jaibalito from Santa Cruz Atitlan
Walking uphill and downhill until reaching the next village.
Yes, visiting Jaibalito from Santa Cruz La Laguna in Lago Atitlan takes at least 30 minutes hike, it could be more because there are so many views along the path, that it’s hard to pass by without stopping to start taking pictures, or just to enjoy the panoramic.
Well, at some point you’d get to the side of the mountain that overlooks Jaibalito, you’d notice that there are well taken care of private properties at the entrance of town, but once you keep on walking towards the village nature will be noticeable again.
Jaibalito it’s a small town, the least developed of Lago Atitlan, with a population of around 800 people, and that is only accessible by boat or walking from San Marcos La Laguna or Santa Cruz La Laguna. It’s a high percentage of the indigenous community that speaks Kaqchickel, the native indigenous tongue of the area, and Jaibalito it is so remote, and the fact that not many people knows about it, that it is the most genuine Mayan village around Lago Atitlan.
I met an Irish man that was checking on Jaibalito main deck, and he saw that I was wondering he introduced himself. His name was Mike and he’s been living in Jaibalito for a few years now. He has decided to start renting a house so he can developed it into a restaurant and a hostel. I tried his breakfast and it was massive!! I mean, it was around 11 am, and I was starving, but I didn’t see this one coming. I was about to fall asleep on the bench after breakfast, if it wasn’t for Mike that brought a cup of some local coffee plantation. And here you can see coffee plants everywhere you go on the road.
I decided that after a proper meal I deserved a proper beverage, so I head to Posada Jaibalito, a place owned by Hans, a German man that has been living in Jaibalito for ages, and that has brought some Germanic cuisine into Jaibalito gastronomic scenery.
La Posada has prices for people running on a budget, but even though has a very clean and chill atmosphere. Beers are cold and cheap. And the music is a plus, I wish I had stayed for a couple nights.
I left the town before sunset, back to Santa Cruz, promising that I will be coming back to stay a couple nights in Jaibalito.
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