the 12 villages around the lake. A trip to the area provides the rare opportunity to meet and interact with people from an age old culture. The villagers still wear traditional Mayan dress and speak in ancient languages.
Several of our team members opted to see Panajachel from above...on a zipline! The hike through the jungle to ride the zipline was a tough one but seeing monkeys and coatis in their natural habitat along the way was a treat. Once they were strapped to cables 200 feet above ground they enjoyed a thrilling ride above the lake, mountainside, waterfalls and trees.
Our trip to Pana also included some shopping at open-air markets and lunch. We had a wonderful time and everyone now has a new layer of appreciation for Guatemala.