Guatemala's Lake Atitlán offers a beautiful setting to observe Mayan culture

Located in Guatemala's Western Highlands, Lake Atitlán is a tourist-friendly area rich in the Mayan culture. There are more than 20 Mayan ethnic groups in Guatemala, and the Lake Atitlán area is home to a handful of them, most notably the Tz'utujil and Kaqchikel people.

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    This November 2015 photo shows one of the volcanoes at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala's Western Highlands. Lake Atitlan is a tourist-friendly area rich in the Mayan culture. (Kristi Eaton via AP)
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    In this November 2015 photo, Mayan women wearing traditional dress converse with men in Santa Catarina Palopo, Guatemala. Located in Guatemala's Western Highlands, Lake Atitlan is a tourist-friendly area rich in the Mayan culture. (Kristi Eaton via AP)
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    In this November 2015 photo, a women uses a weaving loom in Santa Catarina Palopo, Guatemala. Located in Guatemala's Western Highlands, Lake Atitlan is a tourist-friendly area rich in the Mayan culture. (AP photo/Kristi Eaton)
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    This November 2015 photo shows a street in San Juan La Laguna, Guatemala. San Juan La Laguna is known for women's cooperatives using natural dyes. Located in Guatemala's Western Highlands, Lake Atitlan is a tourist-friendly area rich in the Mayan culture. (Kristi Eaton via AP)
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