Once we arrive to Santiago Atitlán, you’ll learn of the local Saint "Maximon", who is the nahual of the tz'utujiles of Santiago Atitlán, and is venerated as the "guardian protector" of the Tz'utujil people given his status as a colonized people. Popular tradition refers that this character is a tree of "palo de pito" or "tz'atel", a common tree in the regions of Mesoamerica.
Santiago is the most popular lakeside settlement outside Panajachel, and many local people cling to a traditional Tz’utujil Mayan lifestyle. Women weave and wear huipiles (tunics) embroidered with brilliantly colored birds and flowers, and the cofradías town’s maintain the ceremonies and rituals of tradition, the syncretic traditions and practices of Mayan Catholicism.
* Time stipulated in this point, includes the time it takes to transfer by boat to Panajachel.