will close on Feb 27th.

Please save any personal content and exchange contact info with other members you?d like to stay in touch with. Thank you for your contributions to the VirtualTourist community.

"xk'ap" Top 5 Page for this destination Lago de Atitlán Favorite Tip by filipdebont

Lago de Atitlán General: 5 reviews and 5 photos

  The typical xk'ap
by filipdebont

Favorite thing: The most remarkable headdress I did see during my trip through Guatemala was in Santiago Atitlan, a small village at the borders of the Atitlan Lake.

There still few women were an xk’ap. This is a band of red cloth (it must be about 10 meters long), wrapped around the head.

I must say that I did only see one lady with this headdress, our guide told us that it is going out of use, and you’ll probably only see it at fiestas and on market days worn by the older ladies.

And when we returned to the boat, I asked a local young girl where I could find a lady wearing such red band. And she told me, that she had one and she was willing to put it on for me, to make a picture for a few quetzals. Of course I said yes, it would be a pity to leave Santiago Atitlan without a picture of an xk’ap.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Written Feb 25, 2003
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse



“Preparing my next trip : South-East of the States”

Online Now


Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 0 7 2

Have you been to Lago de Atitlán?

  Share Your Travels