The Maya Culture    

In Santiago Atitlán is the largest community and is characterized by its cult of Maximon, he is an idol formed by traditional Mayan beliefs, legends of Catholic saints and conquistadors. 
 
The belief Maximón was broadcast by a local religious brotherhood and live in the homes of several of its members during the course of a year, being most ceremonially moved in a grand procession during Holy Week. Several cities in Guatemala performing similar cults, especially the cult of San Simón in Zunil.  
 
 
         
   

 

 Historical Sites   
 
Santiago Atitlan is one of the most amazing places, full of history and structural beauty. 
 
Some of the places we recommend to visit and enjoy an adventure filled with history are: 
Chapel of Father Stanley Rother Francisco known as Francisco Aplas, Brotherhoods, St. James Church, Peace Park, Panabaj.
 
 
 
 
         
   

Museums 

The people of Atitlán are characterized by museums featuring exhibits of paintings by local and national artists as well as traditional carved wooden masks, typical textiles, such as paints and Guatemalan handicrafts. 
 
Some of the most representative museums are located in Panajachel (Ixchel Art Gallery, The Gallery, Center for Culture and Art House Cakchiquel, Eco Museum Lake Atitlan, White House Art Gallery, Lakeside Lake Atitlan Sosof Museum), San Pedro La Laguna (Xetawal Gallery, Jewelry and Art Gallery Mi Cabaña, Tzunun already Museum, Museum Tzutujil Maya Workshop Hi study) and Solola (Living Museum of Indigenous Culture Department of Solola).
 
         
   
Archeological Sites    
 
The most visited archaeological sites for tourism on Lake Atitlan is Chuitinamit The Archaeological Site , located in Santiago Atitlánen where the remains of a city of the Post Classic Maya, the Chuitinamit archaeological site, is believed was the capital town in tzutujil post -Classic Maya , facing Chuitinamit at bottom of Lake Atitlan found some obsidian objects and clay someday were offered up on this site , the site has some trails in fair condition , you can see some petroglyphs and wall remains .
 
Another attraction located in Santiago Archaeological Site is currently Muk Chuck , is the subject of archaeological investigation and not fully discovered . The route is a dirt road . Chuk Muk was the first town Tz'utujil . It's area was inhabited during the Late Pre- Classic from 300 BC to 250 AD , the Classic period of 250 AD to 600 AD, and Late Classic period of 600 AD to 1000 AD .
 
         
   
Religion and Mysticism 
 
Lake Atitlan is surrounded by auras of mystery woven of legends, where different beliefs, its waters and the majesty of the three volcanoes that meet shelter, find a harmonious communion. 
One of the most popular places of worship is Santiago, because of his devotion to the image of M 
aximón, a local saint who is attributed mystical powers.
 
         
   
Handicrafts
 
The origin of art comes from Tz'utujil ancestors who worked with natural materials for centuries. In the findings of clay pots, painted stones and miss escupidlas is palpable artistic traditions of the ancestors who inhabited the south of Lake Atitlan. 
In Atitlán, multiple workshops are sculpture, painting and expressions of naive art and woodwork. Likewisstone crafts and other materials. 
features artists with unique styles: primitivism, realism, surrealism and abstracte, in family groups occur in tissues looms and standing waist, embroidered and beaded jewelery. Stonemasons working