Before leaving home we booked an excursion with Domingo. We had an amazing day with him, exploring three Mayan villages. He had emailed saying he'd meet us at the hotel dock at 9:00, and he was there right on time. We spent the next 5 1/2 hours with him exploring Santiago, San Pedro, and San Juan. Domingo is very friendly and kind. He knows everything about the Lake Atitlan area, and he showed us the highlights of each village. Everywhere we went, everyone seemed to know Domingo! He was very easy to talk to and spoke English very well. We learned a great deal during our day trip. He even brought us to his home to meet his lovely wife and daughter (great meeting you, Inez and Elena!). We also met his son Alex when we went by Tornado's Excursions' office in San Pedro, and coincidentally, his son Juan, works at Casa del Mundo, where we had stayed one night, and he was a great guy, too. In San Juan, Domingo took us to a women's coop where we purchased some hand-woven goods (a scarf and a bag). Beautiful! In Santiago we were able to observe the market in full force, see the school children out at recess, visit an old church, meet a Mayan woman who explained and demonstrated how she puts on her headpiece, etc. Fascinating!
We also stopped for a delicious lunch with Domingo in San Pedro (chicken tacos!).
So, if you are looking for a fantastic day trip to see Mayan villages, climb a volcano, or design your own tour on Lake Atitlan, we highly recommend Domingo Chavajay. Please feel free to email with any questions. His price was very fair, and we felt very safe in Domingo's capable hands. A fantastic and memorable day on the Lake. Thank you, Domingo!
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