Museums in Western Highlands

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Museums in Western Highlands

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  • abishekjs
    California3 contributions
    Great experience! They took time to explain the different techniques to us. Would definitely recommend visiting and also purchasing some nice art.
    Written March 8, 2020
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  • Joe W
    15 contributions
    This is a lovely place , a wonderful art gallery. They bring so much to the community through dance music and art. This is a must place to visit in Panajachel.
    Written November 24, 2019
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  • lorenzo_mtc
    Pittsburgh1,464 contributions
    The Ixkik Museum in Xela was an unexpectedly memorable experience for me. I don’t really have much interest in textiles or traditional clothing, and the museum itself, consisting of several rooms on both sides of a long hallway, was rather plain, humble, and “low budget.” But it had clearly been a labor of love for those who established it. They obviously knew their stuff, and set it all up with great care, meticulously labelling every item (in Spanish) as to place of origin, wearer (common people, officials), and occasion (every-day, special ceremonies, etc.). This is not a typical antiseptic museum with everything behind glass; it's all "out there," as if you were strolling through someone's house. And though traditional clothing was the main focus, there were displays of other contemporary but traditional Mayan artefacts — all in all, a brief foray into the Mayan world. In addition, there were several wall posters (again, only in Spanish) describing various aspects of contemporary Mayan culture.
    Even if like me you don’t have a special interest in textiles or traditional attire, you may want to consider visiting this charming museum. But if you do have the interest, don’t miss it. And if I might judge from my visit, they seem to appreciate having foreign visitors come by.
    (Fun fact: of the many museums I’ve visited, in different countries, this was only one in which I was lent a battery-powered, hand-held lantern for two rooms without working electricity.)
    Written September 16, 2023
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  • Pedro N
    51 contributions
    We went to Museo Arqueologico Azul Maya twice for breakfast. The restaurant has a very nice and quiet garden where you can relax before starting your day. The food was very good, as was the service. Very good quality for price ratio!
    Written September 13, 2017
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  • SammyJo227
    Philadelphia, PA63 contributions
    I have her food paintings in my kitchen. Every time someone sees them, I get amazing compliments on how beautiful they are and how they enhance my kitchen.
    Written July 11, 2020
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  • JP Guyer
    Las Vegas, NV39 contributions
    I scheduled a tour for me and two friends. The tour was incredible as we were by ourselves. After the tour we did the rum tasting experience along with the bottle make experience. The tour guide explained the process of making rum along with the Botran history.

    During the tasting experience we sampled 4 Rums which were pared with different cheeses and chocolate.

    Afterwards the tour guide walked me through making my own private recipe bottle of rum with a personalized label with a corked and wax seal to bring home. I strongly recommend the tour and both tasting and bottle making experiences.
    Written May 18, 2023
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  • ALR
    Georgia Coast, GA11 contributions
    To get a better understanding of Lake Atitlan, it's cultural and natural history, visit this small museum. Takes about an hour. Make sure you see the basement room as well.
    Written September 10, 2022
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  • Alicia
    The Hague, The Netherlands50 contributions
    I absolutely loved this little museum! It's really cute and there's a good vibe. You can get a personal tour (in Spanish, but the guide will talk slowly) and they will teach you a little about the life around the lake. I loved it!
    Written July 9, 2021
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  • Chelsea D
    Dallas, TX238 contributions
    This was my first activity upon arriving in Pana from Guatemala City. I had my tuk tuk drop me off here from my B&B. You must pay the entrance fee in cash, but the operator was able to make change since I only had large bills to start.

    This is a small but interesting collection. There is a topographical map of Lake Atitlan and its surrounding villages. The museum details (in English and Spanish) the history of the area. Excavations were done both on land and in the lake. There are pottery and stone displays. It takes maybe 20 mins to review it all.

    Outside the main museum is a secondary room focusing on the underwater exploration. You must remove your shoes to walk inside but it's a cool immersive experience, like being underwater.
    Written May 1, 2022
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  • Janie M
    Viera, FL37 contributions
    Enjoyed lunch in this restaurant. Service was excellent. Had the avocado salad (enough for two) and the onion soup, which were both tasty and satisfying.
    Written February 7, 2016
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  • chey_baybee
    Hickory, NC143 contributions
    I went tot the art gallery because it was nearby. it was a bit weird. the art is good, the space is weird. if you can get in for free, definitely go. if they want to charge you, i would not go.
    Written February 27, 2018
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  • Jon J. Curto
    1 contribution
    This local collective of authentic San Juan la Laguna Mayan artists are a welcome contrast between the more "touristy" styled art you will find on the main road leading to the docks as you access town by boat. Nearly all of the murals around town and those near the community cultural center/library were created by Jovenarte.

    This is a must-see engagement opportunity for anyone visiting this beautiful area that seeks a unique authentic experience with Mayan culture in San Juan.
    Written May 9, 2019
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  • Karen E
    51 contributions
    A fantastic,informative place. This is an extremely quirky little museum, crammedwith artefacts. We were lucky that the owner, Fortunato, was present to give us the tour. He covers Maya history, traditions, religion, costume , fiestas and music. His family kept appearing to add to the info, and at the end I was given a dancing lesson by his little granddaughter, to the sound of Fortunato playing the marimba. Unforgettable. We felt we had experienced a little of the real Guatemala.
    Written January 18, 2024
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  • MichiganZumbido
    Michigan299 contributions
    But not empty! Rodrigo Dias has his studio in the building. He is an excellent artist on the brink of much greater recognition. Visit his studio in the Railway Station, talk with him about art and the world ( he is widely traveled ) and, by all means, buy one of his paintings. It is a sound investment in a wonderful artist and one that will likely reward oneself in the future.
    Written January 23, 2016
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  • r0landbrunner
    Zurich, Switzerland1,848 contributions
    walking up from th boatstop, you will stumble over lots of art shops. we looked into some of them, including this one. I'm not shure what to think about it. most of what they had on display was pure tourist kitsch, even if produced by local Maya folks. I did not see much that I could consider authentic, but a lot that was made-up for tourists. but as taste is a very indiviidual matter, you better look yourself.
    Written January 8, 2018
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