Traveling northwest from Antigua, stops along the road reveal vistas of lush forest and rugged mountains, glimpses into villages of the indigenous people, and views of huge Lake Atitlan.
An inactive volcano rises at the lake's edge. It's believed that volcanic ash dammed an ancient valley and created the lake.
The winding road down from the Highlands leads to Solola, near the lake. The town is noted for its Indian market, which pulsates with the colors and textures of Mayan life.