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In San Pedro la Laguna is generally a quiet town. That makes it good for studying as there are not a lot of distractions. Swimming constitutes the most wonderful pastime and may Pedranos swim on a daily basis, either in the morning or after work The lake is cool and refreshing, and swimming at six in the morning makes the rest of the day a delight.
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When the weather is less than perfect, you are compensated with spectacular and always-changing cloud formations around the mountains.
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. Near the muelle [dock] for Santiago Atitlán. You can arrange to rent horses. They however can take you only part way up the volcano. The ascent up the volcano takes about four hours. It is good to be cautious as I have heard rumors of people being robbed. Talk to Vicente or Samuel before you go, perhaps go in a large group and don't take valuables. Start very early in the cool of the day because in the heat of the afternoon you could easily get seriously dehydrated.
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. Growing coffee provides spending money for the campesino families of San Pedro and other towns aroung the lake. You will see coffee beans being processed and drying all around the edges of town. The smell of the coffee berries is distinctive, and if you are lucky to be there when the coffee plants are in flower you will find the countryside filled with their perfume.
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. The people of San Pedro have worked hard to give their children a good education. As a result there has been sufficient money to rebuilt older houses. When the land the building is built on is divided among the children, the old building comes down and several two or three story concrete block buildings go up. It is less picturesque, but is more comfortable, cleaner, and safer in earthquakes. There are still quite a number of very old structures in San Pedro. This one is the only one I know of which has one of the bird tiles on the peak of the roof. Someone told me a story/myth to the effect that some conquistadors had killed all the Mayan women in some town and they had come back as birds. I probably don't have it right so don't quote me, but there is some legend connected with these bird tiles. The window at right has a double headed quetzal bird carved above it.
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Onions and tomatoes require a lot of water and are grown on the low plots close to the lake. You will see people cleaning and sorting onions near the dock to Santiago. The plots are very beautiful and only a few minutes walk from Casa Rosario.
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Each Friday during lent there is a procession to all the stations of the cross set up around town. If you are not fortunate enough to be there during Semana Santa or for the Festival of San Pedro June 24th, don't worry. There are lots of reasons for processions.
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Feliciano Pop, a former mayor of San Pedro, has devoted his retirement to helping those less fortunate than himself. He has opened a small museum filled with stone carvings he has made. He has had an interesting and sometimes difficult life, which he will be happy to tell you about if you visit him.
   
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