"xk'ap" Top 5 Page for this destination Lago de Atitlán Favorite Tip by filipdebont
Lago de Atitlán General: 5 reviews and 5 photos
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.